Wheaton Takes Two From Springfield, 11-2 & 13-7

Wheaton Takes Two From Springfield, 11-2 & 13-7

Contillo goes 4-for-8 with three runs and nine RBI in the sweep

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team swept a pair of conference games against Springfield College on Sunday afternoon at Sidell Stadium, as the Lyons won game one by an 11-2 score and game two by a 13-7 score.

Wheaton 11, Springfield 2 (Game One)

First-year Brady Furdon (Natick, Mass./Natick) pushed his record to 3-2 on the season tossing six innings alongside three hits, two runs (both earned), five walks and two strikeouts. The Lyons went on to use four relievers over the remaining frames, which was highlighted by Eric Dumas' (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) appearance in the ninth, his first in a Wheaton uniform since March 15, 2014. Dumas struck out the first batter he faced, and threw ten pitches total (nine for strikes) for a clean ninth inning.

Springfield senior Oliver Collette (Spencer, Mass./St. John's) received the loss on 5 2/3 innings pitched, seven hits, ten runs (six earned), six walks and three strikeouts.

Lyons's senior Tyler Contillo (Uncasville, Conn./Montville) pushed the hosts ahead, 2-0, in the bottom of the first with a single down the left field line that plated sophomore Joshua LaJoie (Somers, Conn./Avon Old Farms) and senior Zach Bombard (Belchertown, Mass./Cathedral).

Pride junior Billy Paskowski (Wappingers Falls, N.Y./Roy C. Ketcham) cut the deficit in half in the second with an RBI ground out to short, but Wheaton answered with five runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to secure the eventual 11-2 victory in game one.

Junior Justin Silvestro (Waltham, Mass./BC High) lifted a sacrifice fly to left field to make it 3-1 before Contillo smacked a three-run double to left center for a 6-1 advantage. Contillo scored the final run of the frame on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the sixth, junior Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) scampered home on a failed pick-off attempt that got by Springfield's first baseman, while Contillo collected his sixth and seventh RBI's of the game with a two-run single through the right side of the infield.

Wheaton relievers Michael Baryski (Walpole, Mass./Walpole), Jordan Jenkins (Scituate, Mass./Norwell) and Dumas went on to throw three-straight scoreless innings, while not allowing a hit, after Corey Wilcox (Montville, Conn./Montville) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the seventh.

Baryski escaped the bases loaded jam for the Lyons in the seventh by inducing a fly out to center and a 4-6-3 double play. Jenkins recorded two ground outs and a strikeout in the eighth and Dumas retired the side in order in the ninth.

Contillo finished game one at the plate with three hits, one run and seven RBI. Contillo's seven RBI is tied for third all-time in program history in a single-game with current assistant coach Dan Gusovsky '13, Dan Haugh '12, and Scott Guillerault '08.

Wheaton 13, Springfield 7 (Game Two)

First-year Jimmy Gowen (Brielle, N.J./St. Rose) improved to 2-0 on the season throwing four shutout innings of one-hit ball alongside zero walks and three strikeouts. Junior starter Jared Clement (Wrentham, Mass./Saint Sebastian's) received the no decision on four innings pitched, eight hits, seven runs (all earned), and two walks. Senior Mike Bisceglia (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) closed out the ninth in a non-save situation.

Springfield junior starter Dan Green (Oakland, N.J./Indian Hills) shoulder the loss over three-plus innings of work, 11 hits, nine runs (all earned) and two free passes. Senior Jon Medici (South Portland, Maine/South Portland) was effective in relief tossing 2 1/3 shutout innings.

Senior Anthony Faggiana (Woodbridge, Conn./Amity Regional) gave the Pride a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-out, two-run single to right field, which drove in juniors Corey Wilcox (Montville, Conn./Montville) and Billy Peterson (Wareham, Mass./Wareham).

Clement got out of the inning with a ground out and then both teams were held scoreless until the bottom of the third when Wheaton rattled off a five-run frame.

In the third, Silvestro roped a two-run single down the right field line to tie the score, while De La Cruz pushed the Lyons ahead, 3-2, with a double down the right field line that plated Silvestro from second base.

Sophomore Zachary Goodwin-Boyd (Florence, Mass./Northampton) followed with a run-producing single up the middle and, later in the frame, senior Justin Peluso (North Reading, Mass./Saint John's Prep) made it 5-2 with an RBI single through the left side of the infield.

Springfield first-year Josh Sabitsky (Milford, Conn./Amity) cut into the deficit in the top of the fourth with an RBI single to right center, that scored Paskowski who doubled with two outs in the previous at-bat, for a 5-3 score.

Wheaton and Springfield went on to exchange back-to-back four-run frames as the Lyons posted a four-spot in the fourth inning and the Pride produced four runs in the fifth.

In the bottom of the fourth, De La Cruz laced an RBI double down the right field line and Goodwin-Boyd notched a run-producing single to right center before Lavanchy capped the scoring in the inning with a two-run single through the right side of the infield.

Springfield responded in the fifth as junior Dan Bergami (Schenectady, N.Y./Schalmont) had a two-run double to left field, while sophomore JP Peters (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) and junior Keith Cotnoir (Westhampton, Mass./Hampshire Regional) recorded RBI ground outs to bring the game within two runs at 9-7.

In the bottom of the fifth, Contillo came up with the big hit for the Blue and White once again, this time with a two-run double to right center that plated De La Cruz and LaJoie. Goodwin-Boyd followed Contillo and promptly crushed a triple to right center for a 12-7 advantage.

The Lyons tacked on another run in the sixth as junior Jimmy Smith (Worcester, Mass./Saint John's) drove in Lavanchy with a single.

Gowen held Springfield hitless over the next two frames before giving way to Bisceglia in the ninth. Bisceglia induced three ground outs, with one hit by pitch and a stolen base in between the first and second outs of the frame, to complete the sweep.

Goodwin-Boyd finished game two going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Silvestro, De La Cruz, Contillo and Lavanchy all compiled two RBI each.

Wheaton (17-7, 11-2 NEWMAC) travels to Coast Guard on Tuesday, April 14 for a conference matchup at 3:30 p.m. Springfield (3-18, 2-10 NEWMAC) visits Brandeis tomorrow for a non-conference game at 3:00 p.m.

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