Cardinals Battle ECSU to the Wire in Game 1 but Come up Short in 6 Innings in Game 2, Then Fall in NESCAC Series at Williams
Wesleyan got a 3-for-3 performance at the plate from Amanda Roosa '15 (#15, left side photo) in her first game back after missing seven games due to injury but the Cardinals fell in the opening game of a double-header at Eastern Conn. Wed., April 16, 2-1. Eastern pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning after a leadoff double and a pair of bunts. Pitcher Su Pardo '16 nearly got out of the jam with a timely strikeout, her seventh of the game without a walk, for the first out of the inning. But a well-executed bunt thereafter brought about the 2-1 final. Wesleyan got its run in the 1st inning after a one-out double by Angelina Massoia '17, a groundout and a throwing error.
The second game went to Eastern as well, 10-2 in six innings. It was a 3-2 game heading into the 4th inning but the Warriors tacked on seven runs in the final three innings to invoke the eight-run rule. The Cardinals had six hits in the contest as Jamie Hom '17 (right side photo) went 2-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored. She hit the plate in the top of the 1st with a single, a double by Jill Gately '15 and an ECSU miscue. The second Cardinal run in the top of the 3rd scored after a single by Mollie Grunat '16, a groundout, a wild pitch and Hom's RBI single.
Wesleyan headed to Williams Fri., April 18 to begin its final NESCAC West series. To remain in the running for a NESCAC playoff spot, the Cardinals needed a sweep, followed by a victory over Amherst in the completion of a suspended game at home Tues., April 22. Unfortunately for the Cardinals, a handful of error led to six unearned Eph runs as Williams took the opening game, 7-1. That loss knocked Wesleyan out of post-season contention. The Cardinals had six hts in the game, two by pitcher Pardo while Gately and Christina Zaccardi '17 both had a double. Abby Rutt '17 picked up the team's RBI as the game stood 3-1 heading into the bottom of the 6th. A dropped foul pop opened the door for four more Williams runs that put the game away. The teams finished the series Sat., April 19 with a twin-bill. Both games went to the Ephs in five innings, 11-3 and 8-0. In the first game, Wesleyan got a solo home run from Rutt, her team-high fourth of the year, to run her RBI total to a team-best 24. Alex Sarkowsky '14 lashed a two-run double in the game to account for the other Cardinal runs. Again, errors proved the team's undoing as four in the first game led to nine unearned runs. The second game was a tight 2-0 affair heading into the bottom of the 5th when the Ephs erupted for six runs to put the game away early. Rutt again excelled at the plate, going 2-2, improving her batting average to .439, which leads the squad.
After playing the last couple of inning to complete the suspended game with Amherst Tues., April 22, resuming with the Cardinals ahead, 7-6, with two outs in the top of the 5th, Wesleyan will close out the year hosting Trinity in a double-header Sat., April 26.