Cards Captured Third Straight to End Arizona Trip at 5-8 led by .537 BA of Talia Bernstein '11
After posting their first two-win day on Wed., March 18 with victories over Edgewood and Lakeland (see previous headlines for details), the Cardinals wrapped up their play in the Tucson Invitational by downing Missouri Valley, 4-3, Thurs., March 19. The win gave the Cards a 5-8 record in Arizona.
Falling behind Missouri Valley 2-0 in the top of the 2nd, Wesleyan came right back to knot the count at 2-2 when Katie Grogan '09 stroked a two-run single to bring home Talia Bernstein '11 (#9, main photo), who singled, and Chrissy Bello, who was hit by a pitch.
The Cardinals took the lead for good in the 5th as Bernstein pounded her second hit of the game and 22nd of the season, a double to left to plate Julia Chamberlin '09, who led off the the frame with a base hit. Bello then wrapped an RBI single as Bernstein scored her second run of the contest. It proved to be the game-winner as MVC rallied for an unearned run in the 6th and loaded the bases with two outs. Meaghan Dendy '10 (#7, photo insert lower left) got out of the jam by coaxing a fielder's choice grounder to short to end the threat.
MVC got a runner on in the 7th and moved her to second with a sacrifice bunt but when the runner tried to grab an extra base, a smart throw by Sam Epstein '12 to Chamberlin covering at third nailed the runner. A ground out to Molly O'Connell '09 at shortstop ended the game. Dendy finished with a six-hitter while yielding two earned runs in improving her record to 3-4.
During the 13-game excursion, three Cardinal regulars hit in excess of .400, paced by Bernstein with a .537 average. She had eight multiple-hit games during the trip. Next at .439 is Dendy, who hit safely in all 13 games, followed by Taylor Zavadsky '10 at .424. As a team, Wesleyan swung a solid .339 bat.
Wesleyan's next game was its opening NESCAC and Little Three game of the season Fri., March 27 as the squad hosted Amherst. Wesleyan scored first, getting a run during its initial at-bat as Dendy singled and scored on a double by Zavadsky. Dendy's single extended her hitting streak to 14 games. Amherst took the lead for good by scoring all four if its runs in the 3rd inning, courtesy of a two-run homer and a two-run double.
Wesleyan was limited to five hits while Amherst picked up 12. Sam Epstein '12 pounded two of the Cardinals' five safeties.
The Cardinals will have two more shots at the Lord Jeffs as the teams square off in a double-header in Amherst Sat., March 28 to complete their three-game series.
(photos courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)