Lyons' bullpen throws 3.2 innings of scoreless relief
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. – Wheaton College, ranked no.1 in both the NCBWA/D3baseball.com and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper national preseason polls, earned a 3-1 victory over Farmingdale State College in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon.
Junior right-handed pitcher Alec Palioca (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip) fanned five batters in five-and-one-thirds innings, gave up five hits, one run (earned) and three walks for the win. Senior reliever Corey Laliberte (Fall River, Mass./B.M.C. Durfee) shutout the Rams over the next inning and two-thirds before handing the ball over to freshman right-hander Eric Dumas (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) for a pair of outs. Junior closer Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass./Avon Old Farms School) recorded his first save of the season inducing two flyouts and two groundouts to go along with one walk.
Farmingdale State junior right-hander Matthew DeRamo (Smithtown, N.Y./Smithtown West) was dealt the loss on three innings pitched, six hits, two runs (both earned) and one free pass. Freshman right-handed pitcher Alex Weingarten (East Rockaway, N.Y./Lynbrook) yielded one run on three hits in one-and-two-thirds innings of relief.
The Rams opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first inning with three-straight singles, all coming with two outs. Sophomore shortstop Anthony Alvino (Lindenhurst, N.Y./St. Anthony's) singled to left field with a 2-2 count at the plate, freshman designated hitter Dalton McCarthy (Manorville, N.Y./Delaware) followed with a base knock to right center and senior Terrence Bohonan (Patchogue, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) plated Alvino from second base with a single into right field for a 1-0 advantage.
Wheaton evened the contest in the top of the second as sophomore third baseman Justin Peluso (North Andover, Mass./St. John's Prep) drove in senior catcher Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass./Andover) with an RBI single to center field. Sophomore designated hitter Tyler Contillo (Montville, Conn./Montville) and Gusovsky set up the scoring inning with back-to-back singles.
In the bottom half of the frame, the Lyons prevented Farmingdale State from reclaiming the lead by snuffing out a double steal attempt. Senior Eric Wiener (Deer Park, N.Y./Briarcliffe) was tagged out at home on the backend of the baserunning play, 6-2-5-3.
Gusovsky pushed Wheaton ahead, 2-1, in the third roping an RBI single into left-center field scoring senior shortstop Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) from second. Jensen earned a walk with two outs while sophomore first baseman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) singled up the middle before Gusovsky drove in his team-leading fourth RBI of the season.
Farmingdale State put the tying run 90-feet away in two separate innings but the Lyons bullpen held true to maintain its one run lead and hold on for the win. Laliberte spelled a first-and-third situation with two outs in the sixth inducing senior first baseman Ron Remi (Massapequa, N.Y./St. Anthony's) into a groundout. In the eighth inning, Grant got sophomore pinch-hitter Ryan Levine (West Babylon, N.Y./North Babylon) to fly out to right field to squander the Rams scoring threat.
Wheaton added an insurance run in the top of the ninth as sophomore left fielder Kevin Foley (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) scored senior right fielder Paul O'Neill (Framingham, Mass./Framingham) with a run-producing groundout to the catcher.
Gusovsky, Peluso and freshman second baseman Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) all collected two hits in the contest. The Lyons also had three stolen bases coming from Foley, De la Cruz and freshman outfielder Jimmy Smith (Worcester, Mass./Saint John's).
Wheaton (2-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) returns to action on Saturday, March 9 against The College of New Jersey in Winter Haven, Florida at Chain of Lakes Stadium for a non-conference matchup at 6:00 p.m. The Lyons will remain in Florida for their spring break trip until March 17. Farmingdale State (3-6, 0-0 Skyline) will play Brockport State in the SUNYAC-Skyline Challenge on Saturday, March 9 at 1 p.m.