AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Wheaton College baseball team faced off against another nationally recognized program on Friday evening, falling 8-5 to the #12 Ramapo Roadrunners at the RussMatts Invitational.
The loss drops the Lyons to 5-3 on the season, while the Roadrunners remain unblemished with a perfect 12-0 record.
Junior Michael Bruemmel started on the mound for Wheaton, pitching six complete innings, striking out six, while surrendering eight runs on nine hits.
Ramapo got the scoring started in the bottom of the first inning, beginning with a solo homerun by the leadoff batter. The Roadrunners tacked on two more runs before Wheaton got out of the inning.
The Roadrunners increased their lead to 5-0 in the next inning with two runs on two hits and a Lyon error.
A huge fourth inning pulled Wheaton within a single run of its competitors. With two outs and a runner at first, the Lyons began to take advantage of some Roadrunner pitching miscues. Justin Sellar's started the rally after reaching on a single to the pitcher, which moved Mike Beneduce to second. Sophomore Ryan McKeon was then walked to load the bases. Ramapo's pitcher then walked senior Jimmy Smith, allowing Beneduce to casually stroll home. The walk to Smith was then followed up by a walk to Joshua LaJoie, bringing in Sellar.
Now trailing 5-2, Silvestro singled to right scoring both Smith and McKeon, pulling Wheaton within a single run.
After being held scoreless in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings, the Roadrunners responded in the sixth. All three Ramapo runs came in on a three-run homerun by Bobby Shannon.
Wheaton put in one more solid effort in the ninth. Silvestro found a way on base with a one out, single through the right side. After another Lyon was retired, Tyler Walsh moved Silvestro to second after being walked. Lavanchy then singled to left field allowing Silvestro to come sprinting home. Beneduce walked to load the bases but that would be as close as the Lyons would get to a comeback.
Wheaton returns to the RussMatts Invitational on Saturday, March 19 for a double-header against Rowan. Game one is set to begin at 10:30 a.m. Both games will be seven innings.