2014 WEEKLY SPRING SPORTS SUMMARY
4/14/14 through 4/20/14
Running its winning streak to 12 games with a pair of wins at Hamilton before losing for the first time up north, the baseball team clinched its second straight trip to the NESCAC tournament and fourth in the last six seasons. The team that wins at least two of three games between Wesleyan and Amherst this coming weekend will be the NESCAC West champ. The other will be the second seed in the division. At Hamilton, Robby Harbison ’17 went 7-for-14 (.500) with four runs and six RBI. He had a titanic game in the opener, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, a double, four RBI and four runs. Sam Goodwin-Boyd ’15 hit .471 and smacked a three-run homer in the second game of the series. Jeff Blout ’14 had his third straight seven-inning complete game, allowing just five hits and one run to push his seasonal record to 5-0.
Three Cardinals took first place during the Little Three women's track and field meet. Sierra Livious ’14 won the 100m hurdles while also placing second in the hammer throw and shot put, the former in Wesleyan-record style with a 162-7 toss, nearly 10 feet over her previous record a week earlier. Sydney Cogswell ’16 won the 400m dash and Aidan Bardos ’17 took top honors in the 800m race. As a team, the Cardinals outpointed Amherst for the third year in a row.
LaDarius Drew ’15 and Agbon Edomwonyi ’16 continued to excel for men’s track and field, as each won two events during the Little Three Championships. Drew outraced the field in the 100m and 200m dashes. He also took second in the long jump. Edomwonyi triumphed in the hammer throw and discus while adding second place in the shot put.
Mike Giambanco ’14 scored three goals and added an assist to pace men’s lacrosse during its showdown with Tufts for the top seed in the NESCAC tournament. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Tufts came out on top. Also with a hat trick for Wesleyan was Lyle Mitchell ’16. Defender Elliot Albert ’14 caused five Tufts turnovers in the game. A win in the regular-season finale vs. Conn. College locks up the #2 seed for the Cardinals in the NESCAC playoffs.
Women’s tennis rolled past Conn. College for its third NESCAC win before being toppled by third-ranked nationally Amherst. Grace Smith ’14, at #2, and Anna Howard ’14, at #4, proved most successful vs. Amherst, winning six and five games, respectively.
Women’s lacrosse built a 5-3 lead in the second half against 17th-ranked nationally Tufts before falling by two goals. Both Martha Harding ’16 and Meredith Smith ’17 netted a pair of Wesleyan goals, while netminder Nina Labovich ’16 came up with 11 saves.
Men‘s tennis fell to Amherst, ranked third nationally, while three Cardinal entries performed well. The #1 doubles pair of Jake Roberts ’17 and Sam Rudovsky ’16 pushed their Lord Jeff rivals to a tie-breaker in a 9-8 loss. Michael King ’16 recovered from a 6-0 first-set loss to take the second set, 6-4, before falling in a super tie-breaker, 10-8. At #3, Stephen Monk ’15 got to a tie-breaker in the second set, winning seven games in his match.
Abby Rutt ’17 went 6-for-13 (.462) over a five-game week for softball, while raising her team-leading batting average to .439. She drove in two runs to give her 24 for the year, also a team best, and slammed her team-high fourth homer of the campaign along with a double.
Paul Andrick ’16 led the golf team at the NESCAC Spring Opener, hosted by Williams, with an 84-86-170 score.
WEBCASTS/LIVESTATS – Four baseball, two men’s lacrosse and one women’s lacrosse game will have live coverage with a webcast or LiveStats this week. As usual, all five home softball games can be viewed live through GameChanger, available on the softball team home page. On Tues., April, 22, the baseball teams hosts Coast Guard at 4 p.m. with LiveStats in the offing. On Wed., April 23, the men’s lacrosse contest vs. Conn. College will have LiveStats beginning at 4:30 p.m. The women’s lacrosse game at Conn. College has a webcast slated at 7 p.m. On Fri., April 25, the showdown baseball series vs. Amherst starts on the road with a webcast at 4 p.m. Both games at home on Sat., April 26 will be webcast and have LiveStats. The men’s lacrosse game at home in the first round of the NESCAC tournament Saturday also will be webcast. Start time looks to be 1 p.m. but could change. Links are available for all the live coverage on the Wesleyan athletics home page under "Follow the Cardinals Live." Then click on the "Webcasts/LiveStats" icon.
SPRING RESULTS/UPCOMING SCHEDULES
BASEBALL (20-6, 8-1 NESCAC West): RECAP: at Salve Regina, cancelled (4/15); at Hamilton, 10-4 W. (4/18); at Hamilton, 7-1 (7 inns.)/3-5 (9 inns.) W./L/ (4/19). UPCOMING: 4/22 Coast Guard; 4/25 at Amherst; 4/26 Amherst (DH).
MEN’S CREW (5-1): RECAP: Williams in Pittsfield, Mass. - postponed (high winds, rough water), rescheduling TBA. UPCOMING – 4/26 vs. Trinity, location TBA.
WOMEN’S CREW (5-1): RECAP: Williams in Pittsfield, Mass. - postponed (high winds, rough water), rescheduling TBA. UPCOMING – 4/26 vs. Trinity, location TBA.
GOLF (3-119 overall , 1-22 spring): RECAP: NESCAC Spring Opener at Williams - 8th of 8 teams (4-19/20). UPCOMING – 4/23 Little Three matches at Williams.
MEN’S LACROSSE (10-4, 7-2 NESCAC): RECAP: at Tufts, 11-17 L. (4/19). UPCOMING – 4/23 Conn. College; 4/26 NESCAC Quarterfinal (opponent TBA).
WOMEN’S LACROSSE (5-9, 0-9 NESCAC): RECAP: Tufts, 5-7 L. (4/19). UPCOMING – 4/23 at Conn. College.
SOFTBALL (9-18, 2-9 NESCAC West): RECAP: at Eastern Conn., 1-2/2-10 (6 inns.) L./L. (4/16); at Williams, 1-7 L. (4/18); at Williams, 3-11 (5 inns.)/0-8 (5 inns.) L./L. (4/19). UPCOMING – 4/22 Completion of halted game vs. Amherst; 4/23 Western New England (DH); 4/26 Trinity (DH)
MEN’S TENNIS (8-6 overall, 7-5 spring): RECAP: at Amherst, 0-9 L. (4/19). UPCOMING – 4/27 Bates.
WOMEN’S TENNIS (5-8 overall, 5-7 spring): RECAP: at Conn. College, 9-0 W. (4/16); at Amherst, 0-9 L. (4/19). UPCOMING – 4/26 Bates.
MEN’S (3-10) & WOMEN’S (9-5) TRACK & FIELD: RECAP: Men – Williams 159, at Amherst 128, Wesleyan 82 L./L. (4/19); Women – Williams 150, Wesleyan 119, at Amherst 100 L./W. (4/19). UPCOMING – 4/26 Men & Women in NESCAC Championships at Colby.