WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Wesleyan University baseball team swept Little Three-rival Williams in a doubleheader on Saturday in Williamstown, Mass., as the Cardinals prevailed with a 7-5 victory in Game 1 and an 8-6 win in the second game.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Wesleyan 7, Williams 5 – 8 innings):
- Sophomore Alex Cappitelli belted the game-winning, two-run single to right-center with no outs in the eighth for the Cardinals (19-11, 7-4 NESCAC West Division). as sophomores Jake Alonzo and Kevin Walek crossed home with the sixth and seventh runs, respectively, for the visitors. Alonzo led off the inning with a triple to center, and Walek drew a walk during the next at-bat.
- The Cardinals went on the scoreboard quickly in the first on an RBI single to left by senior Matt Jeye with no outs, which scored Cappitelli from third. Two at-bats later, sophomore Tanner Fulkerson drove an RBI ground out to the shortstop, scoring sophomore Andrew Kauf from third for Wesleyan's second run.
- The Ephs (8-18, 4-7 NESCAC West Division) went on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third on a sacrifice fly to right by junior Tom Benz, cutting the Cardinals' lead to 2-1.
- During the top of the fourth, junior Ryan Earle tallied a one-out single through the right side, and then scored three at-bats later on an RBI single up the middle by Cappitelli, which pushed the lead back up to two runs.
- Wesleyan took a 4-1 lead in the fifth, as junior Danny Rose opened the inning with a double down the left-field line, and scored on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Chase Pratt.
- Williams cut the deficit to two with one swing of the bat in the bottom of the fifth on a leadoff solo shot by junior Alex Panstares.
- The Cardinals and Ephs each tallied a run in the sixth, putting the Cardinals in front by a score of 5-3.
- The Ephs knotted the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh with some clutch play, as the squad loaded the bases with no outs, and freshman Erik Mini scored on an RBI during a fielder's choice by freshman Jeremy Irzyk. An RBI single up the middle by senior Jack Roberts evened the score at 5-5, as the hosts had runners on first and second with one out.
- Junior relief pitcher Ryan Earle was able to force senior Adam Dulsky to ground into a double play to keep the Cardinals alive, and then after Wesleyan scored a pair in the top half of the eighth, he slammed the door shut during the bottom half of the inning.
- Earle (3-0) earned his third win in a relief role for the Cardinals this year, as he was not charged with any runs during the final two frames, while striking out one and allowing three hits.
- Freshman Bryan Woolley (1-3) was tagged with the loss for the hosts, giving up two earned runs on three hits and two walks in one inning of work.
- Cappitelli (3-for-4, three RBIs, run), Rose (3-for-5, double, run), Jeye (3-for-5, RBI) and Alonzo (3-for-3, triple, two runs) all starred for Wesleyan, while Panstares went 2-for-3 with a home run, two runs and an RBI for Williams.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Wesleyan 8, Williams 6 – 7 innings):
- The Cardinals took control of the game early with a 5-0 run outburst in the second, featuring a two-run double by Cappitelli, a two-run double by Kauf and a one-run double by Rose, with all three hits occurring one after the other.
- The lead was extended to 6-0 in the fourth on an RBI ground out by Earle, which scored Rose from third base.
- Williams found its way onto the scoreboard in the bottom half of the fifth on an RBI single to center by freshman Frank Stola, as Mini, who led off the inning with a double, scored from second.
- Wesleyan pushed the lead up to 8-1 with a two-run sixth, concluding with Alonzo scoring an unearned run on an RBI single through the right side by Walek.
- The Ephs did everything in their power to avoid the two-game sweep with a five-run seventh inning, which trimmed the Cardinals' lead to 8-6. Junior Kellen Hatheway started the push with an RBI single to right-center with no outs, and then sophomore Mike Stamas and Hatheway crossed home following a fielding error by the first baseman with no outs, as the Ephs were within 8-4. With two down in the frame, Mini lined a two-run single to right, trimming the deficit to two runs, but Earle was able to earn his fifth save of the season, forcing Stola to strikeout during the next at-bat.
- Sophomore Alec Olmstead (4-2) earned the win on the mound for Wesleyan, giving up only two earned runs on six hits in six innings. The Palo Alto, Calif. native walked seven batters and struck out a pair. Junior Jack Bohen (2-3) suffered the loss for Williams, allowing five earned rus on nine hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.
- Rose (4-for-4, three doubles, two runs, RBI) led the charge in the Cardinals' lineup, while Mini registered a 2-for-4 effort with a double, two RBIs and a run for the Ephs.
- The Cardinals will conclude their three-game series against Williams on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Middletown, Conn., as the squad will honor its five-person senior class prior to first pitch at Dresser Diamond.