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Cards Go 3-0 on Day Two of NESCAC Tourney to Force Deciding Game vs. Tufts on Sunday

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Despite having to play all three games as the visiting team on its own field Sat., May 3 during the second day of the NESCAC tournament, the Cardinals rolled past Williams, 13-3, and Trinity, 8-2, before getting a dramatic victory over Tufts, 3-2. Molly O'Connell '09 (central photo) provided the firepower vs. the Jumbos as she pounded a 6th-ininng home run to left with two teammates on base, erasing a 2-0 deficit. It was her second homer of the day as she blasted one of three two-run homers vs. Trinity, the other two coming from Jo Brownson '08 (photo insert lower right). In total, Wesleyan had five round-trippers over the three games as Anu Rimal '11 sent one over the fence in the rout of Williams. On the mound, Karla Hargrave '08 (photo insert lower left) went the distance against both Williams and Trinity to pick up two victories. She allowed 13 hits and five runs while her cohorts racked up 26 hits and 21 runs. Talia Bernstein '11 (photo insert upper left) went 5-for-8 in those two games with four RBI. Meaghan Dendy '10 got the complete game win over Tufts, her second such win this season as she was the pitcher of record in a 9-6 triumph over the Jumbos in California back in March. This time, she held Tufts to two runs, only one of which was earned, and seven hits. In going through the rest of the NESCAC tournament field unbeaten following their opening-day loss to Trinity, the Cardinals have set up a showdown for the NESCAC title and automatic berth in the NCAAs vs. Tufts on Sunday, May 4. Tufts blasted three three-run homers in the championship game to win going away, 10-3. Wesleyan grabbed the early 2-0 lead on a two-run single in the 2nd by Becca Feiden '08. Tufts used one of its homers for a 3-2 lead in its half of the inning. The score was 4-2 for the Jumbos when Brownson smacked an RBI single to center in the 5th to make it a one-run game again. But the flood gates opened for Tufts in the 6th as the Jumbos launched a pair of three-run blasts to secure their second straight NESCAC title. Marcia Whitehead '08 (photo insert upper right), with two hits in the game, broke the Wesleyan single-season record of 50, set by Carley Rutledge in 1996, with 51 hits this year. That upped her all-time Wesleyan carer record total to 173. Ranking second all-time in hits is Feiden with 137. (photos by Ron Bernstein P'11)