Meaghan Dendy '10 and Dayna Yorks '07 Pace Cards to Sweep of Hamilton & 1st Place in NESCAC West
Meaghan Dendy '10 (#7, main photo) went 7-for-9 from her leadoff spot and scored five of Wesleyan's 15 runs in a double-header sweep of Hamilton Sat., April 14. The 8-4 and 7-3 victories improved the team to 7-2 in NESCAC West play, giving Wesleyan possession of first place with three league games remaining in the final weekend of the regular season at home with Middlebury. The Panthers gave Williams its second loss, leaving Williams at 4-2. Wesleyan can clinch its first-ever playoff spot by taking two of three from Middlebury but circumstances could make it even easier depending on what Williams, Middlebury and Amherst do between now and April 27. While Dendy, who also threw a four-hitter for the win in game 1 vs. Hamilton April 14 and was named NESCAC Pitcher of the Week (2-0, 1.17 ERA, opponent batting average of .170, 8 Ks, no walks in 12 innings of work) was getting it done at the plate, Dayna Yorks '07 (#23, photo insert upper left) came in for only her third pitching appearance of the year and shut the door on Hamilton in the second game. With the bases loaded and two outs, Yorks came in to pitch in the 2nd inning. She got the final out to keep it a 3-2 deficit and allowed just three hits and no runs the rest of the way in getting the win as Wesleyan rallied for five runs, three of them in the 5th as Dendy doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Becca Feiden '08. Molly Gaebe '07, who had picked up the 100th hit of her career in the first game (she now has 102 as one of only six softball players at Wesleyan to turn the trick) and Nikki Katz '09 closed out the inning with RBI hits. In the opener, 5th-inning doubles by Molly O'Connell '09, Jo Brownson '08 and Alicia Collen '08 accounted for two runs to break a 4-4 tie. The next outing for the squad will be a road trip to Bates for a double-header Sat., April 21.