AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Wheaton College baseball team picked up its third consecutive win Wednesday afternoon, defeating No. 12 Washington University - St. Louis, 4-1, at the RussMatt Invitational inside Mickey Etherton Stadium.
Joe Bongiovanni got the start for the Lyons, pitching 6.1 innings, giving up six hits and one run, while striking out four. Also seeing time on the mound were Jimmy Gowen and Trevor Marques. Marques, who replaced Gowan in the bottom of the ninth, picked up his first career save after striking out two.
John Howard earned the loss for the Bears after giving up three of the Lyons four runs, after pitching six complete innings.
Joey Santigate ended the game 3-for-4 from the plate with a run batted in, while first-year Nick Raposo ended the game 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Senior Josh LaJoie ended the day 2-for-5 from the plate with a run scored.
Wheaton wasted no time getting things started with LaJoie leading off the top of the first with a single down the left field line. The Lyons went on to load the bases with one out a few batters later with a single to center that moved both Raposo and Jared Sharkey. The Bears were able to avoid any damage after turning a double-play on the next Lyon at bat.
Washington Univ. retaliated with two hits of its own in the bottom half of the inning, but solid defensive work by the Lyons ended the inning.
The Lyons finally got on the board in the fourth with a double to right by Zach Goodwin-Boyd that knocked in Sharkey. Wheaton tacked on another run in the sixth, making it a 2-0 game, with Goodwin-Body picking up another RBI. This time the senior outfielder grounded out to the pitcher with the bases loaded, allowing Raposo to score.
Wheaton ended the scoring in the seventh starting with an RBI single up the middle by Raposo. Then with two outs, and runners at the corners, Santigate singled through the right side, bringing in LaJoie.
The Bears were able to earn a run back in the bottom half of the inning with the help of a Lyon error.
After a scoreless eighth inning, Marques took the mound for the Lyons, where after walking the first batter he faced, he settled into a groove, striking out back-to-back batters, before Santigate caught the lead-off stealing to end the contest.
Wheaton returns to action in the RussMatt Invitational on Thursday, March 16 at 9:15 a.m. against UMass.-Boston on Field 7.