Softball edged by Wesleyan
Talia Bernstein '11 homered twice and drove in four runs to lead Wesleyan University to a 10-9 win against Hamilton College in a New England Small College Athletic Conference West Division game at Hamilton's Ferguson Fields on May 1.
Bernstein ended up 4-for-5 with the two homers, a double and a single. She entered the day with a team-best .414 batting average.
Wesleyan (12-19 overall, 6-6 NESCAC West) pounded out 18 hits, including seven for extra bases. The Cardinals swept the three-game weekend divisional series against the Continentals, and scored a total of 34 runs.
Alex Sarkowsky '14 went 4-for-4 with a double and one RBI out of the ninth spot in the Wesleyan batting order. Chrissy Bello '12 cracked her 10th double, singled and drove in four runs. Allee Beatty '13, Sam Epstein '12 and Alexis Kral '12 had two hits each. Beatty stole her 21st base. Dana Levy '12 scored three runs and Tori Redding '13 drove in one. Laura Getchell '14 allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks, and struck out three in 3.2 innings of relief.
Jen Rougeux '14 and Lisa Faraci '13 paced Hamilton with three hits apiece. Faraci had two doubles and one RBI, and Rougeux stole two bases. Leigh Sherrow '11 doubled twice and drove in two runs, and Liz Reid '11 went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Cara Vennari '12 doubled and drove in two runs, and Melissa Kaknis '13 chipped in two hits.
The Cardinals grabbed an early 4-0 lead on one run in the top of the first inning and three in the second. The Continentals thundered back with one run in the bottom of the second and four in the third inning to take a 5-4 lead.
Wesleyan moved back into the lead for good with four runs in the fourth inning. Levy led off the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt. Bernstein followed with a two-run homer to left field for a 6-5 advantage. Epstein doubled to center and went to third on Kral's single down the right field line. Kral stole second base and Matti Peters '13 walked to load the bases. Redding's fly bal to center field scored Epstein, and Kral crossed the plate on a Sarkowsky single.
Hamilton (6-24, 0-12) pulled within 8-7 with two runs in the bottom of the frame, but the Cardinals got those back with single runs in the fifth and sixth. The Continentals made it close with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Amanda Nardi '11 led off with a walk and moved to second base on a ground ball to second. Nardi went to third on a passed ball, and after a walk to Rougeux, scored on a wild pitch. Rougeux stole third with two outs and scored on Faraci's single down the left field line. Getchell recorded the final out on a ground ball to third base.
The season is over for both teams.