Lavanchy launches first home run of the season
NORTON, Mass. – Sophomore Kyle Kasprzyk (East Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) struck out five hitters in a complete-game effort to guide the Wheaton College baseball team to 7-1 conference victory against Emerson College on Friday evening at Sidell Stadium.
Kasprzyk scattered four hits and allowed one run (unearned) and issued zero walks on 83 pitches (63 strikes) to improve his record to 4-0 on the season. Kasprzyk rolled over 15 ground ball outs, which included a 6-4-3 double play in the second, and recorded 14-straight outs to end the game.
Emerson junior Steven Cameron (Lansdale, Pa./North Penn) shouldered the loss on five innings pitched, three hits, three runs (all earned), six walks and one punchout.
Tied 0-0 in the fourth inning, Wheaton junior Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) broke open the scoreless contest with a line drive, three-run home run off the scoreboard in right field for a 3-0 lead. Lavanchy's first home run of the season scored senior Justin Peluso (North Reading, Mass./Saint John's Prep) and sophomore Zachary Goodwin-Boyd (Florence, Mass./Northampton) in the frame after Peluso reached on a fielder's choice and Goodwin-Boyd worked a walk before eventually scoring.
Emerson cut the deficit to 3-1 in the bottom half of the inning as senior Zach Dean (Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach) notched an RBI single through the right side of the infield to plate sophomore Mitch Moorman (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna) from third base. Moorman led off the frame with a single down the left field line, and advanced to third on a throwing error before crossing home plate.
The Blue and White tacked on two more runs in the sixth and the eighth innings, respectively, to close out the victory over Emerson.
In the sixth, Wheaton pushed across a run on a wild pitch and a Joshua LaJoie (Somers, Conn./Avon Old Farms) sacrifice fly to deep left field. In the eighth, senior Zach Horton (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) scampered home on a wild pitch and junior Justin Silvestro (Waltham, Mass./BC High) drove in a run on a single through the right side of the infield.
Kasprzyk only allowed one runner into scoring position from the fifth inning on and also recorded eight ground outs during that span as well.
Wheaton (13-7, 7-2 NEWMAC) hosts Emerson (0-17, 0-6 NEWMAC) tomorrow in conference doubleheader action with game one scheduled for 12 p.m.