CLINTON, N.Y. – Sophomore Alex Cappitelli of the Wesleyan University baseball team went 2-for-5 with two doubles, three RBIs and three runs in the second game of a doubleheader against NESCAC West Division-foe Hamilton on Saturday, as the Cardinals closed out the three-game series with a 9-4 win in Clinton, N.Y.
Hamilton (12-11, 2-3 NESCAC West Division) took Game 1 of the doubleheader, 5-1, in seven innings over Wesleyan (15-8, 4-2 NESCAC West Division), and also took the opening game of the series on Friday by a score of 3-2.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Wesleyan 9, Hamilton 4):
- The Cardinals scored the first eight runs of the game during the opening three innings. In the first, Cappitelli led off and was hit by a pitch, and then he advanced to third on a double to left by sophomore Andrew Kauf. Senior Matt Jeye plated Cappitelli on an RBI single up the middle, and then junior Ryan Earle allowed Kauf to score during the next at-bat on a sacrifice fly to right-center.
- The visitors went up 4-0 in the second on a one-out RBI double down the right-field line by Cappitelli, and a one-run single to right-center with one down by Kauf. Cappitelli, who hails from North Caldwell, N.J., kept swinging the bat in the third, lining a two-out, two-run double to left, and then two batters later, Jeye slammed another two-run double down the left-field line, as Wesleyan built a comfortable 8-0 advantage.
- Hamilton went on the board with a pair of runs in its half of the third, as junior Jordan Northrup scored on an RBI ground out by freshman Jarrett Lee, and then freshman Ethan Wallis cut the deficit to six runs, taking home on a wild pitch.
- Junior Nick Valicenti put the visitors up 9-2 in the top half of the fourth with a one-run single to left with two outs, as junior Danny Rose scored from second on the play.
- Hamilton grabbed a run in the fifth, and pulled within 9-4 in the seventh, doing all its work with two down. Wallis reached on a two-out walk, and then scored two at-bats later, when freshman Rich Marooney tallied an RBI single through the right side.
- Sophomore starting pitcher Alec Olmstead (3-1) earned the win on the mound for Wesleyan, working 6 2/3 innings, as he posted nine strikeouts and four walks. He gave up four runs on four hits, as he now has 34 strikeouts on the season – tied for the second most on the team. Earle pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, giving up no runs on two hits, while striking out a pair and walking one.
- Sophomore starting pitcher Tom Riley (1-2) suffered the loss for Hamilton, allowing four earned runs on four hits in two innings, while striking out three and walking one batter.
- Kauf went 3-for-5 at the plate for the Cardinals, to go along with a double, two runs and an RBI, while Jeye went 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Marooney registered a 2-for-3 effort with an RBI for Hamilton. Wesleyan held an 11-6 advantage in hits.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Hamilton 5, Wesleyan 1 – Seven Innings):
- The Continentals took complete control of the game in the fourth and fifth, combining for five runs in the two innings. In the fourth, sophomore Graham McOsker opened the scoring, blasting an RBI double to the gap in left-center, as Marooney scored all the way from first on the play.
- In the fifth, freshman Matt Zaffino tallied a one-out, two-run double to left, and then during the next at-bat, senior Dean Rosenberg connected on a one-run triple to right, giving the hosts a 4-0 advantage. The lead grew to 5-0 during the next at-bat, as Marooney reached first on an error by the shortstop, which allowed Rosenberg to cross home.
- In the top of the sixth, Wesleyan scored its lone run of the game. Sophomores Kevin Walek (walk) and Jesse Levy-Rubinett (single) led off the inning by reaching, and then Cappitelli recorded an RBI single through the left side, scoring Walek from third.
- Freshman Gavin Schaefer-Hood (3-3) was fantastic on the mound for the Continentals, pitching the complete game, and only allowing the single run. He whiffed seven hitters, and only relinquished three hits and two walks.
- Freshman Kelvin Sosa (3-2) was tagged with the loss for the Cardinals, giving up four earned runs on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Bronx, N.Y. native compiled a trio of strikeouts and walked a pair of hitters. Sophomore Nolan Webb was strong in relief, not giving up any hits during the final 1 2/3 innings, as he fanned a pair of batters and walked one.
- The two teams combined for eight hits, and Hamilton led the way with five.
- The Cardinals will welcome Johnson & Wales to Dresser Diamond on Tuesday for a non-conference game at 4 p.m.