MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – After recording two saves and one win in relief efforts during a 6-1 start for the Wesleyan University baseball team, junior Ryan Earle was named NESCAC Baseball Pitcher of the Week, as announced by the conference on Monday afternoon.
This accolade marks the first weekly conference award of Earle's collegiate career, and then-sophomore Mike McCaffrey was the last Cardinal to earn Baseball Pitcher of the Week honors on April 3, 2017.
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Earle, who hails from Hanover, Mass., clinched Wesleyan's 5-2 season-opening win over Dubuque on March 11, as he earned the save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. One day later, during Game 1 of a doubleheader against Greenville, he earned the win, throwing the final 1 2/3 innings during a 7-6 win in seven frames, as he allowed only one hit and whiffed two.
During an 8-6 win over Oberlin on Sunday, Earle took the ball on the hill in the ninth with one out and two runners in scoring position, along with the tying run on deck. He was able to preserve the win, forcing a game-ending ground out, which resulted in a force out at second base with the bases loaded and the tying run on second and the game-winning runner on first.
The third-year collegiate player also excelled in the batter's box, going 11-for-31 (.355 batting average), to go along with four doubles, a home run, a triple, six runs scored and four RBIs. Earle recorded back-to-back, three-hit games during an 8-3 win over Hamline on Saturday and in the victory over Oberlin.