MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan University baseball team used strong pitching performances from senior Peter Rantz and junior Nick Miceli, and five hits and six runs scored by freshman Andrew Keith, to sweep a NESCAC doubleheader from Middlebury College Saturday afternoon, 8-1 and 10-2, on Dresser Diamond. The Cardinals pounded out 29 hits in the the twin bill.
Rantz went the distance in the opener to improve to 4-1 on the season. He allowed just three hits, while striking out four. Senior right fielder Marco Baratta led the offense with three of the team's 13 hits while driving in a pair.
In the nightcap, Miceli ran his record to 5-0 this season. He struck out eight in the first six innings, allowing just four hits. Junior Will O'Sullivan led the offense with four hits, while senior first baseman Jordan Farber drove in three runs.
Wesleyan: 15-4, 2-1 NESCAC West
Middlebury: 5-10, 3-3 NESCAC West
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Cardinals scored four times in the bottom of the first thanks to five hits and four Middlebury errors. Eric Jones '16, Guy Davidson '16 and Will O'Sullivan '17 delivered RBI singles in the frame.
- Middlebury left the bases loaded in the second inning. The Panthers had a hit by Raj Parker, and loaded the bases when Wesleyan starter Peter Rantz '16 hit two batters.
- Wesleyan looked poised to break it wide open in the third when Marco Baratta '16 led off with a single, and then a perfect hit-and-run single to right by Nick Miceli '17 sent him to third with no outs. Jones plated Baratta with a sacrifice fly to left, but Middlebury starter John Bunting got O'Sullivan to ground into a double play to short to end the threat.
- The Panthers scored their lone run in the top of the fourth. Sam Graf led off with a double, went to second on a ground out, and scored on a sacrifice fly by Brendan Donahue.
- The Cardinals did break it open in the bottom of the fourth with three more runs, two of them on an RBI single by Baratta. Miceli drove home the other with a bunt single up the third base line.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Rantz picked up his first complete game of the season to improve to 4-1. He needed just 92 pitches (61 for strikes) to pick up the win.
- Rantz did not walk a batter, but he hit four.
- Davidson and Baratta both finished with three hits and two runs scored.
- Twelve of the 13 Cardinal hits were singles. Davidson had the only double.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Cardinals scored six times on seven hits in the third inning, chasing Middlebury starter Joe McDonald from the game. Two of the runs wWill O'Sullivans Middlebury also committed a pair of errors Will O'Sullivan had two of the hits in the inning.
- Middlebury scored twice in the sixth inning. Raj Palekar knocked home one with a double. Palekar then scored on a throwing error by Jordan Farber, who was trying to get Palekar advancing to third on a ground out.
- Wesleyan got one Jordan Farberhe bottom of the frame thanks to a single by Jordan Farber '16 on the 14th pitch of his at bat against Panther reliever Connor Himstead.
BY THE NUMBERS
- O'Sullivan was a perfect 4-4 in the game and drove in a pair of runs.
- The first three Middlebury hits were all infield hits to Wesleyan shortstop Guy Davidson.
- Sam Graf had three of the five Middlebury hits in the game.
- The Cardinal bullpen (Ryan Earle, Doug Hartshorne and Wilson Flower) worked three scoreless innings.
- The Cardinals will play at Salve Regina on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 4 p.m..
- Middlebury will host Norwich University on Monday.