MIDDLETOWN, CONN. – Despite leading 7-0 after two rounds of game two in Saturday’s home game against Amherst, the Wesleyan baseball team needed to hold on to a hard-charging Mammoth squad as the Cardinals held on late to win game two, 7-6. That victory sealed a split of Saturday’s double header when Wesleyan dropped game one, 4-0.
Highlights Game 1 (L, 0-4):
Second half – top half
Amherst threatened others when Mammoths’ Chris Murphy pulled one a turn and passed on to others on a misguided attempt to begin with. With Murphy in scoring position and an out, graduate student Pat clare stepped up with a couple of strikes, and caught the Amherst batteries and looked at both Ks.
Second half – Bottom half
Wesleyan seemed to take control of the game as well Eddie Zanor ’23 went, Ricky finkel ’23 was hit by a pitch and Kyle sylvester ’22 only reached after a mistake by the Amherst catcher on a bundle when the bases were loaded without anyone out for the cardinals. In the face of a massive test, Amherst’s starting pitcher Sachin Nambiar carried down and escaped the lap without allowing a run, inducing a fieldman’s choice at home followed by a strike and flying out to the right.
Third round – bottom half
After stranding three runners at base in the second, Wesleyan had runners in the second and third with only one out in the ensuing round, but came back without a run when Nambiar knocked out Zanor before forcing Finkel to line up on the right. Jack nally ’24 doubled down to the left field line for his first collegiate meeting before Adam geibel ’22 pointed out the middle to account for the two Wesleyan hits in the inning.
Fifth round – top half
Clare traded for Wesleyan, pulling off eight straight strokes before getting into trouble on the fifth when Will Marshall doubled for Amherst to lead the inning before coming around to score on an Aidan Park RBI single that broke locked. Amherst added the lead with a pair of two out RBI singles, first from Joseph Palmo followed by Daniel Qin as the Mammoths stretched the lead to 3-0.
- Wesleyan struggled in the field and made four mistakes while collecting only three hits
- Nambiar tackled in his five rounds of work, knocking out four without giving up a race
- Nick Giattino came on for Nambiar in the sixth and went two pointless rounds to pick up his first collegiate save
- Clare threw himself into the seventh round for the Cardinals, allowing four races in seven hits and two rounds while hitting eight when he threw 111 courses in his first start since May 3, 2019
Highlights Game 2 (W, 7-6):
Second half – Bottom half
After going eight straight laps without running, Wesleyan turned around and exploded in seven races in the second as the Cardinals took a leading 7-0 lead. With the bases loaded and no one out, Satoshi Miki ’24 drilled a two-run double to the left center in his first collegiate at-bat to put Wesleyan ahead. A wild pitch Sylvester scored from third to make it 3-0 before Ryan molinari ’22 knocked in a couple as he pointed down the right field line and put the Cardinals ahead 5-0. Molinari showed his speed when he stole second and third before strolling home on a Nally RBI single back in the middle. With Wesleyan now leading 6-0, it was Nally’s turn to steal second, and he was beaten by Geibel who struck to the right center and finished the seventh-race second for the Cardinals.
Third round – top half
Cardinal starter Coleton Reitan ’22 cut Amherst by one-two-three innings in the first and second before he got into trouble in the third. He loaded the bases on back-to-back trips, but made Qin swing out and retain the 7-0 Wesleyan advantage.
Fourth round – top half
Amherst continued to threaten when the bases were reloaded in the fourth, and again with two outs, Reitan came out of trouble with a strike and kept his team ahead with seven.
Fifth round – top half
The Mammoths continued to push despite the great Wesleyan lead and made it a game in the fifth when five races were scored, two of which came on one to the left of Marshall. With the ready signal ran up on the plate, Everett Lee ’22 came on the field in relief and induced a pop out to shortstop Cole Torino ’24 and the score was 7-5 Wesleyan heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Seventh round – top half
After Qin had gone left in the sixth to reduce the deficit to just one, Joe mescall ’21 came in to end the match for Wesleyan. After stranding a runner in the sixth, Mescall threw a perfect seventh inning, the last two outs coming on strike as the Cardinals ended a 7-6 victory.
- In his third career start, Reitan picked up his first career victory when he knocked out a career-high nine hits in his 4.2 rounds of work. Reitan’s previous career height for K was five.
- Mescall threw 1.1 pointless rounds in relief with two strikes, and picked up his first career save.
- In his first career start, Miki went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI and one race scored
- Zanor reached the base in all three record appearances when he went 2-for-2 with one run and one walk
- Molinari, Nally and Geibel each achieved their hits in both matches with the double-headed
- Wesleyan is now 4-2 (3-1 at home) in his last six games against the Mammoths
Wesleyan is trying to win the season series when the Cardinals travel to meet the Mammoths on Sunday with a simple game that will start at 13:00.