Wheaton Sweeps Emerson In NEWMAC Doubleheader

Wheaton Sweeps Emerson In NEWMAC Doubleheader

Lyons improve NEWMAC record to 9-2 

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team swept a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader against Emerson College on Saturday afternoon at Sidell Stadium. The Lyons took game one by a 12-3 score, and also won game two, 18-1.

Wheaton 12, Emerson 3 (Game One)

First-year Dan Southerland (Dartmouth, Mass./Dartmouth) picked up his first collegiate win on six innings pitched, three hits, two runs (two earned), a pair of free passes and a game-high five strikeouts. Classmate Cody Kozin (Storrs, Conn./E.O. Smith) and junior Mike Koperniak (Adams, Mass./Hoosac Valley) also pitched shutout innings in the eighth and ninth, respectively, for the Lyons out of the pen.

Emerson junior Jack Capotorto (Brielle, N.J./Communications HS) took the loss over four innings of work, 13 hits, nine runs (five earned), no walks and two strikeouts.

Junior outfielder Malcolm Kelner (Los Angeles, Calif./Oakwood Secondary) gave Emerson an early 2-0 advantage in the top of the first inning with a one-out, two-run single to the left center gap that plated first-year Pablo Feldman (Mill Valley, Calif./Tamalpais) and sophomore Mitch Moormann (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madonna).

Southerland then induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play to keep the deficit at 2-0.

Wheaton responded with five runs on five hits, one error and one runner left on base in the bottom half of the frame and never looked back.

Senior Tyler Contillo (Uncasville, Conn./Montville) tied the game with a two-run double down the right field line, while sophomore Joshua LaJoie (Somers, Conn./Avon Old Farms) pushed the Blue and White ahead, 3-2, with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Classmate Joseph Santigate (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph by the Sea) added an RBI single down the left field line to make it 4-2 and junior Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) capped the scoring with a run-producing double down the right field line.

The Lyons tacked on seven more runs over the course of the game to seal the victory.

Junior Justin Silvestro (Waltham, Mass./BC High) finished 3-for-5 with two runs from the third spot in the lineup, while senior cleanup hitter Apolinar De La Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) went 3-for-5 with one run and two RBI. Contillo, Santigate and Lavanchy also collected two RBI apiece in the win.

Emerson's third and final run of the game came in the seventh as Feldman roped an RBI double down the right field line to bring home first-year Tim Quitadamo (Worcester, Mass./Doherty Memorial) from second with two outs.

Wheaton 18, Emerson 1 (Game Two)

First-year Joe Bongiovanni (Johnston, R.I./Johnston) earned his first collegiate win on five innings pitched, four hits, one run (earned), two walks and three strikeouts. Sophomore Jack Fant (McLean, Va./McLean) tossed three scoreless innings out of the pen along with three punchouts (two looking), while senior Mike Bisceglia (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) closed out the ninth with two strikeouts and a ground out.

Emerson sophomore Cal Laird (Willowbrook, Ill./Fenwick) suffered the loss over 4-plus innings, 13 hits, ten runs (eight earned), three walks and one strikeout.

Wheaton jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead scoring two runs in the first and four runs in the second. In the first, Silvestro had an RBI ground out to short, while De La Cruz lifted a sacrifice fly to center. In the second, seniors Justin Peluso (North Reading, Mass./Saint John's Prep) and Zach Bombard (Belchertown, Mass./Cathedral) produced RBI singles up the middle and Silvestro delivered a run-producing single through the right side of the infield. Bombard also scored on a wild pitch prior to Silvestro's base knock.

Emerson junior Jim Cain (Wakefield, Mass./Malden Catholic) broke up the shutout in the top of the third with an RBI single to left field, but the Lyons answered with 12 runs over the next six innings to clinch the sweep.

Wheaton (15-7, 9-2 NEWMAC) hosts Springfield College in a conference doubleheader matchup tomorrow at 12 p.m. Emerson (0-19, 0-8 NEWMAC) takes on Springfield College at Sidell Stadium on the campus of Wheaton College on Tuesday, April 14 at 3:30 p.m.

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