#1 Baseball Outlasts TCNJ, 9-6

#1 Baseball Outlasts TCNJ, 9-6

Contillo knocks in a game-high three RBI's 

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Wheaton College baseball team, ranked no.1 overall in the latest D3baseball.com national poll, defeated The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), 9-6, in non-conference action on Saturday night at Chain of Lakes Park. 

Senior right-handed pitcher Frank Holbrook (Middletown, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey School) bumped his record to 2-0 overall on the season scattering seven hits over seven-and-one-thirds innings, yielding one run (earned) and three walks. Junior right-handed closer Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass./Avon Old Farms) notched his second save in as many appearances recording two outs in the ninth. 

Senior righty Robert Graber (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Ramapo) was dealt the loss on six-and-one-thirds innings pitched, eight hits, nine runs (all earned), four walks and three strikeouts. 

In the bottom of the third inning, Wheaton broke a scoreless contest with five runs on five hits, no errors and one runner left on base. Junior right fielder Kevin Foley (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) successfully dropped down a sacrifice bunt to third base to move freshman center fielder Jimmy Smith (Worcester, Mass./Saint John's) and junior third baseman Justin Peluso (North Andover, Mass./St. John's Prep) into scoring position to jumpstart the scoring. Senior shortstop Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) followed with a two-run double down the left field line to make it 2-0. 

After senior designated hitter Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton) singled home Jensen from second base, sophomore first baseman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) ripped a double down the right field line for a 4-0 advantage. Sophomore left fielder Tyler Contillo (Montville, Conn./Montville) capped the scoring with an RBI groundout. 

The Lyons added one run in the fifth and three runs in the seventh highlighted by a two-run single to center field from freshman second baseman Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole)

Down 9-1 in the top of the ninth, TCNJ scored five runs on six hits and two errors forcing Wheaton to go to its closer with the potential tying run on deck. Grant entered the contest with runners on first and second base and one out in the frame. The junior right-hander struck out the first batter he faced looking, allowed an RBI single to sophomore third baseman Jake DeWitt (Florence, N.J./Florence Twp.) and induced a groundout to the end the game. 

Wheaton (3-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) takes on Webster College tomorrow at Lake Myrtle Park in a non-conference matchup at 6:00 p.m. TCNJ (1-3) plays Keene State College on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.