Cardinals Pitchers Combine For Two-Hit Shutout As Baseball Defeats Eastern Conn., 1-0

Photo by Jonas Powell '18
Photo by Jonas Powell '18

THE BASICS: 

Score:  Wesleyan 1, Eastern 0
Records: Wesleyan (15-8), Eastern Connecticut St. (12-10)
Location: Middletown, Conn. (Dresser Diamond)
Date: Monday, April 17th
Time: 4:00 p.m.
The Lead: Nick Miceli '17, Asher Young '17 and Ryan Earle '19 combined to pitch a two-hit shutout as the Wesleyan University baseball team defeated Eastern Connecticut State 1-0 on Monday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Cardinals loaded the bases in the second but Warriors pitcher, Brian Hnatuk was able to get out of the jam without allowing a run.
  • In a scoreless game in the fifth, Ellis Schaefer '17 made a diving snag at short to rob Christian Budzik of a hit.
  • Danny Rose '19 was robbed of an extra-base hit by John Mesagno, who made a diving a catch in left for the second out of the fifth. Will O'Sullivan '17 followed with a double down the left-field line and then stole third. Matt Jeye '18 walked to put runners on the corners, but Hnatuk would once again leave the runners stranded.  
  • Wesleyan loaded the bases in the sixth with one out, and Andrew Keith '19 hit a sacrifice fly to center to put the Cardinals up 1-0. A walk to Rose would load the bases again, but Hnatuk would limit the damage to the one run.
  • Alex White tripled to deep center field with one out in the top of the ninth and Alex Parkos was hit by a pitch to put runners at the corners with two outs. Earle would then get Pat Sisois to strikeout swinging and seal the 1-0 win. 

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • Miceli pitched five strong innings, allowing just one hit and no runs. He walked two and struck out two. Young earned his third win as he pitched three scoreless innings, allowing no hits. Earle notched his third save on the season as he shut the door in the ninth.
  • Keith and Alec Olmstead '20 led Wesleyan with two hits on the day.

HEAD COACH MARK WOODWORTH:

  • "That was a fantastic win. We played amazing defense and our pitching was lights out. Nick Miceli, Asher Young and Ryan Earle really came through big."
  • "That was a huge win for us…primarily because we performed well in all three facets of the game. We hit, fielded great and pitched great. That's what's exciting for today and also going forward." 

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals are back in action tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18th, as they will head to New London, Conn. to take on Mitchell College. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.               

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