Softball Takes 2 of 3 from Williams, Securing Early Lead in NESCAC West Standings with 5-1 Record - Team Then Splits DH at WNE

Allee Beatty '13 (photo insert lower left) extended her hitting streak to 19 games and scored Wesleyan's opening run with an inside-the-park homer to right in the 3rd inning, then scored what proved to be the game-winner with a single that got by the Williams right fielder as she circled the bases once again in the 5th.  With Su Pardo '16 (photo insert upper left) allowing a mere two hits and one unearned run with eight strikeouts over seven innings, Wesleyan came away from Williams Fri., April 5 with a 2-1 Little Three/NESCAC West victory.  The teams did battle in a double-header in Middletown Sat., April 6 to concluded the conference series.  The Cardinals and Ephs split a air of one-run games, Wesleyan taking the first, 4-3, and Williams capturing the second 7-6.  Still, Wesleyan now stands 5-1 in NESCAC West play for the early lead.

Wesleyan had six hits in the game Friday with Beatty and Tori Redding '13 each smacking a pair.  Amanda Roosa '16 and Amy Lindland '14 had the other two.  But it was the stellar pitching of Pardo and the timely hitting of Beatty that gave Wesleyan the win, along with nearly errorless defense.  Only an errant throw on a steal attempt at third base that allowed a Williams run to score in the 4th inning after a double separated Pardo from a shutout as the next two Williams outs in the frame came from a caught-stealing situation at second base and a strikeout.  Otherwise only two other Williams runners reached base, one who was hit by a pitch and another with a single.  Pardo retired each of the last 10 Eph batters she faced while raising her seasonal record to 7-0.

While Pardo met with a different result after starting the second game of the double-header, Wesleyan rallied from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game, 6-6, in the bottom of the 5th.  Jill Gately '15 (photo insert lower right) delivered the key blow with a three-run double to left centerfield.  But Williams forged a run in the top of the 6th to take a 7-6 lead and Wesleyan could not get the run back.

Laura Getchell '14 (photo upper right) put down the first 14 Eph batter she faced in the first game of the twin-bill and carried a no-hitter into the 6th inning.  But Williams got its first hit of the game with two outs in the 6th and finished with three safeties, one a two-run pitch-hit homer in the 7th.  But Getchell kept control of the outcome with the Cardinal bats coming through with three runs in the 5th as Ashley McLaren '13 poked a two-run single and Gately had a RBI hit.  A fourth Wesleyan run in the 6th from a Lexi Parr '15 RBI single proved to be the difference in the game.

With two hits in the first game and a hit in the nightcap, Beatty upped her hitting streak to 21 games, tying the record set by Meghan Dendy, who opened the 2008 season with hits in 21 straight games.  Beatty was looking to get her streak to 22 or more when Wesleyan headed to Western New England Tues., April 9 for a double-header.  Hits were hard to come by over the two games for both teams as Wesleyan collected nine and WNE eight as the teams split 1-0 decisions, Wesleyan taking the first outing and the Golden Bears, the second game.  Each team scored its run in the 3rd inning and the run for each was unearned.  Throwing a five-hit shutout for the Cardinals in the win was Pardo as she improved to 8-0 on the season.  She struck out 11 and walked just one.  Redding smacked a single to bring home Gigi Olson 15, who reached by error and moved to second on a ground out by Beatty before Redding delivered a shot to right field for the RBI.  In the second game, each team managed just three hits as Getchell walked one and struck out three.  Beatty had her hit streak snapped in the first game.

Wesleyan faces Western Connecticut Thursday in a single game in its next start.