Baseball Drops Game One At Wesleyan

April 2, 2010

Middlebury dropped game one of a three-game set at Wesleyan, falling by a score of 7-6. The Cardinals trailed 6-2 in the game, before plating the game-winner in the seventh. The teams resume play on Saturday with a doubleheader beginning at noon.

Sophomore pitcher Mike Barsotti collected a career-high 16 strikeouts in going the distance in the mound, earning the win for the Cardinals. Sophomore Kyle Weiss drove in the winning run for Wesleyan with a single up the middle with two outs in the 7th.  Senior Jeff Bizinkauskas had walked and stolen second to get into scoring position before Weiss delivered his second hit of the contest.

Middlebury built a 5-0 lead in the 3rd as junior Donald McKillop stroked the key hit, a bases-loaded double to left that cleared the bases for a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Zach Roeder then brought McKillop home with a single and eventually scored on a wild pitch for the five-run margin.

Wesleyan cut it to 5-2 in the bottom of the frame as Weiss scored on an error after starting the inning with a hit and moving to second on a passed ball.  Junior Joe Giaimo added an RBI single before Middlebury starting pitcher junior Nick Angstman got out of his second bases-loaded situation over the opening three stanzas. 

A solo home run by junior Joey Liberator put the Panthers ahead 6-2 in the 4th. The Cardinals got that run back in the 5th when junior Julian Sonnenfeld stroked his 15th double of the season (in 19 games) and scored on senior Brice Kelly's single. Wesleyan evened the count in the 6th with sophomore Alex Meadow driving in a pair with a double to right and scoring on a junior Derek Dettorre safety with two outs.

Barsotti, with his third complete game of the season in five starts, struck out at least two batters in six of the nine innings he pitched including the last out of the game with runners at second and third due to a Wesleyan  throwing error. Barsotti, now 3-2 on the season, gave up 10 hits and three earned runs with two walks along with his 16 Ks. Angstman yielded seven hits and five earned runs with four walks and four strikeouts in 5.1 innings of work for Middlebury.