Walk-off Double Lifts Baseball Over Springfield in Extra Innings

Walk-off Double Lifts Baseball Over Springfield in Extra Innings

NORTON, Mass. - A walk-off double to center from Jared Sharkey lifted the Wheaton College baseball team past visiting Springfield College Thursday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Sidell Stadium. 

With the game tied 3-3 in the bottom of the 12th, Zach Goodwin-Boyd reached on a two-out double to center, setting up Sharkey for the game winning RBI.

Springfield (10-8; 4-3 NEWMAC) started the game with a two run first inning, capturing a 2-0 lead on a single to right center that plated Mark Joao and Chad Shade.

Wheaton (15-8; 6-3 NEWMAC) earned a run back in the bottom of the first with Josh LaJoie coming around to score on a single to left from Sharkey. LaJoie started the inning with a single to center. Tyler Walsh tied the game in the bottom of the second after scoring on a single from Matt Cook

The Lyons took their first lead of the game in the next inning with Goodwin-Boyd coming around to score on an RBI ground out from Walsh. 

Both teams settled into a defensive battle with the Lyons holding a slim, 3-2, advantage into the ninth. Facing a 0-2 count, Brandon Drabinski got around on a pitch from Wheaton starter Brady Furdon, sending it over the fence in left field to tie the game. 

Wheaton was unable to counter in the bottom of the ninth, sitting down in order. Joe Bongiovanni came in to replace Furdon in the 10th and retired the first three batters he faced. Wheaton managed to put two runners on base in the bottom of the 10th, but was unable to send any home. Wheaton had another opportunity to score in the 11th with a runner at third, but a run down, followed by a ground out ended the inning. 

Furdon pitched nine complete innings for the Lyons, striking out nine, while giving up three runs on seven hits. Bongiovanni, who collected his second win of the season, completed three innings, striking out three, while holding the Pride hitless. 

Shawn Babineau also pitch nine complete, giving up three runs on seven hits of his own for the Pride. Jack Weinberger collected the loss for Springfield after 2.2 innings of work. 

Wheaton returns to the field on Friday, April 14 at Emerson College for a 3:30 p.m. NEWMAC contest. 

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