Southerland Pitches Complete Game in 2-0 Win Over Rowan

Southerland Pitches Complete Game in 2-0 Win Over Rowan

AUBURNDALE, Fla. - Sophomore right hander Dan Southerland earned a complete game win on Saturday afternoon, helping lead the Wheaton College baseball team past Rowan University 2-0 at the RussMatts Invitational. 

The win moves the Lyons to 6-3 on the season, while the Owls fall to 6-9 overall. 

Southerland pitched seven complete innings, allowing just three hits, while striking out seven. 

Senior Jimmy Smith ended the game 2-for-3 from the plate with two runs scored, while Matt Lavanchy ended his day 2-for-3 with an RBI. 

Wheaton plated its first run in the bottom half of the first inning with Joshua LaJoie knocking in Smith. Smith led off the inning with a triple to center field, which was promptly followed up by a sacrifice fly to left by LaJoie. 

The game turned into a pitching dual during the next four and a half innings with Southerland surrendering just one hit along the way. 

Smith came around to score the Lyons final run of the game in the sixth inning, after a double down the right field line by Lavanchy. Smith started the inning with a single up the middle and moved to second on a bunt by LaJoie. Lavanchy then stepped up to the plate and traded places with Smith. 

Wheaton and Rowan were scheduled to play another seven inning contest approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first, but were forced to cancel the game due to rain. There is no make-up date. 

Wheaton returns to action on Sunday, March 20 for its final game of the RussMatts Invitational. The Lyons will take on UW-Stevens Point at 10:30 a.m. The Pointers are currently ranked 13th in the nation according to the NCBWA/ poll. 

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