Baseball Takes Down #19 Rutgers-Camden 4-2

Baseball Takes Down #19 Rutgers-Camden 4-2

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Wheaton College baseball team picked up an impressive 4-2 victory over #19 Rutgers-Camden on Wednesday afternoon in the RussMatts Invitational. 

Wheaton improves to 5-1 on the season, while the Scarlet Raptors fall to 5-2. Rutgers-Camden is ranked 19th in the nation according to the latest Collegiate Baseball rankings. 

Sophomore Jimmy Gowen started on the mound for the Lyons, pitching 5.2 innings, striking out two batters and surrendering the Scarlet Raptors only two runs. Jordan Jenkins collected the win for the Lyons after a solid inning of work. Senior Eric Dumas came in in the ninth inning to preserve the win, earning his fourth save of the season. Justin Gallagher and Jared Clement also saw time on the hill. 

Matt Lavanchy was strong at the plate for Wheaton, finishing the contest 3-of-5 with two RBIs. Junior Justin Sellar ended his day 2-of-3 with a walk, while Mike Beneduce was 2-of-4 with a walk and a run scored. 

Wheaton made the first move, taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning with Joshua LaJoie coming around to score on an RBI single to left field by Zachary Goodwin-Boyd.

Beneduce came in to score the Lyons net run in the third inning after a double down the right field line by Lavanchy.

Trailing 2-0, the Scarlet Raptors knotted up the game in the bottom half of the inning. Jon Theckston knocked in the first run with a single to left field. The final run of the inning came in moments later due to a pitch that made its way past Sellar's. 

The Lyons recaptured the lead in the top of the seventh after another RBI from Lavanchy. The senior tripled to right field, sending in Goodwin-Boyd.  Wheaton tacked on its final run in the ninth courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Goodwin-Boyd. The junior left fielder hammered a shot to center, allowing enough time for Justin Silvestro to come home. Silvestro led-off the inning with a double to right. 

The Lyons return to the field on Thursday, March 17 at 12:45 p.m. for a contest against #15 Washington (Mo.). 

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