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Late Pair of Runs Lifts Wesleyan Past Middlebury, 4-2

Clare allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out nine (Lianne Yun '18).
Clare allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out nine (Lianne Yun '18).

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Wesleyan baseball team (14-13, 4-3) scored a pair of runs in the top of the seventh inning, breaking a 2-2 tie, as the Cardinals took the first game of a key NESCAC West series 4-2 from Middlebury (18-9, 3-4) Saturday at Forbes Field. The three-game series concludes on Sunday with a doubleheader at 12:00 p.m. 

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Wesleyan opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, as Danny Rose hit a solo home run to left-center field.
  • The hosts tied the contest an inning later when Hayden Smith reached on an infield error and moved into scoring position, stealing second base. He touched home plate two batters later, as Justin Han delivered a RBI single into right-center field.
  • Middlebury took its first lead in the bottom of the fourth thanks to Kevin Woodring, who led off the inning with a solo homer to deep left field to make it 2-1.
  • The Cardinals quickly pulled even, recording three-straight two-out hits in the fifth. Alex Cappitelli's double was the third in that string, easily scoring Nolan Webb from third.
  • Wesleyan broke the 2-2 tie in the seventh frame with a pair of runs after getting the bases loaded with nobody out. Webb drove in the first run on a fielder's choice, while Cappitelli dropped a squeeze bunt to score Jonny Corning
  • The Panthers threatened in their final at bat, but a potential run was cut down at the plate on a double to left field by Gray Goolsby.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Webb and Adam Geibel each contributed a pair of hits for the Cardinals, while pitcher Pat Clare went the distance on the mound. He yielded two runs (one earned) on seven hits with nine strikeouts.
  • Goosby finished 2-4 at the plate with two doubles, while Woodring had two hits with one of them being a homer. Colby Morris (4-2) tossed a complete game, allowing four runs on seven hits with five strikeouts.