Perhaps the title reads a bit cheesy, but how else can you describe a team that went on to sweep Hamilton this past weekend and tie the longest win streak in program history through shining moments like the three-run homer off the bat of Jill Gately ’15 in the second game of the series?
Not surprisingly, given their streak, Wesleyan Softball executed some other pretty impressive achievements throughout their current streak, including the honor of NESCAC Player of the Week awarded twice to Allee Beatty ‘13. Though Beatty couldn’t reel in the distinction for the third time in a row and sweep the title from the season’s start, Susan Pardo ’16, one of Wesleyan’s freshest young talents, carried the team to their first receipt of NESCAC Pitcher of the Week this season. With Pardo’s brilliance on the mound, racking up 24 strikeouts and a three-hitter over the weekend, such an accolade seems the first of many in her career.
This afternoon, Wesleyan has a chance to break the longest win streak in program history against Coast Guard at 4:30 p.m. at home, and follows up with a double header this Saturday against Williams at home as well. Though Softball in 40 degree weather has always bewildered me as a southerner, I’d encourage everyone to lend their support to the team as they close in on this historic moment. Speaking of streaks, Beatty, too, looks to continue a streak of her own from the batter’s box, currently standing at 17 consecutive games hitting. More impressive stats and WesPregame’s interview with Allee Beatty ’13, one of Wesleyan Softball’s senior captains for the 2013 season, after the jump!
Next Game: Today (Wednesday, April 3rd)
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Softball Field (adjacent to Freeman)
In a wonderful twist of fate, the Men’s Varsity Soccer team has received a bid to the NCAA DIII Championship. Although the team lost to Amherst College 1-0 this past weekend in the NESCAC Semifinals in Wiliamstown, their performance this year has been enough to rocket them into the national competition. Amherst (15-0-2) took the NESCAC Championship this year, beating Williams (13-1-3) in the final game 2-0. Both teams will be going to the NCAA DIII Championships as well as Tufts—making for a strong NESCAC representation.
The first game will be against Haverford College (12-0-7), winner of the Centennial Conference, on Nov. 10th at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA.
The opportunity came as a real surprise to the team. Whether the team would snag the bid was completely up in the air, but in the end the judges deemed them worthy of a spot. Coach Geoff Wheeler told Wesleyan’s sports broadcasting service, WesPregame, that the team won the chance because of schedule strength. Although the Cardinals’ record is 9-4-3 (less impressive than, say, Williams’ record of 13-1-3), their ties and losses were against highly ranked teams, something the powers-that-be took into consideration when determining the NCAA’s Pool C.
If you missed Wesleyan Football’s home game against Hamilton College this past Saturday (it was pretty overcast and rainy), you can check out this highlight reel of the game. The Cardinals won 34-14, crushing Hamilton in an epic second half where they came back from the 7-6 deficit. New running back Kyle Gibson ’15 was named NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his impressive 244 rushing yards on 35 carries. He also scored a touchdown in the 3rd quarter. You can read more about it here.
For those of you who would prefer to watch the highlights instead of reading about them, definitely check out the video; it was produced by WesPregame, a service that connects students, parents, and alumni with athletics on campus. They have a live show every Monday night at 9PM. You can find out more about WesPregame (and follow more sports!) at WesPregame’s Facebook and Twitter.
Whether you’re a current student, an alum, or a very enthusiastic parent, WesPregame is making it easier than ever for you to be in the loop about Wesleyan athletics. WesPregame is a sports broadcasting program provided by IMS that “provides rich, interactive Wesleyan content on game days that will be broadcasted live on the internet and throughout campus.” (This is according to its website.)
Started by Michael Yoshida ’13 and Lionel Nyange ’12 a few years back, WesPregame has already generated plenty of football coverage and commentary, available on its Youtube channel. It will be expanding its reach this year to include basketball in the winter and men’s lacrosse in the spring. Nyange writes in:
We designed WesPregame as a program that would cover all things athletic at Wes, from club sports to varsity, giving our audience an inside look at what makes athletics at Wesleyan unique and great. WesPregame is rapidly advancing towards our dream of covering all things sports at Wesleyan.