AUBURNDALE, Fla. – Junior Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton) delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the top of the ninth to propel the No. 17 Wheaton College baseball team to their fourth-straight win, a 3-2 triumph over Keene State College in non-conference action Wednesday afternoon at the Central Florida Invitational.
Junior Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass./Andover) delivering the game-tying double in the eighth for the Lyons, who are off to a 4-1 start for the second-straight season heading into this weekend's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) series against MIT, which begins Friday afternoon in Cambridge.
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Haugh led off with a double and was sacrificed over to third by senior pinch hitter Dan Demeo (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury). Gusovsky followed with a double to left that brought in Haugh and evened the score at two.
After the Owls went down 1-2-3 in their half of the eighth, senior Hal Landers (Salem, N.H./Salem) drew a one-out walk for the Lyons in the top of the ninth. He advanced to second on a groundout by junior Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) before Ryan singled through the right side to bring him in.
Sophomore Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) came on to pitch the bottom of the frame for Wheaton. He allowed two runners to reach base before fanning freshmen Chuck Vogt (Windsor Locks, Conn./Windsor Locks) and Ian Seawards (Dover, N.H./Dover) to earn his second save of the season.
Junior Jordan Wylie (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) picked up the win in relief of senior starter Nolan Corr (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas), who allowed five hits and one run with three strikeouts over three innings in his first appearance of the season. After junior Corey Laliberte (Fall River, Mass./Durfee) worked a pair of scoreless innings in relief of Corr, Wylie came on in the sixth and allowed one hit and one run with one strikeout.
Keene State junior Greg Bates (Salem, N.H./Salem) opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a single and came around to score on a single by senior Erik Bergstrom (Enfield, Conn./Encino Fermi), giving KSC a 1-0 lead.
Senior Dan Haugh (Andover, Mass./St. John's Prep) pulled Wheaton even with a leadoff home run in the second, his first of the season and 17th of his career, which gives him sole possession of fifth-place on Wheaton's all-time list.
The Owls pushed across a single run in their half of the sixth to regain the lead at 2-1. Bergstrom led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on an RBI groundout by senior Larry Longo (Londonderry, N.H./Derryfield).
Senior Jeff Pelkey (Fitzwilliam, N.H./Monadnock) started for Keene State and allowed eight hits and one run over 6.1 innings. He walked one and struck out five. Junior Tim Quagliaroli (Windsor Locks, Conn./Windsor Locks) suffered the loss, allowing two hits and two runs in two innings of work.
Ryan, Haugh, Gusovsky, and freshman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) each recorded two hits for Wheaton.
The Lyons and Engineers begin their three-game set Friday at 3:30 p.m. The Owls face Endicott tomorrow at 9 a.m. in Winter Haven.