Baseball Wins Seventh Straight; Defeat Nichols 5-4

Baseball Wins Seventh Straight; Defeat Nichols 5-4

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College baseball team picked up its seventh straight win Monday afternoon after defeating visiting Nichols College 5-4 at Sidell Stadium in a non-conference contest.

The game was the second meeting of the season between the Lyons (19-8) and Bisons (15-12), with each team earning a victory. Nichols won the first match-up 9-6 in extra innings at the beginning of the season. 

Sophomore Tommy Larason collected his fifth win of the season, pitching seven complete innings for the Lyons, giving up just one run on four hits, while striking out two. Junior Joe Bongiovanni, who came in in the ninth, collected his second save of the year. 

Adam Rigney picked up the loss for the Bison, pitching 5.1 innings, surrendering four runs on five hits, while striking out just one. 

Nichols took a 1-0 lead in the first with Nick Roy coming around to score on a sacrifice fly to right by Christian Naccari. The Bison held onto the lead through five innings with Rigney sitting the Lyons down in order in three out of the five innings. 

Wheaton finally broke through in the sixth, plating four runs on four hits and a Bison error. Nick Raposo got things started with an RBI single that scored Chris Ruocco. Ruocco, who led off the inning with a walk, made his way to second on a bunt single from Josh LaJoie, before moving to third on a sacrifice bunt from Matt Cook

Jared Sharkey knocked in LaJoie moments later with an RBI single up the middle, before an error by the Bison third baseman allowed Raposo to come home. With one out and the bases loaded, senior Joey Santigate brought in the final run of the inning with an RBI ground out. 

Roy cut the Bison deficit in half in the eighth with a solo home run to right field. Wheaton earned the run back in the bottom half of the inning with a bases loaded, RBI single to third from Willy Boyd

The Bisons made a comeback attempt in the ninth, starting with an RBI ground out from Andrew Doll. A Roy single allowed Xavier Quinones to score later in the inning, pulling Nichols within a single run. Bongiovanni retired the next batter to end the contest in Wheaton's favor. 

Wheaton returns to the field on Tuesday, April 18 for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) road game at the Coast Guard Academy. The game is set to begin at 3:30 p.m. 

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