YORK, Pa. (Baseball) – The third-seeded Wheaton (Mass.) Lyons defeated sixth-seeded Elizabethtown Blue Jays, 8-6, in game three of the 2017 NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Regional at PeoplesBank Park in York.
Wheaton (24-14) opened the scoring with two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning for a 2-0 lead.
The Lyons continued their offensive efforts in the second inning with back-to-back triples by Willy Boyd and Chris Ruocco. Josh LaJoie then popped out to right field for a sacrifice fly, scoring Ruocco for a 4-0 lead.
Wheaton added a run in third to extend its lead to 5-0.
Elizabethtown (27-16) threatened in the fourth inning with two on and no outs, but the Blue Jays failed to score a run. But in the sixth inning, the Blue Jays loaded the bases again with no outs, and Brian Portillo hit a bases-clearing double to cut the deficit to 5-3.
The Lyons extended their lead to 8-3 in the sixth inning with three runs on three hits, including a two-run home run by Zach Goodwin-Boyd over the centerfield wall.
The Blue Jays added one run, while stranding two, in the eighth inning to cut the deficit to 8-4.
In the top of the ninth inning, Elizabethtown loaded the bases with no outs. The Blue Jays walked in a run and then drove in a run to cut Wheaton's lead to 8-6.
But that was as close as Elizabethtown would get.
The Lyons' Mike Bruemmel earned the win with five-innings pitched and six strike outs.
The Blue Jays' Kevin Elwell suffered the loss with six-innings pitched and five strike outs.
Wheaton advances to the winner's bracket and will face the winner of No. 2 Shenandoah and No. 7 SUNY Maritime Friday at 7:45 p.m.
Elizabethtown falls to the loser's bracket and will face the loser of Shenandoah and SUNY Maritime Friday at 1:15 p.m.
*story courtesy of the Mid-Atlantic Conference