MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Wesleyan baseball team trailed by two runs for most of the game, but Hamilton pulled away with a three-run top of the eighth followed by an insurance run in the ninth to win 11-5 on Sunday afternoon at Dresser Diamond.
Both teams scored at least one run in each of the first three innings as the Continentals led 7-5 after three, but the Cardinals were held scoreless the rest of the way as they dropped to 9-11 overall and 3-3 in league play. Hamilton won the series, 2-1, and is now 10-9 and 3-3.
- The Continentals came out strong. Ethan Wallis hit a lead-off double to right field, narrowly staying in-play. On the next at-bat, Jordan Northrup hit a ground ball single between the shortstop and third baseman, driving home Wallis. After a wild pitch and a walk, Matt Zaffino brought in Northrup with a fielder's choice. He then stole second and reached third on a throwing error, before crossing home plate on a single to left field by Brady Slinger as Hamilton took a 3-0 lead after one.
- Wesleyan answered with a strong bottom half of the inning. Alex Cappitelli led off with a single to left field and advanced to third the following at-bat on a throwing error by Hamilton. He was then driven home by a ground out single by Danny Rose. With Andrew Kauf on third following the throwing error and groundout from Rose, he then crossed home off an infield single up the middle by Jake Alonzo as the Cardinals cut the deficit to 3-2.
- In the top of the second, Hamilton's first two batters reached and Northrup singled up the middle to drive them home. Two batters later, Zaffino singled to left field to drive in Northrup as the visitors increased their lead to 6-2.
- Jonny Corning led off the bottom of the second with a double to left field and later crossed home following an infield groundout by Andrew Keith to get within three.
- In the top of the third, with the bases loaded, Northrup hit an infield groundball in a perfect spot so the shortstop couldn't make a play, driving home a run to go ahead 7-3.
- Wesleyan countered in the bottom half of the inning as Chase Pratt crushed a two-run homer over the right-field fence to get within two.
- Neither team would score over the next four innings despite some opportunities by the Cardinals.
- The first 1-2-3 inning occurred in the bottom of the sixth.
- Hamilton broke the game open in the top of the eighth. Wallis led off with a double to left field and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. After a walk and a strikeout put runners on first and third with two outs, Brady Singler singled to right field to drive in Wallis. The Continentals loaded the bases following a throwing error by the Cardinals on a fielder's choice, and a wild pitch led by another throwing error from Wesleyan brought in two more runs.
- Hamilton added more insurance in the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly to center field by Wallis to seal the 11-5 victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Wesleyan recorded 10 hits but left nine runners on base. Kauf went 2-4 with a run scored and Cappitelli finished 2-5 with a run. Six other Cardinals finished with a hit, while Pratt, Rose, Keith, and Jake Alonzo all drove in runs. Four different pitchers took the mound for Wesleyan with Joe Mescall leading the way, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings while striking out four and surrendering four hits.
- Nate Goodman went 4-5 for Hamilton, while Northrup finished 3-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Six Continentals recorded multi-hit games and four registered RBI's. Kenny Gray started on the mound and threw 3.0 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits. Tom Riley received the win in 2.0 innings of relief work. He did not allow a run and surrendered three hits.
- Wesleyan is back in action Wednesday, April 10 and will play at Coast Guard. The game is scheduled to start at 4 p.m.