#10 Wheaton Opens NEWMAC Play With 9-4 Win Over Clark University

#10 Wheaton Opens NEWMAC Play With 9-4 Win Over Clark University

Gusovsky goes 3-for-4 with two runs scored

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team, ranked no.10 overall in the latest D3baseball.com national poll, opened up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 9-4 victory over Clark University on Saturday afternoon at Sidell Stadium.

Senior right-handed pitcher Frank Holbrook (Middletown, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey School) improved his record to 3-0 overall on the season scattering six hits over six innings. Holbrook yielded one run (earned), three walks and struck out five batters. Freshman Eric Dumas (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) extended his scoreless innings streak to eight-and-one-thirds innings fanning two batters in a clean seventh inning. Classmate Steve Consiglio (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) whiffed one hitter in a 1-2-3 eighth for the Lyons.

Clark senior Andrew LeBlanc (Farmington, Conn./Farmington) suffered the loss on four innings pitched, eight hits, seven runs (six earned), three walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore reliever Taylor Serrano (Essex, Conn./Xavier) shutout Wheaton over the final two innings of the game.

Senior designated hitter Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton) gave the Lyons a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a sacrifice fly to center field. Sophomore Zach Bombard (Belchertown, Mass./Cathedral) extended the gap to 2-0 in the next half inning with an RBI single up the middle plating senior catcher Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass./Andover) who led off the frame with a double to right-center field.

Wheaton broke the game open in the fifth with a four-run inning highlighted by a two-run double down the left field line from sophomore Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical). Third baseman Justin Peluso (North Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep) drove in a run on an RBI ground out and Bombard capped the scoring with a run-producing single down the right field line.

The Cougars cut into the deficit in the sixth as freshman James Conway (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport) brought home junior Brian Sullivan (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) with an RBI ground out to short. Sullivan led off the inning with a triple to center field.

De la Cruz added another RBI double in the bottom half of the frame and Gusovsky drove in his only run of the contest with a sacrifice fly to right field scoring Ryan. Clark made it 9-4 with a three-run ninth inning on three runs, two hits, one error and one runner left on base.

Wheaton (6-4, 1-0 NEWMAC) hosts Clark University (4-10, 0-4 NEWMAC) for a doubleheader at Sidell Stadium with game one scheduled for 12:30 p.m.