MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Freshman pitcher Kelvin Sosa earned his second win on the mound, giving up only one earned run in 6 1/3 innings, and sophomore Alex Cappitelli blasted his first collegiate home run for the Wesleyan University baseball team during an 8-2 triumph over Roger Williams in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Dresser Diamond.
During the first game, the Hawks (5-9) prevailed by a score of 7-6, as they built a 7-1 lead in the fourth, and then the Cardinals (10-6), who were competing in their home opener, nearly pulled off a dramatic comeback by scoring the final five runs.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Wesleyan 8, Roger Williams 2):
- Wesleyan used its momentum from the second half of the first game, as it placed five runs on the scoreboard in the opening inning. With the bases loaded and no one out, senior Matt Jeye lined a two-run double to the gap in left-center, scoring senior AJ Ferrara and Cappitelli. Two at-bats later, sophomore Tanner Fulkerson posted an RBI groud out to second, plating sophomore Chase Pratt from third, and then Jeye extended the lead to 4-0, scoring an unearned run. Sophomore Kevin Walek connected on an RBI single to center, which allowed sophomore Jake Alonzo to round third and score the fifth run of the game.
- The early run support was more than enough for Sosa (2-1), who was dialed in on the hill all day. The Bronx, N.Y. native finished with eight strikeouts, and only allowed one earned run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings. He sat the side down in order during the first and sixth innings, while only walking two batters.
- With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Alonzo scored from third base on an RBI single up the middle by Cappitelli, extending the lead to 6-0.
- In the fifth, Roger Williams was able to put a run on the board, as freshman George Somers led off with a walk, and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Bryan Goodwin. Somers crossed home on an RBI single to center by sophomore Danny Roth.
- Roth posted another RBI single with one out in the seventh, pulling the Hawks to within 6-2, but then with one down in the eighth, Cappitelli cleared the left-field fence with a two-run shot, pushing the cushion back up to six at 8-2.
- Cappitelli (2-for-4, home run, three RBIs, two runs), Ferrara (2-for-2, double, run) and junior Ryan Earle (2-for-4) starred for the hosts. For the visitors, Roth (2-for-5, two RBIs) and junior Anthony Dominguez (2-for-5) led the charge.
- Junior Tyler Brett (0-2) was charged with the loss for the Hawks, giving up four earned runs on seven hits in six innings of work, as he finished with six strikeouts and three walks.
- The Cardinals held a 10-7 advantage in hits, while Roger Williams left nine runners on base and Wesleyan stranded seven. The hosts committed a pair of errors, and the visitors were charged with one.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Roger Williams 7, Wesleyan 6):
- The Hawks built a 7-1 lead with a two-run effort in the fourth on an RBI triple to right-center by junior Chris Bosco and an RBI double down the right-field line by senior Shane Nowak.
- The Cardinals went to work in the fourth, and Alonzo drew a one-out RBI walk with the bases loaded, as Jeye scored, trimming the deficit to 7-2. During the next at-bat, Walek recorded a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Pratt to tag up and the score the Cardinals' third run. Sophomore Andrew Kauf then recorded an RBI single down the right-field line in a pinch-hitting role, as Wesleyan was within three at 7-4.
- In the fifth, an RBI single down the right-field line by Earle with no outs, and a two-out RBI single up the middle by Alonzo allowed the Cardinals to trim the deficit down to one at 7-6. During the sixth, junior Nick Valicenti and Cappitelli led off with back-to-back walks, but Hawks junior relief pitcher Ryan Havunen was able to work out of the jam by retiring three straight batters, two of which were strikeouts.
- In the seventh, Fulkerson earned a one-out walk, but then Havunen struck out Alonzo and Bosco threw out Fulkerson at second, sealing the Game 1 win for the visitors.
- The Hawks opened the game with a four-run second inning, which featured a run by sophomore Eddy Jackson, a two-run double by Roth and a one-run single by Bosco. The lead grew to 5-0 in the third thanks to the play of sophomore Justin Stone, who blasted a triple down the right-field line and scored on a throwing error by the second baseman.
- The Cardinals went on the board in the bottom of the third on a run by Walek, which trimmed the deficit down to 5-1.
- Havunen earned his second save of the year for the Hawks, giving up no hits and striking out four batters during the final two innings. Senior Jimmy Smith (2-2) was credited with the win, giving up four earned runs on five hits in four innings, while striking out three and walking three.
- Sophomore Alec Olmstead (2-1) was tagged with the loss for Wesleyan, relinquishing three earned runs on four hits in two innings of work. The Palo Alto, Calif. native struck out four hitters and walked four batters. Junior Pat Clare was strong in relief, retiring 11 consecutive batters to end the game.
- Earle (2-for-4, RBI, run) led the way from an offensive perspective for the Cardinals, and Bosco went 2-for-3 with a triple, two RBIs and a run for the Hawks.
- The Cardinals are scheduled to compete in non-conference action against Johnson & Wales on Wednesday (4 p.m.) at Dresser Diamond.