Lyons push winning streak to six-straight
LAKE WALES, Fla. – Wheaton College junior outfielder Tyler Contillo (Montville, Conn./Montville) ripped a two-run single off the first base bag to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the seventh inning to help the Lyons, ranked No. 11 in the latest D3baseball.com national poll, claim their sixth-straight victory with an eventual 4-3 win over Thomas More on Wednesday afternoon at Warner University.
Wheaton junior left-handed reliever Mike Bisceglia (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) picked up his first win of the season throwing 1 2/3 shutout innings out of the pen. Sophomore starter Jared Clement (Wrentham, Mass./Saint Sebastian's) was handed the no-decision but registered a quality start going 5 1/3 innings, yielding four hits, one run (earned), one walk and a strikeout.
Classmate Eric Dumas (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) turned over three ground balls in the eighth including an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play for the hold, his fourth of the season. Senior closer Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass./Avon Old Farms) collected his fifth save in as many tries striking out two batters in the ninth.
Thomas More sophomore Brandon Humphrey (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) was tagged with the loss on 6 2/3 innings, eight hits, four runs (all earned), three walks and a game-high five strikeouts. Freshman Ken Ruberg (Cincinnati, Ohio/LaSalle) turned in a solid effort out of the pen pitching 2 1/3 innings of hitless ball to go along with one walk and a strikeout.
The Saints opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as senior Cody Makin (Cincinnati, Ohio/Elder) lifted a sacrifice fly to left field plating junior Craig Hyson (Cincinnati, Ohio/McNicholas) for an early 1-0 advantage. Hyson singled to left field with one out before advancing to third on a base knock to left center by senior Travis Miller (Erlanger, Ky./St. Henry) to set up the RBI opportunity for Makin.
Clement and Humphrey held both offenses at bay until the seventh inning when Wheaton finally broke open the shutout with a four-run frame. With runners on first and second, Bisceglia scored the game-tying run from second base after sophomore Jimmy Smith (Worcester, Mass./Saint' John's) beat out an infield single to first which also forced a throwing error allowing all three runners to advance a base.
Contillo followed by pulling a first-pitch offering off the first base bag to drive in sophomore pinch-hitter Justin Silvestro (Waltham, Mass./BC High) and Smith for a 4-1 lead.
In the bottom of the ninth, Thomas More scored twice to bring the game within one, but Grant stranded the game-tying run at second on a strikeout swinging to wrap up the win.
Wheaton (6-0) plays No. 8 ranked Cortland State tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla. at Lake Myrtle Field #3. Thomas More (2-3) takes on Suffolk University tomorrow at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Auburndale, Fla. at 2:30 p.m. The Saints, who are receiving votes in the D3baseball.com national poll, had knocked off a pair of Top-20 teams entering today's contest against Wheaton.