MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – Sophomore Alex Cappitelli and junior Danny Rose of the Wesleyan University baseball team earned All-NESCAC First and Second Team laurels, respectively, for the first time in their collegiate careers, as announced by the conference office on Wednesday afternoon.
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The two standout athletes were a vital component behind the Cardinals (22-16) posting an 8-4 record in the West Division, and qualifying for the NESCAC playoffs for the ninth time in school history. During the regular season, Wesleyan recorded three-game sweeps of Middlebury on April 7-8 and Williams on April 28-29.
Cappitelli, who hails from North Caldwell, N.J., did it all in a leadoff role for the Cardinals, leading the team in batting average (.367), on-base percentage (.497), hits (51) and runs (40), to go along with 34 RBIs and 12 doubles. Within the entire NESCAC, the sophomore outfielder ranks second in on-base percentage, and third in hits and runs.
The numbers do not tell the entire story, as Cappitelli came through in many clutch situations for Wesleyan during the 2018 season. He opened the scoring and put the Cardinals up for good with an RBI single in the fifth during a 3-1 win over Bates in a must-win scenario during Game 3 of the NESCAC Tournament on May 12 in Hartford, Conn. The outstanding athlete put the squad in the lead for good with a two-run single in the eighth during a 7-5 win in eight innings over Little Three-foe Williams on April 28.
Cappitelli, who slammed two home runs this spring, also scored the game-winning run in the first inning during a 1-0 win over Middlebury in Wesleyan's NESCAC opener on April 7 at Dresser Diamond, and then he ripped the game-clinching, two-run single with two outs in the eighth during a 13-12 non-conference victory over Coast Guard on April 11. He tallied at least three hits six times, including a four-hit performance, to go along with the game-winning run in the 10th, during a 2-1 win over Salem State on March 14.
Rose was the team leader in slugging percentage (.525) and doubles (15), and ranked second in the conference in doubles, sixth in slugging percentage, eighth in hits (44) and 10th in batting average (.361).
During a 6-5 win in seven innings during the first game of a doubleheader at Trinity on May 5, the Ipswich, Mass. native recorded the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the final inning.
Rose went 4-for-4 with three doubles, two runs and an RBI during an 8-6 win at Williams on April 28, and the outfielder also tallied a 4-for-5 effort with two doubles, a triple, three RBIs and a run during a 17-6 non-conference triumph in eight innings over Johnson & Wales on April 17.