TUCSON, Ariz. – Sophomore Tanner Fulkerson of the Wesleyan University baseball team exploded with a 3-for-5 performance at the plate, to go along with four RBIs and two doubles, as the Cardinals defeated Hamline, 8-3, on Saturday afternoon in Tucson, Ariz.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (5-1) faced a 3-2 deficit heading into the bottom half of the seventh, but the squad took complete control of the game with a five-run push in the frame. With the bases juiced and two outs, Fulkerson delivered with the game-winning, bases-clearing double, scoring senior Matt Jeye, and sophomores Jonny Corning and Kevin Walek, as Wesleyan took a 5-3 lead.
- Fulkerson then trotted across home on a wild pitch, and junior Danny Rose capped the scoring in the inning on an RBI single by sophomore Jesse Levy-Rubinett.
- In the eighth, Jeye connected on an RBI single, allowing Corning to come home with the game's final run, which gave Wesleyan a solid cushion at 8-3.
- Fulkerson, who is originally from Longmont, Colo., put Wesleyan on the board quickly with a two-out RBI double in the bottom of the first, as Corning rounded third with an unearned run. The group then excelled again in the second with two outs, as sophomore Alex Cappitelli singled, and Corning batted him in with a double, giving the Cardinals a 2-0 advantage.
- Hamline (3-6) found its groove in the middle frames, scoring three unanswered runs from the third to the seventh. Sophomore Cyle Hartwig opened the third with a double, and then scored the Pipers' first run on an RBI single by senior Hunter Messerschmidt.
- During the sixth, the Pipers pulled even at 2-2, with an RBI ground out to second by freshman Elliott Engen, which allowed freshman Cullen Buck to score. One inning later, Hamline took its first and only lead of the game, as Messerschmidt tallied an unearned run with two outs.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Junior relief pitcher Pat Clare (2-0) earned the win for the Cardinals, working the final three frames, and giving up no earned runs on one hit. He sent four Pipers' hitters back to the dugout on strikeouts.
- Junior Mike McCaffrey started the game for Wesleyan, and pitched effectively, giving up only two earned runs in six innings. The Warwick, R.I. native whiffed seven hitters and only allowed three hits, while walking four. He pitched 1-2-3 innings in the first and second frames.
- Sophomore starting pitcher Jake Dujmovic (0-2) was tagged with the loss for Hamline, going 6 1/3 innings, and allowing three earned runs on seven hits. He finished with three strikeouts and a trio of walks.
- Junior Ryan Earle went 3-for-5 for the Cardinals at the dish, as Wesleyan held an 11-4 lead in hits. The Cardinals left 10 runners on base, and the Pipers stranded nine, while Hamline made two errors, and Wesleyan was ticketed with one.
- The Cardinals will hit the field on Sunday, as they will take on Oberlin at 10 a.m. in Tucson, Ariz. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. on the East Coast.