MANSFIELD, Conn. – The Wesleyan University baseball team rallied from an early four-run hole on Wednesday, but a seven-run fifth inning by Eastern Connecticut State proved to be the turning point during a 13-4 loss for the Cardinals in Mansfield, Conn.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- With the game sitting at 4-4, the Warriors (8-5) released their bats in the fifth, as senior Collin Russell nailed a two-run single to center with no outs. Junior Alexander White crossed home with an unearned run, making the score 7-4 in favor of Eastern Connecticut, and then one at-bat later, junior Dale Keller unloaded with an RBI double.
- The hosts claimed a 9-4 lead on an sacrifice fly to left by junior Ryan Hood, which scored senior Merlyn Herrera from third. With two outs in the fifth, Keller and sophomore Jake LeFevre scored, as the lead ballooned up to 11-4. In the seventh, the unit tacked on another pair of runs, with Hood and junior William Coleman extending the advantage to 13-4.
- Senior D.J. Scavone opened the scoring for the Warriors with a leadoff solo homer to center in the second, and then White scored on a dropped sacrifice fly to center by freshman Anthony Stigler. Stigler rounded third on an RBI ground out to shortstop by Herrera, extending the cushion to 3-0.
- Eastern Connecticut claimed a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly to center by Russell, as LeFevre tagged up from third on the play.
- The Cardinals (9-4) swung back in the fourth, as senior AJ Ferrara scored on an RBI ground out to second by sophomore Kevin Walek. The visitors pulled to within 4-2 on a one-out, RBI single to right by sophomore Tanner Fulkerson, allowing sophomore Jake Alonzo to score.
- In the fifth, the Cardinals evened the game at 4-4 with one swing of the bat, as senior Matt Jeye led off with a walk, and then sophomore Chase Pratt hammered a two-run blast over the right-field fence. The home run is the second on the season for Pratt, as he blasted a two-run shot during a 28-12 win over Oberlin on March 21 in Tucson, Ariz.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman David Redfield and sophomore Nolan Webb threw well in relief for the Cardinals, as each pitcher kept the Warriors scoreless in 1 1/3 innings of work. Freshman Kelvin Sosa (1-1) was tagged with the loss for the visitors.
- For Eastern Connecticut State, Ben Ruddock, Cole Ogorzalek, Sam Gagnon and Ryan Sheehan each threw one inning of scoreless baseball in relief roles. Freshman John Ferrara (1-0) was credited with the win for the Warriors.
- Pratt went 2-for-3 with a homer, two RBIs and a run for the Cardinals, while junior Alex Parkos (2-for-4, double, RBI, run), Herrera (2-for-5, RBI, run) and Keller (2-for-4, two doubles, RBI, run) starred for the Warriors.
- Eastern Connecticut State held a 10-9 lead in hits, while Wesleyan left 11 runners on base and the Warriors stranded 10.
- The Cardinals will travel to Beverly, Mass., for a meeting against Endicott on Friday at 4 p.m.