MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Wesleyan University baseball team concluded its regular season with a sweep of Trinity College on Saturday afternoon at Dresser Diamond at Andrus Field. The Cardinals combined for 25 hits and 14 runs in the two games, and outscored the Bantams by a 14-3 margin.
GAME ONE HIGHLIGHTS
- Trinity scored the games' first run as Nick Pezella scored on a wild pitch in the top of the first.
- In the top of the third, Nick Miceli '17 made a spectacular play in the outfield to help get the Cardinals out of a jam. With a runner on first, Daniel Pidgeon laced a flyball to leftcenter, and Miceli ran it down and made an impressive catch to save what could have easily been a run scoring double. He then threw a laser to first to gun down Cooper Mooney for the double play.
- The Cardinals sent nine batters to bat in the fourth as they scored five runs on seven hit to take a 5-1 lead. Andrew Keith '19 opened the inning with a double and advanced to third on a single by Guy Davidson '16. Jordan Farber '16 brought both of them home with a single and then advanced to second on the throw home. Matt Jeye '18 then singled home Farber to give Wesleyan a 3-1 lead. Will O'Sullivan '17 tripled in the inning and was then brought home on a squeeze bunt by Miceli, who would advance to second on a throwing error. Ellis Schaefer '17 would double to bring home Miceli to give the Cardinals the 5-1 advantage.
- The Bantams got their second run on the day on a Pezella RBI groundout to bring Trinity to within at three at 5-2.
- Wesleyan added an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth as Miceli executed a pitcher perfect squeeze bunt which scored Marco Baratta '16 from third. That gave the Cardinals a 6-2 lead.
- The Bantams would not score in the seventh as Wesleyan would take game one, 6-2.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Peter Rantz '16 earned his sixth victory on the year as he went five innings allowing just two runs (none earned) on three hits. He struck out two and walked three.
- Miceli earned his sixth save of the season going the final two innings allowing two hits with one strikeout and one walk. He also went 1-2 with two RBIs and a run scored.
- Farber and Baratta each went 2-3 in the game. Farber notched two RBIs in the game.
- For the visiting Bantams, Scott Cullinane went 2-3 with a run scored.
GAME TWO HIGHLIGHTS
- In the bottom of the first, Farber laced an RBI single to center which scored Davidson to give Wesleyan an early 1-0 lead.
- Trinity would tie the game in the top of the second on a single to left by Cullinane.
- Miceli laced a hard-hit triple down the right field line in the third to score O'Sullivan. While rounding second on the play, Miceli fell but was able to quickly get up and avoid the tag at third for his second triple on the season. Schaefer would later single home Miceli to give the Cardinals a 3-1 advantage heading into the fourth inning.
- Heads-up base-running earned Wesleyan another run in the bottom of the third as Jeye, who was picked off first, stayed in the rundown long enough to allow Farber to score from third, and give the home team a 4-1 lead.
- Miceli scored his second run on the day as he crossed the plate on an error to bring the Wesleyan lead to 5-1.
- In the bottom of the fifth, Baratta hit a single to left which scored Farber and AJ Ferrara '18, and gave the Cardinals a 7-1 advantage.
- Ferrara would single home Schaefer in the bottom of the sixth to bring the Cardinals lead to seven at 8-1.
- The seven run deficit was too much for Trinity to overcome as Wesleyan would take game two, 8-1.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Ethan Rode '17 earned his fifth victory on the year as he allowed one run on three hits. Six other Cardinal pitchers would appear in the game and they combined for six innings 2 hits, no runs and six strikeouts.
- Ferrara went 2-2 on the day with a run scored and an RBI.
- Miceli went 2-4 with an RBI.
- Farber, Baratta, Schaefer and Eric Jones '16 each notched two hits a piece in the game. Baratta also knocked in two runs.
- Cullinane had the lone RBI for the Bantams as he went 1-4 on the game.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- In-between games, head coach Mark Woodworth and his staff honored their six-member senior class: Marco Baratta, Guy Davidson, Jordan Farber, Wilson Flower, Eric Jones and Peter Rantz.
- Together, the Class of 2016 has amassed a 108-49-1 record to date and a 38-10 NESCAC West record, which includes a perfect 12-0 record in 2015. They were also apart of four consecutive Little Three Championships (2013-16) and back-to-back NESCAC Championships (2014, 2015).
- The two teams will return to the diamond on Friday, May 13th in the first round of the NESCAC Tournament, which will be held in Nashua, N.H. First pitch is scheduled for 7 p.m.