MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The Wesleyan baseball team (17-17, 5-7) celebrated senior day in exciting fashion, taking down Little Three rival Williams 2-0 in the first game of doubleheader action. The Cardinals looked to sweep the pair of contests, but Eph Kellen Hatheway hit a two-run homer in the ninth to lift Williams past Wesleyan, 5-3.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
- Kelvin Sosa got things going for the Cardinals, retiring the side in order to start the first game.
- Wesleyan carried the momentum into its half of the inning. Andrew Keith singled through the right side, before Danny Rose's double hit the warning track to drive in Keith for the 1-0 edge.
- The Ephs looked to get on the board in the second when David Driscoll and Erik Mini hit back-to-back singles, but Wesleyan recorded two-straight outs to deny Williams of a chance to plate a run.
- With two outs in the bottom of the fifth and a runner on first, Wesleyan's Jonny Corning singled to right field, before Alex Cappitelli singled deep into left field to drive in Alonzo, making it 2-0.
- The Cardinals went 1-2-3 in the top of the sixth to deny any chance for the Ephs.
- Williams looked to mount a rally in the top of the seventh when Driscoll singled to center and Mike Stamas singled through the left side, but Wesleyan recorded two-straight outs to end the inning and hang on for the win.
GAME 1 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sosa threw a complete game shutout, striking out seven to pick up the win for the Cardinals.
- Corning went 1-2, while Rose recorded an RBI and a double for Wesleyan.
- Lamont suffered the loss on the mound for the Ephs, allowing two runs on six hit, while striking out four. Driscoll went 2-3 for Williams.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals threatened in the bottom of the first. Cappitelli led-off with a single, while Keith reached on a fielder's choice and Rose walked. Later, after Keith was caught stealing, Wes Fritch singled to advance Rose to third, but Wesleyan was unable to plate a run.
- With runners on the corners in the top of the second, Williams' Alex Pansares perfectly executed a suicide squeeze to drive in Driscoll for the 1-0 edge. The Ephs looked to add another run, but Wesleyan recorded a double play to end the inning with minimal damage.
- In the bottom of the fourth, Cardinal Jamie Mills reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error by the pitcher, before reaching third on a bunt by Alonzo. Later, Mills scored on a double play, before Corning hit a two-run homer to put Wesleyan up 3-1.
- Wesleyan looked to extend its lead in the fifth when Mills and Adam Geibel advanced to second and third on an Eph miscue, but both runners were left stranded.
- Williams found its rhythm in the top of the seventh, when Panstares doubled to left center, before touching home on a single by Pappas, cutting the deficit to 3-2.
- Hatheway led-off the top of the eighth with a single through the left side, before Schaffer reached on a fielder's choice and Mini walked. Later a single by Stamas drove in Schaffer, as the Ephs knotted the game 3-3.
- In the top of the ninth, Williams' Billy Shea led-off with a double down the right field line, before pinch-runner Philip Barnett advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Pappas. Later, with two outs, Hatheway homered to center field to give the Ephs a two-run lead (5-3).
- Williams played solid defense in the final half of the inning, recording three-straight outs to secure the victory.
GAME 2 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Jake Alonzo suffered the loss on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits during two innings.
- Corning recorded two RBI's with his homerun, while Geibel went 2-4 and Cappitelli went 1-2.
- Kyle Dean earned the win for Williams, pitching two scoreless innings in relief.
- Hatheway went 3-4 with a homerun and two RBI's, while Pappas and Panstares each went 2-4.
- The Cardinals host in-state rival Trinity in doubleheader action on Sunday beginning at 2:00 p.m. This game will be at Palmer Field in Middletown, Conn.