NEW LONDON, CT- The sixth-seeded Wheaton College softball team's season came to a close on Saturday, as the Lyons narrowly fell to regionally-ranked Wellesley College, the fourth seed, 3-2 during a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament loser's bracket game at the United States Coast Guard Academy.
Wheaton completed its spring at 20-18, while Wellesley advanced to play in a 4:00 p.m. semifinal contest. Now 27-8, the Blue is ranked sixth by the New England Intercollegiate Softball Coaches Association (NEISCA).
Sophomore Amanda Poplaski (North Reading, MA/North Reading) finished 2-for-3 for the Lyons, who totaled three hits, while senior Andrea Bagley (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro) yielded two earned runs on six hits during a complete-game effort in her final contest in a Wheaton uniform. She struck out two and walked three.
Senior Megan Wood (Jacksonville, FL/The Bolles School) notched the win for Wellesley while hitting a tie-breaking home run in the sixth inning. Wood did not allow an earned run in addition to fanning four and walking two. Freshman Samantha Spiga (Perth Amboy, NJ/The Lawrenceville School) finished 3-for-3.
Poplaski came around with the initial run in the top of the first on a two-out miscue, but the Blue knotted the game on a Wheaton error in the second. Wellesley plated an unearned run in the third for a 2-1 edge, but Lyon junior Marissa Hobocan's (Shelton, CT/Saint Joseph) infield single with one down in the fifth brought home classmate Katy Salka (Ayer, MA/Ayer).
However, Wood led off the sixth with a solo blast, and the Lyons stranded the tying run on second base in the visiting half of the seventh inning.