Meaghan Dendy '10 & Molly O'Connell '09 Team Up to Help Extend Win Streak to 12 in Sweep of Bowdoin
Coming back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the 9th to take a 4-3 decision in the nightcap, Wesleyan swept Bowdoin Sun., April 22 to push its win streak to 12 games, double the prevous team record, and make it a 19-win season so far, also a team standard. The Cardinals had held on for a 4-3 win in the opener as Meaghan Dendy '10 (#7, main photo) went 3-for-3, scoring a first-inning run and driving in a pair in the 2nd to lead the way. Karla Hargrave '08 came in to get the final three outs before Bowdoin could do too much damage, despite giving up a fly ball that led to a two-run Cardinal error. It was even more dramatic in the second game as Bowdoin came back to tie with a pair of runs in the 6th and got a go-ahead run in the top of the second extra inning, the 9th. With one out in the bottom of the 9th, Hargrave singled into the hole at short and Dendy followed with a deep shot to the left-field corner for a triple, scoring Hargrave with the tying run. After a walk and a bouncer back to the pitcher which Bowdoin refused to throw to first for fear that Dendy would score the winning run (she scored on a similar play in the opening game), Bowdoin got the second out on a pop foul. Up came Molly O'Connell '09 (#18, photo insert lower right) with the bases loaded. She ground a single back through the middle and into right center field, plating Dendy with the winner. It was O'Connell's second hit of the contest. Hitting .538 for the week while scoring five runs and driving in five, Dendy was honored by the NESCAC for the second week in a row. She was named Player of the Week this time after receiving Pitcher of the Week honors last week. The team faced its third straight NESCAC East opponent when Trinity came to Middletown Wed., April 25. It was slated to be a double-header but rain cancelled the second game after Trinity ended the Cardinals' streak with an 8-0, 5-inning affair. Trinity got five in the 2nd inning, using four hits, four walks and an error, to take charge. The Wesleyan bats were held to just one Molly Gaebe '07 single. Wesleyan will focus its attention on Middlebury which comes to town for a three-game NESCAC West series over the weekend in a showdown for a NESCAC tournament spot. Wesleyan needs just one victory to clinch its first trip to the NESCAC tournament. The game originally slated for Fri., April 27 has been moved to Sun., April 29 due to impending bad weather. As a result, the first game of the double-header on Sat., April 28 will be webcast stafrting at about 2 p.m. with details for watching on the athletics web site under Webcasts.