Wheaton outlasts Endicott in 14 innings, 8-7

Wheaton outlasts Endicott in 14 innings, 8-7

BEVERLY, Mass. - Senior Dan Haugh (Andover, Mass./St. John's Prep) drove in the game-winning run in the 14th inning to give No. 10 Wheaton College an 8-7 win over Endicott College in non-conference baseball action Thursday afternoon at North Field.

Freshman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) went 5-for-7 with two RBI as the Lyons (9-1) won their longest game in nearly five years to extend their winning streak to nine games. The last time Wheaton played 14-or-more innings was on May 16, 2007, when it edged Curry College 7-6 in 16 innings.

The Lyons took a one-run lead into the ninth (4-3) and a two-run lead to the 11th (6-4), only to see the Gulls rally to tie the score both times. In the 14th, a pair of Endicott errors allowed the Lyons to take a 7-6 lead. Junior Justin Connor (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) reached on an error to start the frame and scored when Endicott's pitcher couldn't handle a ball off the bat of junior Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham). Jensen then stole second, moved to third on a single by junior Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton), and scored on Haugh's RBI groundout.

Endicott refused to go quietly in its half of the 14th, placing runners on first and second with no one out. Wheaton head coach Eric Podbelski called on sophomore Nick Filloramo (Rochester, Mass./Old Rochester) to record the final three outs. Filloramo struck out sophomore Tad Gold (Martha's Vineyard, Mass./Martha's Vineyard Regional) for the first out of the inning, but the runners moved up 90 feet on a third-strike wild pitch. Senior Josh Halsey (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) followed with a fly ball to left that brought in the Gulls seventh run of the afternoon before Filloramo got junior Ralph Fidaleo (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Warde) to pop up to end the game.

Haugh, De la Cruz, and junior Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass./Andover) each drove in two runs for the Lyons while Ryan went 5-for-6. Jensen went 4-for-8 with two doubles, four runs and two stolen bases.

Sophomore Mike McGinnis (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee) worked the first seven innings on the bump for Wheaton and allowed four hits and three runs (two earned). He walked two and struck out three. Junior Jordan Wylie (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) earned the win in relief, working 2.2 innings of no-hit ball. The save was Filloramo's first of the season.

Wheaton opened the scoring with an RBI single from De la Cruz in the first. In the third, Haugh and senior John Keating (Duxbury, Mass./Duxbury) each recorded RBI singles as the Lyons built a 4-0 lead. Endicott pushed across one in the third and two in the fifth to cut its deficit to 4-3, then tied the game in the ninth on a two-out RBI single by sophomore Taylor English (Barre, Vt./Spaulding) off Wheaton sophomore closer Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames).

In the 11th, an RBI single by De la Cruz and a run-scoring double by Gusovsky gave Wheaton a 6-4 lead, but an RBI single by freshman Harry Oringer (Dartmouth, Mass./Coyle Cassidy) and a sac fly  by Eric Lemke (Southington, Conn./Southington) evened the score at six.

The two teams combined to use 17 pitchers - 11 for the Gulls and six for the Lyons. Senior Rich Yutkins (Billerica, Mass./Billerica Memorial) took the loss as he allowed the winning run in the 14th.

The Lyons return to action on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. contest at Coast Guard. The Gulls travel to Dudley, Mass. for a doubleheader at Nichols on Saturday, beginning at noon.