Score: Wesleyan 10, Western Conn. State 0
Records: Wesleyan (18-14), Western Conn. State (15-18)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Wednesday, May 3
Time: 4 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University baseball team cruised to a commanding 10-0 non-conference win against Western Connecticut State University Wednesday evening at Dresser Diamond.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals scored 10 runs in three innings, including a four-run bottom of the first and a five-run seventh.
- After a 1-2-3 top of the first, Wesleyan registered three hits in the bottom half of the inning and took advantage of two wild pitches. The Cardinals scored four runs with two outs, which included a RBI single to center field by Alex Cappitelli '20 and a RBI double to right center by Ellis Schaefer '17.
- After three scoreless innings, the home team increased its lead to 5-0 in the bottom of the fifth. Matt Jeye '17 walked to get on base and later crossed home plate following a wild pitch.
- Wesleyan put the game out of reach in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and two on, the Cardinals rallied and took advantage of Colonials' miscues. Jonny Corning '20 hit an infield RBI single, Kevin Walek '20 drove in two runs with a single to right field for his first collegiate RBI's, and O'Sullivan hit a two-RBI blooper double to short right field.
- The Cardinals' pitching held Western Connecticut scoreless down the stretch en route to the shutout win.
BY THE NUMBERS:
- Cappitelli, Corning, Coppola and Walek each recorded two hits. Walek, who recorded his first collegiate hits and RBI's, finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.
- The Cardinals finished with 11 hits as a team, while the Colonials registered nine hits.
- Bryan Harper, Clete LoRusso and Matt Mancini led Western Connecticut offensively with two hits each, while LoRusso recorded the team's lone extra-base hit with a double.
- Four different pitchers took the mound for Wesleyan. Ryan Earle '19 earned the win as he improved to 5-0 following six scoreless innings, while surrendering six hits and striking out five. Jake Alonzo '20, Dan Lombardo '19 and Doug Hartshorn '19 each pitched an inning of relief and gave up a hit.
- The Colonials had four pitchers take the mound as well, with Andrew Fogarty earning the starting nod and getting credited with the loss after 5.0 innings. Western Connecticut's pitching staff gave up 12 walks total.
- The Cardinals return to the field tomorrow, May 4 for a make-up game against Hamilton, which was originally scheduled for March 31. The first pitch is set for 4 p.m.