Cardinal Weekly Update

4/7/14 through 4/13/14 

Baseball racked up both the NESCAC Player of the Week in Robby Harbison ’17 and Pitcher of the Week in Nick Cooney ’15 during an exceptional 4-0 week. The Cardinals outscored their opponents 26-5 while sweeping Williams in NESCAC West/Little Three action. Harbison hit .636 (7-for-11) with three runs and five RBI in the wins over Williams. Cooney tossed a four-hitter with nine strikeouts in a complete-game win during the opener with the Ephs. Wesleyan got two more sterling efforts from Jeff Blout ’14 and Gavin Pittore ’16: Blout had a six-hitter for a complete-game win in the seven-inning contest, and Pittore went 7.0 innings, allowing just two hits and one run in the final game of the series. In picking up the win vs. Western Conn. to start the week, Chris Law ’14 went 7.0 innings in relief, yielding just three hits. The Cardinals have a 10-game win streak going.

Graham Macnab ’14 and Quentin DellaFera ’15 both had a hat trick in the men's lacrosse win over Bowdoin, with Macnab breaking a 10-10 at the 4:41 mark of the fourth quarter for the winner. Against Trinity, Matt Prezioso ’15 was the big gun with two goals and two assists. The Cardinals clinched a first-round home game for the NESCAC tournament and can secure the top seed for the playoffs with a win at Tufts in their next outing.

Sierra Livious ’14 broke her own team mark, set just last week, in the hammer throw with a winning 151-10 toss during the Elmer Swanson Invitational women's track and field meet. She also won the shot put and took second in the 100m hurdles. Also taking top honors for the Cardinals were Nikita Rajgopal ’17 in the 800m, Sydney Cogswell ’16 in the 1500m, Karley Dutra ’14 in the 5000m, Kiley Kennedy ’16 in the pole vault and a pair of relay squads (4x100m and 4x400m).

Taking a top prize during an event for the fourth straight week, Agbon Edomwonyi ’16 and LaDarius Drew ’15 highlighted the performances of men’s track and field at the Elmer Swanson Invitational. Edomwonyi captured the shot put, discus and hammer throw. Drew took first place in the 200m dash.

Men's crew posted a 1-1 mark in a pair of varsity 8 races, defeating New Hampshire by 3.7 seconds while falling to Bates by the identical margin.

Defeating Bates in its first race of the day by 3.4, women’s crew came up short against Wellesley in the finals of the varsity 8 event by 12.3 seconds.

Men's tennis dropped a pair of NESCAC matches against higher ranked foes Trinity and Middlebury. The Cardinals nearly upset the Bantams, as Zacho Brint ’16 won in both singles and doubles. All three of the Cardinals’ setbacks in singles were tight: two decided in three sets and the other with both sets going into extended play. Against Middlebury, #2 Michael Liu ’17 picked up a victory while Brint again won in doubles at #3, paired with Charlie Seifer ’15.

Anna Howard ’14 was a standout for women’s tennis during a pair of losses to highly touted NESCAC opponents. While the Cardinals came up empty vs. Tufts, seven of the 12 sets lost in singles by the squad were either 6-4 or 7-5.  Howard was the lone Cardinal to capture a set at #4. She also took a set from her Middlebury opponent, as did Nicki Softness ’14 at #6, who went on to win her match in a super tie-breaker. The #2 doubles tandem of Clare DuBrin ’15 and Howard knocked off their Panther nemesis as well.

Continuing to face nationally ranked NESCAC rivals game after game, women’s lacrosse came out on the wrong side of the final score against Trinity, ranked sixth nationally this week, and Bowdoin, ranked 14th.

Softball dropped all three games of their NESCAC West series to Middlebury, the last two in extra innings, despite strong pitching from Su Pardo ’16, who struck out 19 in 14.1 innings of action. Abby Rutt ’17 went 2-for-4 in the opening tilt.  Jamie Hom ’17 led the way in game two with a 3-for-4 performance. Rutt, Annalie Walsh-Costello ’17 and Alex Sarkowski ’14 all had two hits in the final game. Over the three games, the Cardinal outhit the Panthers, 26-23.

WEBCASTS/LIVESTATS – All baseball, softball, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse games this week will feature live coverage. On Wed., April 16, the softball double-header at Eastern Conn. will have LiveStats, while the baseball game at Salve Regina will have a webcast and LiveStats. Both games start at 4 p.m. On Fri., April 18, baseball starts a NESCAC West series at Hamilton at 4 p.m., while softball opens up a NESCAC West series at Williams at 5 p.m. The series conclude Sat., April 19, in double-headers, both beginning at noon. All three baseball games will have LiveStats, while the softball games will be webcast. Also on Saturday, men’s lacrosse will have its showdown with Tufts at 1 p.m., while the women host Tufts, also at 1 p.m.  Both games will be webcast and the men’s game will have Livestats as well. 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  (18-5, 6-0 NESCAC West):  RECAP:  Western Conn., 3-0  W. (4/9); Williams, 4-1  (4/11); at Williams, 7-2 (7 inns.)/12-2 (9 inns.)  W./W.  (4/12). UPCOMING:  4/16  at Salve Regina; 4/18  at Hamilton; 4/29  at Hamilton (DH).

MEN’S CREW  (5-1):  RECAP:  (in Malden, Mass.) - Wesleyan  6:02.8, New Hampshire  6:06.5  W.; Bates  6:10.9, Wesleyan  6:14.6  L.  (4/12).   UPCOMING – 4/19  Williams in Pittsfield, Mass. 

WOMEN’S CREW  (5-1):  RECAP:  (in Malden, Mass.) - Wesleyan  7:00.9, Bates  7:04.3  W.; Wellesley  6:52.4, Wesleyan  7:04.7  L.  (4/12).   UPCOMING – 4/19  Williams in Pittsfield, Mass.

GOLF  (3-113 overall , 1-15 spring):  RECAP:  No action.   UPCOMING – 4/19-20  NESCAC Spring Opener at Williams.

MEN’S LACROSSE  (10-3, 7-1 NESCAC):  RECAP:  at Trinity, 11-6  W.  (4/8); Bowdoin, 11-10  W.  (4/12).  UPCOMING – 4/19  at Tufts.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE  (5-8, 0-8 NESCAC):  RECAP:  Trinity, 3-9  L.  (4/8); at Bowdoin, 6-9  L.  (4/12).  UPCOMING – 4/19  Tufts.

SOFTBALL  (9-13, 2-6 NESCAC West):  RECAP:  at Coast Guard (DH), cancelled  (4/8); at Middlebury, 2-6  L.  (4/11); at Middlebury, 3-4 (10 inns.)  L./3-4 (8 inns.)  L.  (4/12).  UPCOMING – 4/16  at Eastern Conn. (DH); 4/18  at Williams; 4/19  at Williams (DH).

MEN’S TENNIS  (8-5 overall, 7-4 spring): RECAP:  Trinity, 4-5  L.  (4/10); Middlebury, 2-7  L.  (4/12).  UPCOMING –  4/19  at Amherst.

WOMEN’S TENNIS  (4-7 overall, 4-6 spring): RECAP:  Tufts, 0-9  L.  (4/9); Middlebury, 2-7  L.  (4/13).   UPCOMING –  4/15  at Conn. College; 4/19  at Amherst.

MEN’S (3-8) & WOMEN’S (8-4) TRACK & FIELD:  RECAP:  Men & Women in Elmer Swanson Invitational at Wesleyan – no team scoring  (4/12).   UPCOMING – 4/19  Men & Women at Amherst w/Williams.