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Baseball Clinches Playoff Spot with 9-0 Win over Williams

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

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Freshman pitcher Kelvin Sosa earned his first complete-game win for the Wesleyan University baseball team during a 9-0 triumph over Williams on Sunday to conclude a three-game weekend sweep, as the Cardinals clinched a berth into the 2018 NESCAC Tournament with the win.

The Cardinals (20-11, 8-4 NESCAC West Division) will either finish as the No. 1 or 2 seed in the West Division, and will compete in the double-elimination conference tournament on Friday, May 11 – Sunday, May 13, at Trinity College. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Wesleyan wanted to punch its ticket to the conference playoffs for the first time since the 2016 season, and it showed with a four-run first inning. Junior Danny Rose tallied an RBI double down the left-field line with no outs, and then sophomore Chase Pratt was hit by a pitch two at-bats later with the bases jammed, as sophomore Andrew Kauf pushed the lead up to 2-0. Rose and senior Matt Jeye also crossed home in the inning, giving the squad an early 4-0 lead.
  • The Cardinals tacked on another run in the sixth on an RBI ground out to second by sophomore Kevin Walek, scoring sophomore Jake Alonzo, who led off the inning with an infield single, from third.
  • In the seventh, Kauf led off with a single up the middle, and then advanced to second on a wild pitch with one down. The Boonton Township, N.J. native gave the Cardinals a 6-0 cushion, crossing home on an RBI single up the middle by Jeye.
  • With runners on first and second and one out in the eighth, Kauf tallied a single to left-center, and Walek crossed home on a fielding error by the left fielder. Jeye concluded the scoring for the hosts with a two-out, two-run double down the right-field line, giving the squad a 9-0 lead.
  • Prior to the game, the Cardinals honored their five-person senior class, featuring Jeye, AJ Ferrara, Nick Coppola, Stephen Howard and Collin Andrews, as the group won a NESCAC Championship as rookies in 2015.  

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sosa (4-2) struck out seven batters in the complete-game shutout, fighting his way out of jams in the seventh and eighth, as the Ephs (8-19, 4-8 NESCAC West Division) put runners on second and third with two outs in both innings. The Bronx, N.Y. native recorded 1-2-3 innings in the first, fifth and ninth, while allowing eight hits and two walks.
  • Freshman George Carroll (1-3) suffered the loss for Williams, giving up five earned runs on six hits and three walks in seven innings, while striking out a pair. The rookie pitcher only allowed two runs after the first inning, retiring the side in order during the third and fifth innings.
  • Kauf (2-for-4, three runs), Jeye (2-for-4, double, three RBIs, run) and Rose (2-for-5, double, RBI, run) all played well for the hosts, while sophomore Mike Stamas (2-for-3) led the way for the visitors.
  • Wesleyan held a 9-8 lead in hits, and made no errors, while the Ephs made a trio of miscues. Each team stranded seven runners on base.

UP NEXT:

  • The Cardinals will host MIT in non-conference action on Tuesday (4 p.m.) at Dresser Diamond.