Baseball Extends Winning Streak to Five, Defeats Kalamazoo, 17-9

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 17, Kalamazoo 9
Records: Wesleyan (5-0), Kalamazoo (3-1)
Location: Tucson, Ariz. (Kino Sports Complex)
Date: March 16th
Time: 8 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University baseball team continued its winning ways in Arizona as it extended its winning streak to five games with a 17-9 victory over Kalamazoo College on Thursday night. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Hornets broke out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on RBI singles from Ryan Orr and Mitch VanKoevering.
  • Matt Jeye '18 would take advantage of a throwing error to score the Cardinals' first run of the evening in the top of the second to make the score 2-1.
  • Jeye would even the score in the top of the third as his single scored Andrew Keith '19.
  • Wesleyan would score four runs in the fourth, highlighted by a Nick Miceli '17 bases clearing double. Ryan Earle '19 would later single to score Miceli and make the score 6-2.
  • Kalamazoo would respond in the bottom of the inning, scoring three runs to bring the Cardinal lead down to one run. David Kracht and Jordan Wiley would notch RBI singles in the inning.
  • Jake Alonzo '20 would hit a sacrifice fly to score AJ Ferrara '18 in the top of the fifth and give Wesleyan a two run lead at 7-5.
  • Earle would extend the Cardinals' advantage to three runs with an RBI in the sixth to make the score 8-5.
  • In the eighth, Wesleyan would bring its lead to eight runs with RBIs from Will O'Sullivan '17, Jesse Levy-Rubinett '20, Ferrara, Alonzo and Keith.
  • Andre Gard would bring the Hornets to within seven as his RBI scored Zach Prystash, Gard would then score on an error to make the score 13-7.
  • Kalamazoo would score twice more in the inning to bring it to within four runs at 13-9.
  • The Cardinals would respond with four runs of their own in the top of the ninth to make the score 17-9.
  • Wesleyan would keep the Hornets off the board in the bottom of the ninth and go onto claim the 17-9 victory. 

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Eight different Cardinals recorded an RBI in the game, and Miceli led the team with three.
  • Wesleyan also had nine different players register a hit with Keith leading the way with four hits. O'Sullivan and Jeye each had three hits in the game.
  • Ten different Cardinals would cross home plate in the contest. Miceli and Jeye both crossed home three times to lead the team.
  • Orr and Ian Kobernick led Kalamazoo with three hits each.  

UP NEXT:

  • Wesleyan will continue its spring break trip in California as it will take on Pomona-Pitzer in the California Classic Tournament on Saturday, March 18th. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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