MIDDLETOWN, Conn., April 18, 2006 - Springfield College sophomore first baseman Ryan Hingston (Windsor, Vt.) went 2-for-4 from the plate to up his batting average to .322 for the season, but was the lone member of the Pride lineup with two hits on the afternoon as Wesleyan University shut down the SC bats, beating the Pride, 5-0, in non-conference action in Middletown, Conn.
The scoring began in the home half of the second inning, as Wesleyan (11-11-1) took advantage of two SC errors to build an early, 3-0 lead. In the inning, Cardinal second baseman Dan Poniatowski, shortstop Drew Dominguez, and right fielder Anthony Gray all picked up RBIs.
Then, in the bottom of the fifth inning, Wesleyan tacked on two more runs to increase its lead to 5-0, a lead it would never relinquish. Designated hitter Chris Simpson hit an RBI triple to right field to bring in the fourth Cardinal run, and then center fielder Jesse Leavitt singled through the left side to plate another Wesleyan score.
That would be all the run support Cardinal starter Kit Tholen needed, as the sophomore, making his first career collegiate start, pitched seven complete innings, giving up just three hits and no runs while striking out five and walking just one. Pride starter Robert Smaldone (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) hurled five complete innings, giving up eight hits but just two earned runs as he falls to 1-3 on the season.
Wesleyan has now won its fifth consecutive game this season as it also ended a three-game losing streak to SC. Despite that, the Pride still leads the overall series between the schools dating back to 1906, 59-32.
SC is now 12-15 overall on the season and will next return to New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play as it hosts the Engineers of WPI on Thursday afternoon, April 20th, in a 3:30 p.m. start.