Lyons 5-2 in conference play
BABSON PARK, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team split a conference doubleheader with Babson College on Saturday afternoon at Govoni Field. The Lyons won game one, 3-1, but fell to the Beavers in game two by an 8-3 score.
Wheaton 3, Babson 1 (Game One)
Sophomore left-hander Michael Bruemmel (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) improved his record to 2-0 on the season yielding four hits and one run (unearned) over eight innings pitched alongside one walk and a game-high six strikeouts. Senior closer Mike Bisceglia (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) claimed his conference leading sixth save with a clean ninth.
Babson senior starter Barrett O'Neill (Ashland, Mass./Dexter School) took the loss on eight innings pitched, nine hits, three runs (two earned), three walks and five strikeouts.
Wheaton manufactured its first run of the game in the third inning via small ball. Sophomore Joshua LaJoie (Somers, Conn./Avon Old Farms) led off the frame with a single to right field and then advanced to second on a base knock by junior Justin Silvestro (Waltham, Mass./B.C. High). After senior Apolinar De La Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) reached on a fielder's choice, which advanced LaJoie to third but retired Silvestro at second, classmate Tyler Contillo (Uncasville, Conn./Montville) plated LaJoie with a sacrifice bunt (3-4) to make it 1-0.
In the fifth, De La Cruz smacked an RBI single to left center to bring home LaJoie, who doubled to right center to begin the inning, for a 2-0 advantage. De La Cruz eventually came around to score later in the frame on a passed ball.
Babson got on the scoreboard in the seventh via an unearned run on a dropped fly ball, but Bruemmel halted any further damage with a strikeout swinging to end the inning. Bruemmel went on to toss a 1-2-3 eighth, while Bisceglia struck out one batter in his 1-2-3 ninth.
Babson 8, Wheaton 3 (Game Two)
Junior starter Nick Ahearn (Norfolk, Mass./Xaverian Brothers) pushed his record to 2-1 overall in the second game of the doubleheader by throwing 106 pitches total (72 for strikes) to salvage the split against the Lyons. Ahearn went eight innings, yielded 11 hits, three runs (two earned) and a pair of walks to go with six strikeouts. First-year Brett Ender (Skillman, N.J./The Hun School) gave up one hit and walked one batter in the ninth.
Wheaton first-year Dan Southerland (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) shouldered the loss on 3 2/3 innings pitched, four hits, four runs (three earned), two walks and three strikeouts. Jordan Jenkins (Scituate, Mass./Norwell), who was one of six relievers used in game two, was effective out of the pen tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
Babson took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second as Ender launched a two-run home run to center field, his first of the season.
Wheaton evened the score in the top of the third on an RBI double to left center by LaJoie and a run-producing single off the bat of De La Cruz.
In the fourth, the Beavers pushed two more runs across home plate on a RBI single through the right side of the infield by sophomore Owen Shea (Northborough, Mass./Saint John's) and a fielding error.
Junior Mike Beneduce (North Kingstown, R.I./Moses Brown School) got a run back in the seventh with a sacrifice fly to right field, but Babson compiled four runs over the next two innings to take game two. First-year infielder Adam Ayala (Franklin Lakes, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) highlighted the scoring for the Beavers with a two-run single down the left field line in the eighth.
LaJoie went 4-for-7 with four runs, three doubles and one RBI, while De La Cruz and Silvestro also picked up four hits, respectively, in the doubleheader split for the Lyons.
Babson (9-8, 5-3 NEWMAC) will host Coast Guard Academy on Monday, April 6 at 3:30 p.m. before Wheaton (11-6, 5-2 NEWMAC) takes on the Bears at home on Tuesday, April 7 at 3:30 p.m.