Recently, the infamous Andrus Field fence came up again to mark the beginning of
softball baseball season. It was last spotted during football season, its presence forgotten as easily as crushing Hamilton.
But it is back.
This fence stretches the entire length of the field’s sides, making the bottom of Foss Hill only a right angle away from Olin. This causes multiples issues. The fence is too tall to be jumped without some form of difficulty and it contains no gates to pass through. Students are obligated to walk around the fence to get to Usdan, a considerable detour.
The least the fence overseers could do is put in a gate or some way to get through the fence. And before someone makes a retort about laziness, let me remind you of how kind the weather is being to Middletown. The winds are bone-chilling and the temperature stuck on repeat since December. I’d like to spend the least amount of time outside when I walk from Point A to Point B.
So, if anyone reading this can help, please do.
Wesleyan softball became the first team other than Tufts or Williams to win a NESCAC title this afternoon with a 10-1 win over Bowdoin at Williams. Wes also defeated Tufts (the four-time defending NESCAC champion) 13-3 and Bowdoin 12-6 en route to its first conference championship and just the fifth in school history (joining 2009 men’s lacrosse, 2005 men’s soccer, 1987 golf, and 1984 women’s cross country).
Wes had two cracks at Bowdoin today, but the Mainers wouldn’t go down easily. Wes held a 2-1 lead in the first game, but Bowdoin rallied with four runs in the 6th for a 5-2 win, setting up the winner-take-all game 7. After two scoreless innings, Wes scored eight times in the bottom of the 3rd for an 8-0 lead. Meaghan Dendy ’10 got it started with a one-out double and scored on an error on a grounder hit by Tori Redding ’13. After a flyout, Talia Bernstein ’11 and Dana Levy ’12 singled and Sam Epstein ’12 walked to load the bases for Taylor Zavadsky ’10, who absolutely crushed a ball over the fence in left for a grand slam. Redding later singled home two more runs to give Wes an eight-run lead. The Cards made it 10-0 on a two-run home run by Epstein, her school-record sixth of the season, in the 4th.
Also in the records department, Dendy picked up her school-record 39th career win today and has also set the seasonal RBI (34) and career hits (185) marks, and Bernstein now holds the seasonal doubles record (11). As a team, Wes has already eclipsed the program records for hits (376), runs (263), RBI (220), doubles (66), and home runs (21).
NCAA tournament pairings will be announced at noon Monday, but Wes is likely headed to Rhode Island College (one of eight regional host sites). Check out ncaa.com or the Wesleyan website for the latest.
Congratulations to Wes softball, which won its second straight NESCAC West title with a sweep at Hamilton over the weekend. Wes also clinched a share of the Little Three title–after winning it outright last year–thanks to Williams’ doubleheader sweep of Amherst. Meaghan Dendy ’10 had two of the Cardinals’ three wins in the series–including a 2-0 shutout in the first game, which she also led off with a home run–and Talia Bernstein ’11 went 7-for-8 in yesterday’s doubleheader to raise her average to .454.
Wes plays Bates on Friday in its first game of the NESCAC tournament (Wes was the ’08 runner-up). All of the games will likely be webcast by JumboCast. Go Wes!