NORTON, MA- The Wheaton College baseball team won a home opener for the sixth straight season on Tuesday afternoon while collecting its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory of the season, as the Lyons scored 14 of the game's first 15 runs en route to a 14-7 victory over Clark University at Sidell Stadium.
Receiving national votes according to today's D3baseball.com poll, Wheaton, which had its three-game winning streak come to an end, improved to 5-4 overall and 1-3. Clark fell to 8-6 and 1-3.
Sophomore hurler Frank Holbrook (Middletown, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey School) collected his second win in as many starts, surrendering a mere three hits with one earned run in seven innings. He fanned two batters and walked two.
Junior Dan Haugh (Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) paced Wheaton's 14-hit onslaught by going 4-for-4 with four runs and a double. Senior Hadi Raad (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y./Hastings) was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a pair of doubles, while classmate Eric Laliberte (Nashua, N.H./Bishop Guertin) had two hits while driving in two.
Sophomore Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass./Andover) plated two runs, while senior Sean Munley (Ewing, N.J./The Hun School of Princeton), junior Hal Landers (Salem, N.H./Salem) and sophomore Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton) each scored twice. Munley also drew two walks.
For the visitors, who tacked on six runs in the eighth inning, sophomore Andrew LeBlanc (Farmington, Conn./Farmington) was saddled with the loss, yielding six runs, five earned, on five hits with three strikeouts and three walks in two innings. Senior Andrew Agostini (Williamstown, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon School) batted 3-for-5 with two runs and a double, while junior Jeremy Gerber (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Wheaton jumped out in front from the outset with five runs on three hits in the first inning, with Raad delivering the big blow, as he sent a bases-clearing double into the gap in left center. Haugh and Laliberte also had RBI in the frame. After tacking on single runs in the second and third innings, the Lyons scored twice in the fourth before making the score 12-0 courtesy of a three-run sixth before Clark got on the board with a run in the seventh.
The Lyons hit the road on Thursday, as they step out of conference play to take on Endicott College at 3:30 p.m.