Cards Slip to 4-2 in NESCAC West as Williams Grabs Two Wins out of Three as Unearned Runs Abound

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The Cardinals headed to Williams for a pivotal NESCAC West weekend as the teams started with a double-header Sat., April 10 after a single game slated for April 9 was moved to April 11 due to bad weather. Wesleyan built a 4-0 lead in the opener but allowed seven unearned runs due to five errors over the final three frames to come out on the short side of a 7-6 score. Meaghan Dendy '10 (#7, photo insert lower left) allowed six hits while striking out seven and did not let up an earned run. She also had two hits in the contest as did Chrissy Bello '12 (#4, main photo). Dana Levy '12, with a two-run homer in the 3rd, and Tori Redding '13, with a two-run single in the 6th, accounted for four of the team's six runs.

Wesleyan made short work of the second game, scoring eight runs in the 2nd and seven in the 4th to capture a 16-6, five-inning decision. Caitlyn Grudzinski '13 logged the win on the mound, giving up six hits and only one earned run. She walked no one. The Cardinals collected 16 hits, paced by Levy and Bello with three each. Levy capped the seven-run 4th with a two-run single. Bello had the game's lone four-bagger, a two-run shot during the eight-run 2nd inning.

The rubber match April 11 went to Williams, 5-3, as two mistakes with the bases loaded by the Cardinal defense in the 1st inning allowed a pair of Williams runs to score. The Ephs added two more before the frame ended, putting Wesleyan in a 4-0 hole. Levy went the distance on the mound with an eight-hitter, one earned run allowed, a pair of walks and two strikeouts.

Wesleyan cut the margin to 4-3 by the top of the 5th as Alexis Kral '12 doubled in a run in the 2nd and Dendy drove in a run in the 5th before scoring herself on an error. Wesleyan got runners on in both the 6th and 7th but left three on base while Williams tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the 5th. It was one of only two earned runs by the Ephs over the weekend as 16 of the 18 runs yielded by the Cardinals were unearned.

Bello completed the three-game series hitting .667 as she went 6-for-9 with two runs and four RBI. She leads the team at the plate this season with a lofty .479 average. She is .123 higher than the team's #2 hitter Allee Beatty '13 (.356).

Wesleyan, which reached the #7 spot in the New England Division III rankings last week, takes on the region's top-ranked squad, Eastern Connecticut, in a double-header Thurs., April 15 for its next action. The opening game of the twin-bill will be webcast and a link to watch the contest is available on the athletics home page under "Webcasts."

(photos courtesy of Ron Bernstein P'11)