BROCKTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team finally broke through in the sixth inning to score five runs in the final three innings to defeat Emerson College, 5-0, in game one of a three game New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) series Friday afternoon.
The game started as a pitching duel between Dan Southerland and Jack Fox, with both pitchers keeping the other side from scoring through six innings.
Wheaton had shot to break through in the fourth inning, but had it stopped by a strong defensive effort from Emerson.
Chris Ruocco put Wheaton on the board in the seventh with a solo home run to left field. The home run is the fourth of the season by the junior. Matt Cook, who reached on a fielder's choice, came around to score later in the inning on an Emerson error.
Wheaton closed out its scoring in the top of the ninth with three more runs making their way home. Zach Goodwin-Boyd brought in Cook for the first run of the inning with an RBI ground out to short. Cook started the inning by taking a pitch off his body. A fielding error allowed Nick Raposo to score, before a Willy Boyd single scored Jared Sharkey.
Southerland sat the Lions down in order in the bottom of the ninth en route to his first complete game win of the season and third overall win. The junior surrendered just four hits on the day, while striking out seven and walking one.
Wheaton and Emerson return to the field on Saturday, April 15 for a double-header at Sidell Stadium. The first game is set for 12 p.m.