Posted: May 14, 2016
NASHUA, N.H.- Senior Eric Jones hit a walk-off homerun in the bottom of the tenth inning to give the Wesleyan University baseball team a 7-6 victory over Trinity College in first round of the NESCAC Tournament. The Cardinals erased a four-run deficit, coming from behind to secure a spot in the winners-bracket, as they look to defend their back-to-back titles.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Bantams took a quick 1-0 lead as a Nick Dibenedetto sacrifice fly would score Johnny Stamatis from third in the top of the first inning.
- Trinity added to their lead in the second, as Brendan Pierce scored to give the Bantams the 2-0 advantage.
- The Cardinals responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning as Nick Miceli '17, who started the game on the mound, helped himself with a two-run single, scoring Marco Baratta '16 and Matt Jeye '18.
- Stamatis would give the Bantams a 5-2 lead as he took a Miceli pitch over the wall for a three-run homerun.
- Dibenedetto increased the Trinity lead to four, as his RBI double in the top of the seventh scored Stamatis to give the Bantams a 6-2 lead.
- Down four in the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals began to rally against Trinity starter, Jeb Robinson. Andrew Keith '19 reached on a fielder's choice, and Guy Davidson '16 walked to put runners on first and second for Jordan Farber, who took Robinson's pitch over the leftfield wall for a three-run shot to bring Wesleyan back in the game at 6-5. The homerun was Farber's sixth on the year, which ties him for the NESCAC lead.
- Miceli reached on an error in the top of the eight and was able to advance to third on a throwing error on the pickoff attempt at first. Ellis Schaefer '17 then looped a single over third and into leftfield to score Miceli from third and tie the game at six. That would be all for Robinson, who was replaced by Daniel Pidgeon.
- A walk to Jones put runners on first and second, and they would advance to second and third on a passed ball. The Bantams would then intentionally walk Davidson to load the bases for Farber with one out. Pidgeon would get Farber looking on a pitch on the outside corner for out number two, and was then able to get Jeye to ground out to the shortstop to end the eighth inning rally for the Cardinals.
- In the top of the ninth, Ryan Earle '19, who relieved Miceli in the eight, would retire Trinity in order to send Wesleyan up to bat in the bottom of the ninth with a chance to win the game.
- Miceli would lace a single up the middle for his fourth hit of the game in the bottom of the ninth, but that's all the Cardinals would get as the teams would head to extras tied at six.
- In the bottom of the tenth, Jones led off the inning and launched a homerun over the leftfield wall to give the Cardinals the 7-6 walk-off victory.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Miceli went 4-4 at the plate, with two RBIs. He also went seven innings on the mound, striking out seven Bantams and surrendering just two walks.
- Earle earned his third win on the year, going three innings, allowing no hits. He struck out two and walked one.
- Baratta went 3-5 in the game, while Jeye went 2-5. Farber led the Cardinals with his three RBIs.
- Nick Pezzella, Stamatis and Dibenedetto each notched two hits a piece for Trinity.
- Pidgeon suffered the loss, his third on the year, as he went two innings, allowing two hits, and one run. He struck out two and walked two.
- The Cardinals will face Tufts University at 4 p.m.
- Trinity will take on Amherst College in an elimination game at 12:30 p.m.