Cardinals Defeat Hamilton, 4-3; Miceli Ties Saves Record

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

THE BASICS:

Score: Wesleyan 4, Hamilton 3
Records: Wesleyan (19-14, 6-6 NESCAC), Hamilton (15-17, 2-10 NESCAC)
Location: Middletown, Conn.
Date: Wednesday, May 4
Time: 4:20 p.m.
The Lead: The Wesleyan University baseball team cam from three runs down to defeat NESCAC foe Hamilton College on Thursday afternoon. Nick Miceli '17 notched his 11th career save in the game, which ties the team record for career saves. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Continentals got on the board in the second as Justin Schirmacher singled home Nate Goodman from third to take a 1-0 lead.
  • Hamilton scored its second run of the game on a wild pitch in the sixth. They would load the bases in the inning, but Mike McCaffrey '19 would get out of the jam allowing just the one run.
  • Kevin Walek '20 walked and Will O'Sullivan '17 followed with a single to put runners on with two outs, but Max Jones would get Ryan Earle '19 to end the sixth.
  • Two bunt singles put runners on the corners with no outs, and Kenny Collins would steal home to put the visitors up 3-0.
  • Alex Cappitelli '20 lined a double down the leftfield line to give the Cardinals their first run of the game in the seventh. Walek would come up with the bases loaded and two outs, and worked a walk to bring Wesleyan to within one. O'Sullivan followed with a single to short which scored Cappitelli to tie the game at three.
  • Cappitelli came up in the eighth with two on and once again laced a double down the leftfield line which scored AJ Ferrara '19 for the go ahead run.
  • Graham McOsker doubled in the ninth, but Miceli would leave him stranded as Wesleyan claimed the 4-3 win.

BY THE NUMBERS:

  • McCaffrey went five innings, striking out eight batters. Stephen Howard '18 earned his second win on the season, as he pitched one inning of relief. Miceli picked up his first save of the season and 11th in his career.
  • O'Sullivan, Miceli, Cappitelli and Ellis Schaefer '17 each notched two hits in the game for the Cardinals.
  • McOsker led Hamilton with two hits on the afternoon.
  • Wesleyan out hit the Continentals 10 to five. 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • The 11 saves for Miceli put him in a tie with Jed Hoyer '96 and Sam Elias '15 for most in a career.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals return to the diamond on Saturday, May 6 as they will conclude their regular season in a double-header against Trinity. The first pitch of game one is slated for 12 p.m.

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