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Cards Now in Must-Win Situation as NESCAC Tournament at Home Enters Second Day of Action

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Hoping to pick up their first-ever NESCAC tournament win when they hosted Trinity in a first-round game Fri., May 2, the Cardinals got in a hole early and never recovered as the Bantams claimed a 7-0 win. Wesleyan will face Little Three rival Williams, a 7-0 loser to Tufts in its first-round battle, in a loser's bracket game Sat., May 3. Trinity and Tufts play in a winner's bracket game after that with the double-elimination tournament continuing to a champion. Against Trinity, Wesleyan fell behind 1-0 in the 1st inning and when the Bantams got a two-run homer in the 2nd, the gap grew to 3-0. Three unearned runs in the 3rd put Trinity ahead 6-0 and Wesleyan, which had hit at a .429 clip during a double-header at Trinity six days earlier, could not find its rhythm at the plate, managing just three hits, one by Marcia Whitehead '08 (photo courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11), upping her career-high figure to 178. Trinity added another homer in the 5th for the final margin. The Cardinals will look to regain the form that gave them two wins at Williams earlier this year when the Cards and Ephs tangle in their elimination game Saturday. The winner goes on to meet the loser of the Trinity-Tufts contest later in the day. Williams has won three NESCAC tournament titles in the last seven years while Tufts has won the other four. Wesleyan is now 0-3 in NESCAC tournament play, having lost twice to Trinity and once to Tufts. The Cards will be facing Williams for the first time in tournament action.