TUCSON, Ariz. – Senior Matt Jeye went 3-for-5 at the plate with five RBIs and two extra-base hits, and sophomore pitcher Alec Olmstead earned his second win of the season with a seven-inning performance for the Wesleyan University baseball team, as the Cardinals ended their 2018 spring trip with a 14-5 victory over Wisconsin-Superior on Friday in Tucson, Ariz.
The Cardinals fell, 5-4, to Carleton in the first game on Friday, but the squad concludes its trip with an impressive 9-3 record.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Wesleyan 14, Wisconsin-Superior 5):
- Wesleyan took the lead for good with a four-run frame in the fifth, highlighted by a three-run, bases-clearing triple by sophomore Tanner Fulkerson, giving the unit a 4-2 advantage. The Cardinals claimed a three-run lead on a sacrifice fly to center by junior Danny Rose, scoring Fulkerson from third.
- The Yellow Jackets (1-12) trimmed the lead down to 5-4 in the bottom half of the fourth with a two-run ground out to shortstop by senior Nick McNosky, allowing sophomore Brandon Rolf and junior Alex Osness to cross home.
- The Cardinals blew the game open in the eighth with five runs, as sophomores Jack Alonzo and and Kevin Walek scored, and then Jeye connected on a two-run double, giving the group a 9-4 edge. Fulkerson then plated junior Ryan Earle with a sacrifice fly to center, giving the squad a 10-4 lead.
- In the ninth, Alonzo scored with one down, and then Jeye belted a three-run, bases-clearing triple, which gave the team a double-digit lead at 14-4. Osness ended the scoring in the bottom of the frame for the Yellow Jackets with a two-out, RBI single.
- Fulkerson opened the scoring in the top of the first with a two-out RBI single, plating sophomore Jonny Corning, and then Wisconsin-Superior took its only lead of the game in the bottom of the frame on RBI singles by sophomore Cory Albertson and junior Matthew Boyde.
- Olmstead (2-0) only allowed three earned runs on five hits in seven frames for Wesleyan, as he tallied a game-high eight strikeouts. He ended his stint on the mound with a 1-2-3 seventh, as he allowed three walks in the game.
- Freshman pitcher Ryan Rodriguez (0-1) was charged with the loss for the Yellow Jackets, giving up five earned runs on seven hits in five innings, as he finished with four strikeouts and two walks.
- Fulkerson was efficient in the Cardinals' lineup, going 2-for-4 with five RBIs, a triple and a run. Albertson compiled a 2-for-4 effort for the Yellow Jackets with an RBI and a run.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Carleton 5, Wesleyan 4):
- The Knights (7-4) built a 5-2 lead with a three-run effort in the bottom of the fourth. The squad claimed the lead for good at 3-2, as sophomore Yash Muley tallied a one-out walk, stole second, and then rounded third and scored on a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher.
- Sophomores Zane Johann and Wilson Battle each tallied a one-out RBI single in the fourth, which allowed Carleton to extend its lead to three runs.
- Wesleyan tried to mount a comeback in the seventh, loading the bases with one out on a walk by sophomore Alex Cappitelli, and singles by sophomore Chase Pratt and Jeye. Fulkerson then unloaded with a two-run single, bringing the Cardinals to within one at 5-4. The Knights turned to senior right-handed pitcher Tyler Rolland, and he forced Rose to pop out to shortstop, as Carleton escaped the jam with the lead.
- The Cardinals hit the scoreboard first in the top half of the opening inning, as Cappitelli and Corning led off with singles. Pratt, who grew up in Rye, N.Y., slammed a two-run double, which gave the squad an early 2-0 advantage.
- Carleton responded with one-run innings in the first and second, respectively, with senior Griffin Bolte driving a one-out RBI single in the first, and Muley connecting on a two-out RBI single during the second frame, knotting the score at 2-2.
- Junior Austin Heuer (1-1) earned the win on the mound for the Knights, giving up four runs on nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. The Elk River, Minn. native finished with five strikeouts, and walked a pair of batters. Rolland collected his first save of the season, relinquishing only one hit and no runs or walks in the final 2 2/3 innings.
- Junior Mike McCaffrey (1-1) suffered the loss on the hill for Wesleyan, as he posted a game-high 10 strikeouts, while giving up four earned runs on 12 hits, and walking four. Junior Pat Clare was tremendous in relief, slamming the door shut with scoreless innings in the seventh and eighth.
- Pratt (3-for-4, double, two RBIs, run) and Walek (2-for-4) led the charge in the Cardinals' lineup. The Knights received strong offensive performances by sophomore Josh Small (3-for-4, two runs), Bolte (3-for-5, RBI) and junior Brendon Fischel (3-for-5, double, run).
- The Cardinals will return to New England for a 4 p.m. matchup against Eastern Connecticut State on Wednesday in Mansfield, Conn.