NORTON, Mass. – Juniors Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) and Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton) each recorded three hits and classmate Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass./Andover) drove in a pair in No. 10 Wheaton College's 8-4 win over Springfield in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball action Wednesday afternoon at Sidell Stadium.
Sophomore Mike McGinnis (Mashpee, Mass./Mashpee) worked seven strong innings to earn his second win of the season for the Lyons (17-3, 9-2 NEWMAC), who have won three of their last four and move to 42-6 all-time against the Pride (10-9, 4-4 NEWMAC). McGinnis tossed six shutout innings before allowing three runs in the seventh.
McGinnis and sophomore Travis Lane (Canton, Conn./Canton) were locked in a pitchers' duel early on before Wheaton broke through with a pair of unearned runs in the third to take the lead. Jensen reached with a one-out single, stole second and moved over to third on an errand throw by the Springfield catcher. Two batters later, Haugh brought him in with an infield single. After freshman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) reached on a fielding error by the second baseman, Gusovsky laced his conference-leading ninth double of the season down the right field line to plate Haugh and give the Lyons a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, freshman Kevin Foley (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) drew a leadoff walk, stole second, and came around to score on a sac bunt by senior Dan Demeo (Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) that was thrown away by Lane. Demeo advanced to second on the throw and scored on a single up the middle by Jensen, pushing the lead to 4-0.
The Lyons broke the game open in the sixth, scoring four times to take an 8-0 lead. De la Cruz started the rally with an RBI single to left. Ryan came in on a wild pitch by senior reliever Adam DeFelice (Avon, Conn./Avon) to push Wheaton's lead to 6-0, followed by a sac fly by Gusovsky that plated Haugh. De la Cruz capped the scoring in the inning when he scampered home on another wild pitch by DeFelice.
The Springfield bats came alive in the seventh as the Pride struck for four runs on five hits to cut the Lyons lead in half. Back-to-back hits by freshman Steve Starr (Lebanon, Conn./Lyman Memorial) and senior Mike Corletta (Westtown, N.Y./Minisink Valley) put runners on first and third, and sophomore Mike McGowan (Franklin, Mass./Franklin) brought in the first run for the Pride with a sac fly to center.
Junior Jordan Wylie (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) relieved McGinnis and promptly surrendered an RBI double by senior Karl Quist (New Preston, Conn./Shepaug Valley) to make it 8-2. Junior Matt Milano (Cumberland, R.I./Cumberland) followed with an infield single to bring in Springfield's third run, and junior Kyle DiFranco (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) lifted a sac fly to center to bring in the fourth run.
Senior David Longley (Brunswick, Maine/Brunswick) came on to work the final 1.1 innings for Wheaton and close out the game. He has now worked 13.1 innings this season without allowing a run. McGinnis, meanwhile, finished his afternoon having allowed eight hits and three runs with three walks and two strikeouts.
"Mike was a sharp as it gets early on," said Lyons head coach Eric Podbelski. "He was consistently at the knees through the first three or four innings. He was getting his secondary pitches over until he lost his feel a little bit in the seventh. They tightened the game up late, but Longley came in and shut them down."
Lane took the loss for Springfield, allowing 10 hits and six runs (three earned) with two walks. Quist finished the afternoon 3-for-4 while sophomore Frank Calabrese (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow) picked up two hits.
The Lyons return to action on Friday when they host Curry at 3:30 p.m. Springfield hosts MIT Friday at 3:30 p.m.