MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Junior Danny Rose of the Wesleyan University baseball team went 4-for-5 with a triple, two doubles, three RBIs and a run on Tuesday, as six Cardinals recorded multi-hit games during a 17-6 non-conference win in eight innings over Johnson & Wales at Dresser Diamond.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (16-8, 4-2 NESCAC West Division) put a five spot up on the scoreboard in the third, as the surge was highlighted by a two-run single off the bat of junior Ryan Earle, a two-run double by Rose, and a sacrifice fly by sophomore Tanner Fulkerson.
- Freshman right-handed pitcher Sam Phipps made his first collegiate start on the mound for Wesleyan, and was phenomenal during the first four innings, as he compiled four strikeouts and did not allow a hit until the fourth. The Framingham, Mass. native turned a double play on a ground ball back to the mound in the first, and was was able to record a strikeout to get out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth.
- Wesleyan tacked on another run in the fourth, taking a 6-0 advantage on an RBI single to center with two down by senior Matt Jeye, which allowed sophomore Jake Alonzo to score from third.
- The Wildcats (16-12, 5-3 GNAC) finally solved Phipps in the fifth, as Johnson & Wales posted four singles and a walk during its first five at-bats of the inning. Freshman Anthony Roman put the visitors on the board with an RBI single up the middle, and then sophomore Will Fritz drilled a two-run single through the right side. The Cardinals made a pitching change – inserting senior Stephen Howard – and Johnson & Wales trimmed the deficit to 6-4, as senior Rob Ballinger scored on a wild pitch with one down. With two outs, junior Aidan Hagarty was hit by a pitch with the bases juiced, allowing Fritz to score the unit's fifth run.
- In the bottom of the fifth, Wesleyan regained control of the game with a six-run inning, as the squad showed patience at the plate, recording three RBI walks, and sophomore Chase Pratt concluded the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly to center, pushing the lead to 12-5.
- The Cardinals kept adding to their cushion in the sixth with five more runs, ending with a two-out RBI single to right-center by Rose, which extended the advantage to 17-5.
- Roman concluded the scoring in the top of the eighth, as he scored from third on a wild pitch for the Wildcats, trimming the deficit to 17-6.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jeye (3-for-3, two RBIs, two runs), sophomore Alex Cappitelli (2-for-5, three runs, RBI), sophomore Andrew Kauf (2-for-4, double, three runs, two RBIs), Earle (2-for-4, three RBIs, run) and sophomore Jake Alonzo (2-for-3, three runs, RBI) all played well for the hosts.
- Junior relief pitcher Doug Hartshorn earned his first win as a Cardinal, blanking the Wildcats during the sixth and seventh frames.
- The Wildcats were led from an offensive perspective by sophomore Joe Maracic, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored.
- Junior starting pitcher Josh Mousseau (3-3) was tagged with the loss for the visitors, giving up eight runs on nine hits in 4 1/3 innings, as he struck out one and walked three.
- Wesleyan led the hits category, 15-7, and the hosts did not make any fielding errors, while the Wildcats were charged with three errors. Each team left eight runners on base.
- The Cardinals will turn their attention back to NESCAC West Division action, as the squad will hit the road and compete against Amherst on Friday at 4 p.m.