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Meaghan Dendy '10, Recent NESCAC POW, Has Another Great Weekend at Middlebury in 3-0 Series

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Pitching two complete-game victories while allowing 13 hits in 14 innings and only two earned runs, while going 7-for-11 at the plate with three runs scoring and three RBI, Meaghan Dendy '10 (photo by Ron Bernstein P'11) showed why she was the NESCAC Player of the Week last week as she led the Cardinals to their second sweep of a NESCAC West foe, this time Middlebury Sat., April 12. Playing a rare triple-header, Wesleyan captured wins by scores of 10-4, 7-1 and 5-1. Dendy sandwiched her wins around a fine effort from Karla Hargrave '08, who tossed a six-hitter in the middle game. Marcia Whitehead '08 went 7-for-9 in the opening two games as the Cardinals collected 28 hits. Though reduced to eight hits in the third game, the excitement came in the 6th inning when Wesleyan broke a 1-1 tie with a four-run eruption. Dendy scored the go-ahead run and Molly O'Connell '09 had the big hit in the inning, driving in a pair with a triple. Despite 16 hits in the first game, Wesleyan scored six of its 10 runs unearned as Middlebury was guilty of eight miscues. Game two began with a 4-0 Wesleyan lead in the 1st inning thanks to one Panther error, an RBI double by Joanna Brownson '08 and a run-producing single by O'Connell. The Cards showed their medal in a non-conference game with GNAC leader Pine Manor Tues., April 15, coming back with two runs in the bottom of the 7th for a 3-2 victory. O'Connell led of the decisive inning with a double and Hargrave, who threw a seven-hitter with just one earned run allowed and eight Ks, sliced another double to tie the game. Hargrave then scored the winning run from third base on a ground single up the middle by Whitehead. Talia Bernstein '11 had the other RBI in the 1st. The Cardinals can make history this weekend during their series with Amherst. One win among the three games, the first at Amherst Fri., April 18 followed by a double-header at home Sat., April 19, will put Wesleyan back in the NESCAC tournament for a second straight season while two wins will make it the top seed in the West and the tournament host come May 2. Also, the second game Sat. will be webcast on a one-hour delay basis. Details for watching the game are on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."