WORLD SERIES: #6 Wheaton Falls to #2 UMass.-Boston

WORLD SERIES: #6 Wheaton Falls to #2 UMass.-Boston

APPLETON, Wis. – The Wheaton College baseball team wrapped up its 2017 season Saturday evening with a 3-2 loss to UMass.-Boston in the 2017 College World Series at Fox Cities Stadium at Neuroscience Group Field. 

The Lyons season comes to a close with a 27-17 overall record and the program's third trip to the NCAA World Series. The Lyons concluded the regular season with a share of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Regular Season title, before earning an at-large bid to the Mid-Atlantic Regional. Wheaton won the region with a thrilling 1-0 win over Shenandoah. 

Wheaton took an early lead 1-0 lead in the first with an RBI single to left center from senior Zach Goodwin-Boyd that knocked in junior Matt Cook. The Beacons countered in the top of the second courtesy of a sacrifice bunt from Anthony Searles. 

Cook handed the lead back to the home team in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice fly to center. Junior Chris Ruocco came home on the play after slipping past the catcher. 

The Beacons Chris Fowler knotted the game at 2-2 with a solo shot to left-center in the fourth. Neither team would plate another run until the eighth inning when the Beacons Josh Lopez came around to score on an RBI single to left field from Nick Herzog. 

Junior Brady Furdon pitched seven complete innings for the Lyons, striking out four, before being replaced by junior Joe Bongiovanni and first-year Paul McGeehan

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