AMHERST, Mass. - The Wheaton College used a nine run first inning to propel themselves past Amherst, 18-8, Sunday afternoon in a non-conference contest at Memorial Field.
First-year Trevor Marques picked up his first collegiate win in his first start for the Lyons, pitching four complete innings, striking out five. Andrew Ferrero got the start and the loss for Amherst giving up four hits, two walks and a hit by pitch to the first seven batters he faced before being taken out.
Wheaton and Amherst traded runs in the second, with Chris Ruocco sending a sacrifice fly to deep center field to plate Tyler Walsh after three Lyon singles and a fielder's choice set up the scoring play. The Mammoths tacked on another run in the second and the fourth inning to cut the deficit to four runs.
A third Wheaton homer in the seventh plated two more runs for the Lyons, before Nick Nardone got in on the action and drove a solo shot over the left field wall in the bottom half of the inning.
The Lyons return to the field on Tuesday, April 11 for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest at Sidell Stadium against the Coast Guard Academy. The game is set for 3:30 p.m.