Hitting Nearly .500 During a Twin-Bill vs. Bates, Cards Roar Back for a Pair of High-Scoring Wins
Opening the northern and home schedule vs. Bates in a double-header Sun., March 28, Wesleyan went 36-for-73 (.493) as a team over the two games in posting a 13-12 decision in nine innings in game one and a titanic come-from-behind 16-15 victory in the nightcap.
Down 12-0 after Bates struck for a dozen unearned runs in the top half of the 1st inning of the second game, Wesleyan rallied for four runs in the 3rd, three in the 4th and two in the 5th to make it a 12-9 game. Bates pushed the margin back to six at 15-9 in the top of the 6th before Wesleyan got five back in the bottom of the inning, making it a 15-14 game. After Bates stranded a runner at third base in the top of the 7th, Wesleyan loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the frame. Taylor Zavadsky '10 then walked to force in the tying run before Dana Levy '12 (#10, photo insert upper right) uncorked a blast over the left fielder's head for the game-winning hit. Levy was 4-for-8 with three runs and three RBI in the two games.
Allee Beatty '13 (#22, main photo) and Tori Redding '13 (#14, photo insert upper left) combined to go 14-for-20 (.700) from the top two spots in the lineup while scoring 10 runs and knocking in five during the double-header. Each was 7-for-10 at the plate.
Meaghan Dendy '10 (#7, photo insert lower right) was 5-for-10 with five runs and seven RBI. She scored the winning run in the bottom of the 9th of game one, scampering home from third base on a wild pitch. Her single through the left side had brought in the tying run after a Levy double had made it a 12-11 game.
Wesleyan trailed 4-0 after the top of the 1st in the opener but rallied for an 8-5 lead in the bottom of the 5th. Bates tied the game in the top of 6th, sending the game into extra innings. Bates scored two runs in the top of the 8th and the top of the 9th. Wesleyan responded to tie in the bottom of the 8th thanks to RBI singles by Chrissy Bello '12 and Sam Epstein '12, then win it in the 9th.
Dendy, who started the first game on the mound, went eight innings before giving way to Levy, who got the win in relief. Dendy then put an end to the Bates scoring in the 1st inning of game two as she was the third Cardinal pitcher of the frame. She ended up with nearly a complete game, going 6.1 innings while allowing six hits and two earned runs. Over the two games, Dendy pitched 14.1 innings with seven earned runs allowed and 10 strikeouts.
Wesleyan was to be at home for its next game, hosting in-state rival Coast Guard Wed., March 31 but the game was postponed due to wet grounds. The game will be rescheduled at a later date. Next up for the team is a three-game NESCAC West home series with Hamilton starting with a single game Fri., April 2.
(photos courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)