Baseball Drops Two To Wesleyan

April 16, 2011

Wesleyan blanked Middlebury 6-0 in game one and then scored five runs in the ninth to pick up an 11-10 win over the Panthers in game two. After a 12-7 win by Middlebury on Friday, the Cardinals take the series 2-1, improving to 15-13 overall and 5-4 in NESCAC play. The Panthers fall to 8-9 on the year, also 5-4 in league play.

Wesleyan’s Brett Yarusi tossed a three-hit shutout in game one (seven innings), improving to 3-3 on the season. The righty faced just five batters over the minimum, striking out a pair, while walking one. The Cardinals scored two runs in the second, fourth and seventh to pick up the victory.

Singles by Justin Freres and Joe Giaimo started the second for Wesleyan, with Freres scoring on a fielding error and Giaimo crossing the plate on a single to left by Noah Feingold.

A bases loaded fielder’s choice by Kyle Weiss scored Feingold, with Alex Meadow also scoring on the play after an error.

Middlebury had its best chance to score in the fifth, but left the bases loaded.

The Cardinals tacked on two runs in the seventh with an unearned run scoring on a throwing error and another crossing the plate on a wild pitch.

Feingold finished the game 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Giaimo went 2-4 with a run scored. Zach Roeder, Thomas Driscoll and Alex Kelly each had singles for Middlebury, as Michael Joseph (1-2) threw the complete game, suffering the loss.

In game two, Wesleyan scored four two-out runs in the first inning. After letting up a two-out single, Middlebury starting pitcher John Wiet allowed a single and hit the next two batters to load the bases. A wild pitch by Wiet, during Jake Skinner’s at bat, allowed one run to score. After Skinner earned a walk to load the bases again, a passed ball with Meadow dug in at the plate, scored another run. With runners on second and third, Meadow followed with a double to left-center, scoring two runners for a 4-0 lead.

After Middlebury scratched a run in the bottom of the first, the Panthers exploded with six runs in the second inning. After singles by Joseph Conway and Thomas Driscoll, Alex Kelly reached on a fielder’s choice, but a throwing error on the play kept the bases loaded. Tyler Wark followed with a base-on-balls, plating Conway. With the bases still loaded, another error on a fielder’s choice on a ball hit by Will Baine allowed Driscoll to score from third. Donald McKillop reached on a fielding error as Kelly scored from third. Roeder followed with a two run single, pushing McKillop to third. The final run came on an infield ground-out by Thomas Rafferty, allowing McKillop to score for a 7-4 lead.

Each team added runs in the middle innings, setting the score at 10-6 heading into the top of the ninth. Wiet stayed on the mound, looking for a complete game victory, facing the 8-9-1 batters to start the frame. Those hitters, Feingold, Stefan Sundseth and Weiss each singled, to load the bases.

Middlebury reliever Scooter Scott came in and struck out Ryan Coffee. Julian Sonnenfeld singled through the right side for an RBI. Freres followed, hitting into a potential 4-6-3 game-ending double play, but a fielding error allowed all runners to advance, cutting the Panther lead to 10-8.

Scott was replaced by John Popkowski with the bases-loaded and one out. Giaimo followed with a single through the right side, scoring two more runs, tying the game at 10 apiece. After Popkowski plunked Skinner to re-load the bases, Meadow reached on a fielder’s choice to short, beating out a potential double-play ball scoring Freres from third, giving the Cardinals an 11-10 lead.

In the final frame, Giaimo took the mound and struck out Driscoll to start the inning. The side-arm throwing lefty, who was playing centerfield for Wesleyan, allowed a single to Kelly, before striking out Wark and enticing Baine into a game-ending pop out for his second save.

Middlebury pounded out 18 hits, as every Panther in the lineup earned at least one. Roeder went 4-5 with three RBI, while Driscoll and Michael Morris each went 3-5, as Morris added a double.

Meadow had a big game for Wesleyan, going 3-5 with a single, double and a triple with four RBI. Sonnenfeld was the other Cardinal player with multiple hits, hitting a pair of singles, scoring twice and collecting an RBI.

Wiet went eight innings, allowing nine runs, seven earned, striking out six. Scott (1-1) took the loss for Middlebury, going 0.1 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, as Popkowski finished the game pitching the final 0.2 innings fanning one.

Wesleyan starter Mike Barsotti went four innings, allowing 12 hits, giving up nine runs, four earned. Reliever Jeff Blout (3-2) pitched four innings, allowing one unearned run, as Giaimo picked up the save.

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