Wesleyan Walks-Off Twice As It Sweeps Little Three Rival Williams in Double-Header Action

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

THE BASICS: 

Game 1 Score: Wesleyan 5, Williams 4
Game 2 Score:
  Wesleyan 9, Williams 8 (10 innings)
Records: Wesleyan (13-4, 4-0 NESCAC), Williams (8-4, 3-2 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Dresser Diamond)
Date: Saturday, April 8th
Time: 1 p.m./ 3 p.m.
The Lead: Will O'Sullivan '17 scored from second base on an infield hit by Ryan Earle '19 in the bottom of the seventh to help the Wesleyan University baseball team erase a two-run deficit and defeat Williams College, 5-4 in the first game of a NESCAC West double-header on Saturday afternoon. Game two proved to be just as exciting as game one, as the home team came back from six runs down in the bottom of the ninth to tie the game and walk-off with the win in the tenth as Matt Jeye '18 scored the winning run on a wild throw as the Cardinals swept their Little Three rival.

GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan got on the board first, with a run in the second, thanks to two Ephs errors. Nick Miceli '17, who had reached on a fielder's choice, scored on a ground out by Alec Olmstead '20.
  • Williams scored three times in the fourth, two of them unearned after a Cardinal error. Doug Schaffer drove home one with a cue-shot infield single to second. The second scored on a squeeze bunt by Jackson Parese, and the third on a single to center by Nate Michalski.
  • Wesleyan got one back in the bottom of the sixth when O'Sullivan led off with a double and later scored on a Matt Jeye '18 single.
  • The home team scored three times with just two hits in the seventh. Ellis Schaefer '17 started things off when he was hit by a pitch with one out. Pinch hitter Jonny Corning '20 followed with a single to right. Andrew Keith '19 grounded out against reliever Jack Bohen to move runners to second and third. Schaefer scored on a wild pitch, as did pinch runner Dylan Millhouse '18. Earle's ball was hit in the hole, and Williams first baseman Nate Michalski made a great diving stop, but couldn't get Earle with the throw. O'Sullivan never stopped running, rounding third and scoring when the throw home bounced, allowing him to slide under the tag and give the Cardinals the walk-off win, 5-4.

GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan took the lead in the fourth as Corning walked to force in Miceli.
  • A single by Jack Cloud would tie the game at one in the top of the fifth.
  • The Ephs put up five runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to take a 7-1 lead.
  • The six run lead was not safe as the Cardinals began an impressive comeback in the bottom of the ninth. Jeye singled home two runs to make the score 7-3. Earle would later score on a wild pitch to make the score 7-4. Danny Rose '19 singled home two more runs to bring the home team to within one run at 7-6. Jesse Levy-Rubinett '20 then tied the game with an RBI single to right and the Little Three rivals headed to the tenth tied at 7.
  • Williams would regain the lead in the top of the tenth as Parese came around to score on a wild pitch.
  • Wesleyan would once again tie the game as Jeye singled home O'Sullivan to tie the game.
  • With two outs, Schaefer hit a dribbler to the pitcher, who threw high to first which allowed Jeye to come around to score and give the home team their second dramatic come-from-behind walk-off win.

HEAD COACH MARK WOODWORTH:

  • "What an epic day for Wesleyan Baseball. To come back and have two walk-off celebrations is a credit to the entire team for their spirit and commitment to being great. We had two fantastic pitching performances from Mike McCaffrey and Ethan Rode, and for the guys to keep battling for them was a testament to teamwork. These games will be remembered for a long time."

UP NEXT:

  • The two teams will conclude the series tomorrow in Williamstown at 1 p.m.

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