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Talia Bernstein '11 Record 55 Hits, Meaghan Dendy '10 Record 12 Wins, Both 1st-Team All-NESCAC

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Led by Talia Bernstein '11 (#9, main photo) throughout their 17-20 season, the Cardinals had another outstanding year with a second straight NESCAC West title and two victories in the NESCAC tournament while facing Tufts for the conference crown a second straight year.

In the final game of the season for the Cardinals in the NESCAC playoffs at Tufts Sun., May 3, the Jumbos pulled away for an 8-2 victory, their second win over Wesleyan in the tournament. It gave Tufts its third consecutive NESCAC title. Bernstein pounded out three hits in four at-bats and had an RBI double in the 1st inning as the Cardinals grabbed an early 2-0 edge. But two runs for Tufts in the 2nd and another three in the 3rd helped the 38-1 Jumbos captured their third straight NESCAC crown.

Bernstein ended the year with and .482 batting average on 55 hits, breaking the school record of 51 set by Marcia Whitehead '08 last season. She also had the third-highest batting average ever at the college and the highest by a player with at least 100 at-bats during the season. With 106 career hits, Bernstein is the first sophomore to eclipse the 100-hit plateau while putting her in a tie for seventh on the all-time Wesleyan hits list. Getting a hit during the final game, Meaghan Dendy '10 (photo insert lower right) picked up her 137th career safety, tying her with Becca Feiden '08 for number two. She will look to surpass Whitehead's all-time record of 173 during the 2010 campaign.

Dendy also ended the year with a 12-8 pitching record, upping her career total to 30-19. The 12 victories breaks her own Wesleyan record for seasonal wins of 11 set in 2008 and her 30 triumphs is the most by any pitcher ever at Wesleyan. The previous mark was 28. Dendy also ranked second on the team in batting average with a .365 average, tying her with Chrissy Bello '12.

For the second year in a row, both Bernstein and Dendy were named first-team all-NESCAC, Bernstein as an infielder and Dendy as a utility player. Bernstein also made the National Fastpitch Coaches Association New England all-star second team and the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA) all-star first team. Dendy was an NEISCA honorable-mention pick. Molly O'Connell '09, who was a rock at shortstop for the Cardinals, was chosen for the all-NESCAC second team. O'Connell hit .324 on the year with an outstanding .941 fielding percentage. She set the Wesleyan record for career homers with 10, hitting three this season, and ranks fifth all-time in career hits with 115.

ADDITIONAL NOTE - During the summer of 2009, Sam Epstein '12 helped the USA squad capture a gold medal at the World Maccabiah Games. For the complete article, visit the link in the gray area to the left.

(photos courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)