CLINTON, N.Y.- Thanks to four homeruns and a six run sixth inning, the Wesleyan University baseball team was able to power themselves to a 15-6 victory in the rubber game against Hamilton College on Sunday afternoon at Royce Field.
Wesleyan: 18-9 (5-4 NESCAC West)
Hamilton: 14-11 (3-6 NESCAC West)
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Continentals put up three runs in the bottom of the first, as Brett Mele took an Ethan Rode '17 pitch over the wall to give the home team the 3-0 advantage.
- Wesleyan cut the deficit to two thanks to a sacrifice fly by Ellis Schaefer '17 which scored Will O'Sullivan '17.
- O'Sullivan would tie the game at 3 all with a 2-run homerun to leftcenter field.
- Hamilton scored a run in the fourth to take a 4-3 lead.
- The Cardinals would regain the lead in the top of the fifth as Jordan Farber '16 doubled home Guy Davidson '16, and Matt Jeye '17 hit the second homerun on the day for Wesleyan. His 2-run homer would put the Cardinals on top, 6-4.
- The Wesleyan offense kept rolling as they scored six runs in the sixth. Eric Jones '16 hit his second homerun in as many days, as his 2-run shot gave the Cardinals an 8-4 lead. Davidson, O'Sullivan and Jeye would all contribute RBI hits in the inning, which saw 10 Cardinals come to the plate, and the Wesleyan lead increase to 12-4.
- Hamilton got one back in the bottom of the inning as David Rose homered down the leftfield line to bring the home team to within seven.
- The Cardinals got two more runs in the eighth thanks to RBI singles by Marco Baratta '16 and O'Sullivan to bring their lead to 14-5.
- Hamilton got their sixth run of the day in the bottom of the eight on an RBI single by Andrew Haser.
- Farber hit the fourth homerun of the game for Wesleyan in the top of the ninth which sealed the 15-6 win.
BY THE NUMBERS:
- Seven Cardinals had at least two hits in the victory, and seven different batters also registered at least one RBI.
- Jones led Wesleyan with 4 RBIs while Andrew Keith and O'Sullivan led the team with three hits a piece.
- Ryan Earle '19 registered his second win in as many days, going 4.2 innings allowing two hits and striking out three.
- Hamilton also had seven batters who registered at least two hits. Ryan Wolfsberg led the team with three hits on the day.
- Mele led Hamilton with 3 RBIs in the game.
- The Cardinals return to the diamond on Tuesday, April 26 as they will host Wheaton College in non-conference action. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
- The Continentals are back in action on Wednesday, April 27 as they will host SUNY Cortland at 7 p.m.