De La Cruz goes 3-for-4 with 3 RBI
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team claimed a 9-3 conference victory over Coast Guard Academy in a rain-shortened five inning contest on Wednesday evening at Sidell Stadium.
Lyons' first-year Brady Furdon (Natick, Mass./Natick) completed the final two frames allowing zero runs on one hit, a walk and one strikeout to earn the win (2-2). Junior starter Jared Clement (Wrentham, Mass./Saint Sebastian's) pitched the first three innings and yielded, two hits, three runs (all unearned) and four walks to go with two strikeouts.
Coast Guard first-year Joe Sciliano (Monroe, N.Y.) shouldered the loss over three innings of work, five hits, seven runs (six earned), three walks and a career-high six strikeouts.
Wheaton produced a 7-0 advantage over the first three innings highlighted by a two-run double to center field in the first by senior Tyler Contillo (Uncasville, Conn./Montville) and a three-run double down the right field off the bat of fellow classmate Apolinar De La Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) in the second. The Lyons also scored one run on a balk and another on a fielding error to account for all of seven of their runs over that span.
In the top of the fourth, Bears' first-year Alex Murdoch (San Ramon, Calif.) broke up the shutout with a bases loaded walk and senior Blake Thompson (Liberty Hill, Texas) added two more runs later in the frame on hard-hit single to center. Furdon weathered the storm with a ground out to third to maintain a 7-3 gap on the scoreboard and squander Coast Guard's potential big inning.
Wheaton got two of those runs back in the bottom half on an error and a sacrifice fly to center by junior Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole).
In the fifth, Furdon stranded a run in scoring position with no outs inducing a ground out to third, a fly out to right and another ground out (4-6) with a walk sandwiched in between the second and third outs of the frame.
The game was officially called due to inclement weather after the completion of the fifth inning.
Wheaton (12-6, 6-2 NEWMAC) hosts Salve Regina University tomorrow at Sidell Stadium with first pitch scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Coast Guard (10-5, 3-3 NEWMAC) welcomes WPI to its campus on Friday at 3:30 p.m.