Lyons claim 16th NEWMAC regular season title in the past 17 seasons
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team earned a split against MIT on Saturday afternoon in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader matchup at Briggs Field. In game one, the Lyons fell by an 11-0 score, but bounced back in game two with a 9-4 win.
With the split, Wheaton earns a tie for first-place, at minimum, for the NEWMAC regular season title with MIT. If the Engineers lose its final conference game against Clark next Tuesday, April 21, the Lyons will claim their 16th NEWMAC regular season championship in the past 17 seasons, outright.
MIT 11, Wheaton 0 (Game 1)
Lyons' sophomore Michael Bruemmel (Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater-Raynham) shouldered the loss on six innings pitched, allowing 11 hits, five runs (all earned) and two walks alongside a game-high seven strikeouts.
MIT junior Nicholas Locascio (Naples, Fla./Community School of Naples) scattered six hits, allowed two walks and fanned two batters over 6 2/3 shutout innings to improve to 3-2 this spring. Seniors Rob Bertucci (Belleville, Ill./St. Louis University HS) and K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn./Web School) combined to throw the final 2 1/3 innings out of the pen allowing just one hit.
Sophomore John Drago (Peoria, Ariz./Sunrise Mountain) launched a solo home run to left field in the bottom of the first inning that began the scoring for MIT.
Wheaton had a scoring opportunity in the top of the second frame as senior Apolinar De La Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) sent a double to left center field, while junior Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) worked a walk to put runners on first and third with two outs. Locascio got out the early jam when senior Justin Peluso (North Reading, Mass./Saint John's Prep) flew out to right field to end the inning.
MIT first-year Garrett Greenwood (Edmond, Okla./East Chapel Hill) doubled MIT's lead to 2-0 on an RBI single to left field in the top of the second inning. The Engineers added three more runs in the third and four more in the seventh, before senior Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif./Jserra Catholic) hit his second home run in as many days that put the game out of reach, 11-0.
Wheaton 9, MIT 4 (Game 2)
Wheaton first-year Brady Furdon (Natick, Mass./Natick) picked up his fourth win of the spring (4-2) as he allowed six hits, three runs (all earned) and two walks to go with four strikeouts. Classmate Jimmy Gowen (Brielle, N.J./St. Rose) allowed one earned run out of the bullpen, but senior Mike Bisceglia (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) closed the game with a clean ninth inning to claim the 9-4 conference win.
Sophomore David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif./West Hills) took the loss for MIT on eight hits, three runs (all earned) four walks and four strikeouts.
De La Cruz drilled a two-run double to left field to open the scoring in the first inning, while Furdon allowed just one hit over his first three innings on the hill, before Wheaton struck again for another run in the top of the fourth. In that inning, sophomore Joshua LaJoie (Somers, Conn./Avon Old Farms) lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Peluso for the Lyons third run of the contest.
MIT finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth as first-year Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) crushed his NEWMAC leading ninth home run of the season over the wall in left center field that brought home Drago from second, making the score 3-2.
Wheaton junior Justin Silvestro (Waltham, Mass./BC High) extended the Blue and White's lead in the sixth, with a three-run home run to the deepest part of the park, his first of the season, to make it 6-2.
In the top of the seventh, classmate Jimmy Smith (Worcester, Mass./Saint John's) brought home sophomore Joseph Santigate (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph by the Sea) with an RBI single to center field to increase the gap to 7-2.
Filiere took MIT's offense into his own hands in the bottom half of the frame with his second home run of the contest to cut into the deficit to 7-4.
The Lyons added single runs in the top of the eighth and the ninth, respectively, to account for the 9-4 score. Bisceglia registered two strikeouts in the ninth en route to a 1-2-3 frame and a split in the doubleheader.
Wheaton (20-9, 13-4 NEWMAC) travels to Endicott on Tuesday for a non-conference matchup at 4 p.m., while MIT (16-9, 12-4 NEWMAC) heads to Clark on the same day for its final NEWMAC meeting of the season at 3:30 p.m.