Baseball Drops Two At Wesleyan

April 7, 2012

Wesleyan got outstanding starting pitching from Brett Yarusi and Jeff Blout to complement a ferocious 22-hit attack by the Cardinals over the double-header to take both games against visiting Middlebury, 10-1 (7 inns.) and 10-3 (9 inns.) in a NESCAC West twin-bill. Wesleyan took all three games in the conference series, having won game one on Friday, 5-4.

While Wesleyan hit .349 as a team to sweep today's double-header, Middlebury was held to six hits and a .111 average.  In the first game, Yarusi went six innings, allowing four hits and one run with three strikeouts and four walks.  Wesleyan blew the game open with a seven-run outburst in the third inning. A bases-loaded triple to right-center by Sam Goodwin-Boyd brought in runs five, six and seven in the game and Goodwin-Boyd then scored the eighth on a sacrifice fly to cap the inning and give the Cardinals an 8-0 bulge. Middlebury had the bases loaded twice in the game but managed just one run from the opportunities as Yarusi got a key strikeout to end the threat in the fourth and a double-play grounder in the sixth brought in the only Panther run. Sophomore Alex Kelly had half the Middlebury hits in the game. For Wesleyan, Goodwin-Boyd, Joe Giaimo and Chris Bonti all had a pair of hits as the Cardinals collected eight in the contest.

Wesleyan scored more consistently in the second game, pushing across runs in five of the eight frames, including three in the first to erase a 1-0 deficit. Giaimo's single to center with the bases loaded plated a pair to put Wesleyan ahead for good, 2-1. Giaimo went 2-5 in the game with three RBI, giving him a team-leading 27 on the season. Middlebury used its only hit off starter Blout in the top of the first to get the early lead as junior Tom Driscoll led off with a double, eventually stole third and scored on a ground out to the right side by junior Michael Morris. Blout then went the next six innings without allowing the safety as only three Panthers reached base, one on a walk and two on errors. Two of them were wiped out on a caught-stealing situation and a double-play ball.

Already ahead 6-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth, Wesleyan added another three runs with Kyle Weiss singling in two runs with his safety to left with the bases loaded. Donnie Cimino, who like Weiss had three hits in the game, doubled in the third run of the frame to make it 9-1.  Cimino finished the game with three RBI.  Alex Meadow also enjoyed a three-hit affair for Wesleyan.  

Middlebury got a pair in the eighth off the Cardinal relief staff, using a hit, two walks and two Wesleyan errors to push across a pair of unearned runs.

Wesleyan returns to action in non-conference play Tues., April 10, hosting in-state rival Albertus Magnus.  Middlebury plays again Wed., April 11 in a non-conference tilt at Skidmore.