Softball Falls To Wesleyan, Still Takes Series 2-1
April 3, 2011
Wesleyan topped Middlebury 8-0 in five innings in softball action on Sunday afternoon to avoid the series sweep. The Panthers (9-3 overall and 2-1 in NESCAC West) took two games on Saturday over the Cardinals, to ensure the series victory.
Wesleyan (7-11, 1-2 NESCAC) took a 3-0 lead three batters into the game. Following a bunt single by Allee Beatty and a four-pitch walk to Dana Levy, Chrissy Bello launched a towering drive to left that just made it over the fence for her second round-tripper of the year. The home run was the first allowed by the Middlebury pitching staff this season, and the three runs were the first allowed by Middlebury starter Alexa Lesenskyj this year.
The Cardinals made it 4-0 in the second on a two-out home run by Levy, her second of the year. Wesleyan added two more runs in the third off Panther reliever Elizabeth Morris, who had held the Cardinals to one run on three hits in three innings of relief during Saturday's first game. A one-out double by Matti Peters scored Talia Bernstein, who led off with a single. Following a groundout, Tori Redding blooped a single inside the right-field line to score Peters.
The final two runs came on a trio of doubles in the fifth. Alexis Kral drove a ball to the gap in right-center to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a groundout. Sam Epstein ripped a ball down the left-field line to score Kral, and Redding followed with a double to the wall in right-center that plated pinch-runner Alex Sarkowsky with the Cardinals' eighth run.
Wesleyan’s Laura Getchell, making her fourth career start, cruised through five innings, allowing only two hits, both to Panther Megan Margel, and one walk to pick up her first career victory. She retired the side in order in the second and fifth innings, marking the first time this season Middlebury has gone 1-2-3 in multiple innings in the same game. Lesenskyj took the loss for Middlebury, falling to 2-1.
The Cardinals have gone 14 divisional series without being swept, the last team to sweep Wesleyan in a NESCAC West series was Middlebury, which swept a twinbill on April 15, 2006, part of a 10-game winning streak by the Panthers against their divisional foe. That also marked the last series victory by Middlebury over Wesleyan prior to this weekend.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday as Middlebury hosts a double-header against Rensselaer while Wesleyan hosts a pair against Western Connecticut State.