Baseball Drops Game One At Wesleyan

April 5, 2008

Middlebury dropped game one of a three-game NESCAC West set at Wesleyan by a score of 11-5. Trailing 5-3, the Cardinals scored seven runs in the seventh to pick up the victory. Joe Giaimo delivered the big hit in the seventh for the Cardinals, lashing a bases-loaded triple into right centerfield on a full-count pitch to give Wesleyan the lead for good.

Two batters earlier, senior Graham Douds had put an RBI single into right field to cut the Panthers lead to 5-4. In addition to driving in the three runs to give the Cardinals a 7-5 edge, Giaimo scored on his hit as the throw home caromed off the catcher and nearly out of play. Giaimo finished the game 3-for-4 with three RBI. Wesleyan added two more runs in the frame on RBI doubles by Derek Dettore and Drew Dominguez.

Middlebury took a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Erich Enns, slapped a two-run single through the right side of the infield. After Wesleyan had tied the game in the bottom of the fifth, Enns came through again in the top of the seventh, helping Middlebury pick up two more runs with an RBI single to right center and then scoring on a double deep to right by John Lanahan. That brought about a pitching change for Wesleyan and Giaimo took the mound in relief of starter senior Kit Tholen, hitting the first batter he faced then getting the final out of the inning.

Jack Britton took the loss for Middlebury, allowing the first six runs but did record 10 strikeouts. Scooter Scott had no luck for Middlebury, giving up four runs in relief in the seventh before being pulled. Michael Cifuentes tossed the final two innings for Wesleyan, allowing two hits and no runs.