- May 02, 2015
Baseball - Sweep of Hamilton, Behind Gavin Pittore '16 & Sam Elias '15 Pitching, Gives Baseball First-Ever 12-0 Record in NESCAC West-Team Also Beats Trinity for Record-Breaking Win
In contrasting styles, Wesleyan swept a pair of games against NESCAC West rival Hamilton, 1-0 in seven innings and 13-1 in nine innings, Sat., May 2, to become the first west divisional squad to go undefeated over the 12-game conference schedule in the 15 years the system has been in place. In the NESCAC East, Trinity accomplished the feat twice (2008 and 2009). Williams enjoyed an 11-1 conference mark in 2001, the previous best performance by a NESCAC West team.
Gavin Pittore '16 (#13, pitching in main photo) was outstanding on the mound for the Cardinals in the opener, limiting the Continentals to two singles, one in each of the first two innings, then went five frames of hitless pitching. He struck out eight and walked three in posting his sixth consecutive complete game this season, upping his record to 6-2.
Wesleyan got its lone run in the 2nd inning as Ben Hoynes '15 (#10, photo insert bottom), who went 3-for-3 in the contest, singled to left field with one out, advanced to second on a groundout, and scored when Nick Miceli '17 laced a double into right-center field. The pitchers controlled the game the rest of the way as Hamilton only surrendered three hits over Wesleyan's final four innings at the plate.
- May 02, 2015
Womens Crew - Cardinals Come Away from New Englands with Pair of Bronze Medals, 7th Place for Varsity 8
Competing in the annual New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Sat., May 2, Wesleyan's second varsity 8 and third varsity 8 stroked their way to bronze medals in their respective events while the varsity 8 took the title in the petite final, giving it a seventh-place finish overall. The next and final action for the squad is back in Worcester Sat., May 9 for the ECAC Collegiate Championships.
With three heats of the varsity 8, Wesleyan placed third behind Trinity and Middlebury, who placed the Cardinals in the petitie final as just the top two in each heat advanced to the grand final. Wesleyan's crew of Remy Johnson '16, Ava Miller-Lewis '17, Emma Koramshahi '16, Annie Dade '16, Emma Halter '17, Emma Buford '16, Amanda Molitor '18 and Avery Mushinski '15 with cox Brianne Wiemann '15 then bettered the field by 6.4 seconds over second-place WPI in its second race of the day to come in seventh overall among 17 entries.
- May 02, 2015
Mens Crew - Men's Crew Returns From New Englands with Three Medals in Varsity Eight Races
Matching the effort of the 2008 Cardinals when all three varsity 8 entries returned from New Englands with a medal, the 2015 edition came though with a gold medal in the third varsity 8 race and bronze medals in both the varsity 8 and the second varsity 8 during the New England Rowing Championships on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. Sat., May 2. In 2008, both the varsity 8 and third varsity 8 took third while the second varsity eight was runner-up.
The varsity 8, represented by rowers Mike Queenan '17, Colin Mattox '17, Ben Record '15, Sam Giagzoglou '16, Chris Steidl '18, Zach Obstfeld '18, Chris Nanda '16, Ethan Currie '15 and cox Emma Siegenberg '18, placed third in its heat, behind BC and Williams, with the margin between the Cardinals and Ephs less than half a second. But the Cardinals got the better of it in the grand final, defeating both Williams and Trinity, two crews that bested Wesleyan during the regular season, while taking third behind Bates and BC. Wesleyan finished one second ahead of the Bantams and two seconds ahead of the Ephs. The Cardinals were 3/4 of a second behind BC for the silver medal. In total, 13 crews competed in the event.
- May 01, 2015
Womens Tennis - Women's Tennis Comes Ever So Close to Upset of #8 Bowdoin in NESCACs, Eudice Chong '18 Completes Banner Season, Nationals Ahead for Her
Taking on a Bowdoin squad the Cardinals fell to by a 7-2 score to open their western swing in California in March, Wesleyan had a chance at redemption Fri., May 1 in the first-round of the six-team NESCAC tournament at Middlebury. Wesleyan was seeded fifth, ranked 17th nationally, while Bowdoin was fourth, ranked eighth in the country. In a titanic battle, Bowdoin pulled out the 5-4 win to face top-seeded Williams in the semifinals.
The Cardinals got off to a brisk start as the team of Eudice Chong '18 (left side photo) and Aashli Budhiraja '18, playing together at #1 doubles for the first time this season, came away with a comfortable 8-2 win, followed by the #3 doubles team of Helen Klass-Warch '18 and Dasha Dubinsky '18 (right side photo) posting an 8-4 win, also as a first-time pair. At #2 doubles, Nicole McCann '18 and Anna Howard '15 led much of the match, but at 7-6, dropped two games to fall behind, 8-7. They recovered to make it 8-8, sending the match into a tie-breaker. The Cardinal tandem had a 10-9 lead and just missed putting the match away, only to falter in the end, 13-11. Thus, Wesleyan led 2-1 after doubles.
- May 01, 2015
Baseball - Nick Cooney '15 Has Career-Best 13 Ks, Takes over Career Leadership in Strikeouts in 3-2 Win over Hamilton
In the first of a three-game NESCAC West series, Wesleyan got a career-high 13 strikeouts from Nick Cooney '13 (#21, right side photo) in a complete-game effort and rallied for three runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to pull out a 3-2 baseball win over visiting Hamilton Fri., May 1. Wesleyan (22-8, 10-0) had already clinched the top spot in the division for the upcoming NESCAC tournament May 8-10. Hamilton (14-11, 4-6) had been eliminated from post-season contention. The teams will lock horns in a double-header Sat., May 2 to close out the series. Both games will be webcast and have LiveStats. Wesleyan has equaled its greatest number of wins on NESCAC play and wil be looking to set a record Saturday.
Cooney, who had had two previous games with 12 strikeouts including the opening game of the 2015 season against Carroll (WI) in an 11-0 win and against Hamilton in 2014, also became the career leader in strikeouts at Wesleyan, now with 237 in 203.2 innings pitched over four years. The previous career record had been 233.
- April 27, 2015
Volleyball - Ben Somera Appointed Faculty Head Coach of Women's Volleyball at Wesleyan, Begins July 1, 2015
Ben Somera, most recently the head coach of women's volleyball at Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I., has been appointed faculty head coach of women's volleyball at Wesleyan University for the 2015 season, Director of Athletics Mike Whalen announced.
Somera steps into the post handled by Gale Lackey since 1984 as she announced her retirement effective at the end of the academic year. He is just the third-ever varsity head coach of Cardinal women's volleyball as Lackey assumed the reins in just the second varsity season, leading the program through 31 campaigns. Lackey has been coaching at Wesleyan since 1978, beginning with field hockey and women's lacrosse, before switching to volleyball after six years with field hockey.
"I consider it a privilege to join the Wesleyan community," said Sommera. "I would like to thank Mike Whalen and his staff for the trust they have placed in me to lead the Cardinal volleyball program. Gale has been an outstanding ambassador for Wesleyan University and the volleyball program and I am honored to be a part of what she has built."
- April 26, 2015
Softball - Cardinals Finish Season with 2 Wins in Final 3 NESCAC West Games as Su Pardo '16 Sparkles in Circle - Jill Gately '15 Named All-NESCAC
Su Pardo '16 (#10, left side photo) picked up pitching wins vs. Amherst, 4-2, Sat., April 25 and Middlebury, 2-1, Sun., April 26 as Wesleyan closed out the softball season with a 14-17-1 overall record and 4-8 conference mark. Pardo threw five innings against the Panthers as she alternated innings with Julie McDonald '18 to begin the game, then settled in to close out the game with the final three innings of work. She picked up four strikeouts to bring her career total to 391, just six shy of the Wesleyan record. She allowed only three singles against Middlebury and no runs.
Wesleyan got the only runs it needed in the bottom of the 1st inning as Izzy Linzer '17, who led the team with 37 hits and a .346 batting average, had a infield single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. When Jill Gately '15 (#17, photo upper right) was hit by a pitch, she also stole second. At the plate, Rielly Wieners '17 (#24, photo lower right) slammed a double to the fence in left field, plating both Linzer and Gately. Pardo and McDonald did the rest, holding Middlebury to four hits.
- April 25, 2015
Baseball - Baseball Shuts Out Amherst Twice, Secures Little 3 Crown for 3rd Straight Year, Locks up NESCAC West Top Seed - Sam Elias '15 Honored Again
The domination of Wesleyan's three starting conference-weekend pitchers during a three-game sweep of Amherst Fri.-Sat., April 24-25 to wrap up both the 2015 Little Three crown, the team's third in a row, and the NESCAC West title with a 9-0 mark before finishing with Hamilton, is truly remarkable. Facing an Amherst squad that entered with weekend with a .335 team batting average, the combination of Nick Cooney '15, Gavin Pittore '16 and Sam Elias '15 went a total of 23 innings, collectively allowing a mere eight hits for an opposing team batting average of .113. The three all produced shutouts during their time on the mound. They gathered 17 strikeouts and issued six walks over the three outings. Elias also got the final out in the series opener after a pair of relievers were touched for five runs in the 10-5 Cardinal victory.
- April 25, 2015
Mens Track and Field - LaDarius Drew '15, Named Outstanding Performer, Repeats as Two-Event Champ at NESCACs, also Has Runner-up Finish, Evan Bieder '15 5K Winner
After winning the 200m and long jump while placing second in the 100m at the 2014 NESCAC track & field championships, LaDarius Drew '15 (right side photo) improved on all his performances in time and distance Sat., April 25, as he repeated as NESCAC long-jump champion while winning the 100m and securing runner-up status in the 200m. A year ago, he was voted outstanding performer of the meet and 2015 followed suit as he repeated as the outstanding performer following the vote of the conference coaches.
Drew conquered the field in the 100m with a :10.92 clocking and added a :22.11 run in the 200m, placing second, just a scant .06 seconds out of first. In the long jump, Drew leaped 23-4 3/4, just 1/4 inch shy of the Wesleyan school record held by Alll-American Tommy Lark, set in 2012. Drew is now tied for 11th nationally in Division III in the long jump. His nearest competior at the NESCAC meet was almost a foot behind.
Wesleyan also got a premier finish in the 5k from Evan Bieder '15 (left side photo) as his 14:41.27 clocking bettered the field of 28 finishers by almost 36 seconds. The effort ranks him 24th in the country.
- April 25, 2015
Womens Track and Field - Ellie Martin '16 is NESCAC 400m Women's Track Champion, Cardinals Set 2 Relay Records While Placing 9th as a Team
Picking up 42 team points to place ninth in the annual NESCAC Championships hosted by Williams Sat., April 25, the Cardinals highlighted their efforts with 10 place-taking performances, led by Ellie Martin '16 (photo insert lower right), whose :57.49 clocking in the 400m dash gave her a conference crown. She also was part of Wesleyan's 4x400m relay, joined by Melissa Luning '15, Ananya Subrahmanian '18 and Sarah Swenson '18, for a second-place finish in a Wesleyan-record time of 3:53.64, about three seconds under the previous program record. That performance ranks Wesleyan 16th nationally in Division III.
Another Cardinal record fell as the 4x800m relay quartet of Sydney Cogswell '16, Nikita Rajgopal '17, Aida Julien '18 and Aidan Bardos '17 cruised to a third-place time of 9:25.50, more than two seconds faster than any previous Cardinal squad.
Orelia Jonathan '15 (main photo) provided the Cardinals with three point-getting performances in field events as she took fourth in the discus, fifth in the hammer and seventh in the shot put.