TUCSON, Ariz. – The Wesleyan University baseball team tallied 26 hits during a 28-12 triumph in eight innings over Oberlin on Wednesday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz., as the Cardinals tallied their most runs in a game since a 30-0 victory over Wentworth on March 31, 2000.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (8-2) were facing a 4-1 deficit heading into the top of the third, but a four-run effort allowed the squad to claim the lead for good. The Cardinals extended their lead to 8-4 with three runs in the fourth, as senior Matt Jeye tallied a one-out, RBI single through the left side, and sophomore Chase Pratt immediately followed up with a one-run single to center. Sophomore Tanner Fulkerson notched a sacrifice fly to right, allowing Jeye to tag up from third, giving the Cardinals a four-run advantage.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Oberlin (5-11) pulled to within one, as sophomore Maxx McGee led off with a double to right-center, and scored two at-bats later on an RBI single through the right side by senior Milo Sklar. Senior Quin Butler then delieved with a one-out, two-run double to left center, which trimmed the deficit to 8-7.
- Wesleyan took complete control of the game in the fifth, countering with a six-run frame, which featured a one-run single by sophomore Alex Cappitelli, a three-run shot over the left-field fence by Jeye and a two-run double to left by junior Danny Rose, as the Cardinals extended their cushion to 14-7.
- Wesleyan blew the game open with another six-run performance in the sixth, and then capped off the extraordinary offensive performance with a seven-run eighth, including Pratt's first collegiate home run, which was a two-run shot over the right-field fence.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Fulkerson (4-for-6, triple, double, four RBIs, four runs scored) and sophomore Jake Alonzo (4-for-7, double, two runs, RBI) starred for the Cardinals, as the group finished with eight extra-base hits.
- Cappitelli (3-for-5, double, four runs, three RBIs), Jeye (3-for-5, home run, double, eight RBIs, four runs), Pratt (3-for-3, home run, five runs, four RBIs, four walks) and Rose (3-for-4, double, four RBIs, run) also played outstanding baseball for Wesleyan. Eight Cardinals finished with multi-hit games, and 10 different players tallied at least one hit.
- The Yeomen finished with 16 hits, including seven extra-base tallies. Sklar (3-for-5, double, four RBIs, two runs), Butler (3-for-5, three doubles, three RBIs, run) and McGee (3-for-3, two doubles, three runs, two RBIs) were tremendous in Oberlin's lineup.
- Junior Dan Lombardo (1-0) earned the win in relief for Wesleyan, giving up no runs or hits during the final 2 1/3 innings, as he posted a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
- The Cardinals will close out their spring trip with games against Carleton and Wisconsin-Superior on Friday, with game times set for 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., respectively, in Tucson, Ariz. First pitch will occur at 1 and 4:30 p.m. in Connecticut.