MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan baseball team triumphed 3-1 over visiting Hamilton in the first game of the day, but fell 6-2 in the second to split the doubleheader. The teams will square off for the series win in the 60th all-time meeting on Sunday at noon.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Wesleyan threatened in the bottom of the first when Alex Cappitelli singled and Andrew Kauf singled, but both runners were left stranded.
- The Continentals looked to get on the board in the top of the second. Nate Goodman walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, before a sacrifice fly by Craig Sanford advanced Goodman to third, but Wesleyan's Kelvin Sosa retired the side to end the inning.
- In their half of the inning, Cardinal Jonny Corning hit a double down the left field line, before touching home on a single up the middle by Andrew Keith for the 1-0 edge.
- Hamilton knotted the game 1-1 in the top of the third when Rich Marooney scored on a squeeze-bunt by Jordan Northrup.
- In the bottom of the third, Cappitelli touched home on a single by Danny Rose, before Rose crossed home when Chase Pratt blasted a triple to right center, making it 3-1.
- The Continentals threatened in the top of the fifth when Matt Zaffino hit a double down the left field line, but Hamilton was unable to plate a run as the Cardinals held them scoreless in the final two innings.
GAME 1 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan's Pat Clare earned the win, throwing three innings of scoreless relief with three strikeouts.
- Four Cardinals went 1-2, while Pratt had a triple and Corning had a double.
- Gavin Schaefer-Hood suffered his first loss of the season, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings of work.
- Zaffino went 1-2 with a double, while Graham McOsker went 1-2.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Hamilton jumped out to a 1-0 early edge in the top of the first when Ethan Wallis touched home after a Wesleyan error allowed Zaffino to reach first.
- The Cardinals looked for the tying run in their half of the inning with runners on second and third, but Wesleyan left both runners stranded.
- With the bases loaded in the top of the third, back-to-back walks scored a pair of runs, before a double to left center by Wallis drove in all three runners for the 6-0 advantage.
- Wesleyan looked to cut the deficit in its half of the inning. Keith walked, Earle walked and Rose was hit by a pitch to load the bases, but the Continentals recorded two straight outs to deny the Cardinals a score.
- Wesleyan got back two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With the bases loaded Tanner Fulkerson hit a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in Corning, before Nick Valicenti touched home on a single by Keith. On the next play, Cappitelli blasted the ball toward right field, but Hamilton's Goodman made a critical diving catch to deny extra bases.
- The Cardinals looked to get something going in the bottom of the seventh with Rose on third, but Wesleyan was unable to plate a run.
- In the bottom of the ninth, Wesleyan had runners on first and second, but left both stranded as Hamilton hung on for the 6-2 victory.
GAME 2 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- On the mound, Dan Lombardo suffered the loss for Wesleyan, allowing four runs on one hit over two innings of work. Nolan Webb threw five innings of scoreless relief for the Cardinals, allowing just one hit while striking out three.
- Fulkerson went 1-2 with an RBI, while Wes Fritch was a perfect 1-1 pinch hitting.
- Brian Lawson earned the win for Hamilton, throwing four scoreless innings, while striking out three.
- Wallis had three RBI and a double for the Continentals.