WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Wheaton College baseball team dropped its third consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Sunday afternoon, as the Lyons wrapped up their spring trip with a 9-5 loss at Chain of Lakes Park.
Entering today's action ranked 18th in the country by D3baseball.com, Wheaton is now 4-4, while the Engineers stretched their winning streak to six games to improve to 6-1.
Senior Tad Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H./Holderness School) was Wheaton's lone multiple hitter, going 2-for-5, while juniors Dan Haugh (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) and Hal Landers (Salem, N.H./Salem) and sophomore Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton) each doubled. Landers and Ryan also scored once and plated a run. In addition to Skelley's two base knocks, seven different Lyons recorded a hit.
Junior hurler Nolan Corr (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) allowed six earned runs on 11 hits in his first appearance of the season, fanning one while walking another in six-plus innings. The Lyons used three relievers, including freshman Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass./Avon Old Farms School), who set down all four batters he faced with one strikeout.
Engineer senior Ryne Barry (Phoenix, Ariz./Thunderbird) and junior James McKinney recorded three hits apiece, with McKinney plating a pair of runs and stealing two bags. Senior Brian Doyle (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) and junior Bryan Macomber (Los Altos, Calif./Los Altos) smacked two hits each, freshman Jonathan Rea (Palo Alto, Calif./Henry M. Gunn) scored four runs, while junior A.J. Hansborough (Deltona, Fla./Deltona) drove in three.
MIT junior Chris Vaughan (Forth Worth, Texas/Arlington Heights) tossed four shutout innings of three-hit ball in relief with one strikeout to collect the win. Freshman starter Kiel Jindra (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino) gave up five runs, including two earned, while scattering six hits with four strikeouts and a walk.
The Engineers filled up the line score with two runs in the first, seventh and eighth innings and single runs in the fourth through sixth frames. The Lyons picked up a run in the first and four more in the fifth, which provided them with their lone lead of the game.
Trailing 4-1 heading into the home half of the fifth, the Blue and White used three hits coupled with an MIT error to score four runs and take a 5-4 edge. Landers, Ryan and senior Sean Munley (Ewing, N.J./The Hun School of Princeton) each had an RBI. MIT knotted the game on a Doyle RBI in the sixth before retaking the lead for good on a Hansborough groundout the following inning.
Wheaton returns north to host league foe Clark University on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.