Karla Hargarve '08 Picks Up First No-Hitter to Complement Record-Breaking 15 Ks

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During five games between April 18-22, all won by Wesleyan, pitcher Karla Hargrave '08 (main photo) tossed 18 innings, allowing only seven hits and one unearned run as she went 3-0 with wins over Elms, Mitchell and Bowdoin. Along the way she struck out 26 batters, 15 of them in the Elms game Tues., April 18, to set a Wesleyan single-game record. Not to be outdone, Hargrave came up with another gem in the second game vs. Hamilton Sat., April 29, tossing the first known no-hitter at Wesleyan in a 1-0 victory after the Cardinals lost the opener, 11-0. She had seven strikeouts in the contest. Earlier in the week, she dropped a tough 2-1 decision at Trinity as she allowed just four hits and the first earned run in her last five outings, that coming in the bottom of the seventh with the score tied, 1-1. All told, Hargrave yielded just 13 hits and one earned run over her last 31.2 innings pitched this season with 40 strikeouts. In the team's season-ending double-header with Bates, Molly Gaebe '07 (photo insert, lower left) took over on the mound in the first inning of game one after Hargrave was hit with a line drive. Gaebe responded by going 6.2 IP while allowing just three hits and no runs in an 8-1 Wesleyan win. Sarah Gillooly '06 (photo insert, lower right) broke the game open with a bases-loaded triple in the fifth inning. She also got the game-winning hit in the bottom of the 7th of the nighcap as Wesleyan rallied for four runs with two outs to grad a 7-6 decision. Gaebe again got the win in relief, going 3.2 IP and giving up just one hit and no runs. Gaebe ended the season atop the batting list as well with a .380 average, followed closely by Marcia Whitehead '08 (photo insert, upper right) at .375. Gaebe was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine District I academic All-America first team and will appear on the national ballot as a utility player. She also received first-team all-NESCAC honors while Whitehead was a second-team all-New England choice by both the National Fastpitch Coaches Association and the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association. Winners in eight of their final 11 games, the Cardinals posted a final record of 13-21. The team's batting average improved by 16 points over the final one-third of the season (from .240 to .256) while the team's ERA dropped from 4.10 to 3.28.