AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Wheaton College baseball team defeated the #13 (NCBWA/D3baseball.com) UW-Stevens Point Pointers, 5-4, in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon in the teams final game of the RussMatts Invitational.
With the win the Lyons improve to 7-3 on the season, while the Pointers slip to 1-3 overall.
The Pointers struck early, plating a run in the top of the first inning when Clint Rose scored on a Lyon error while stealing third base.
Both sides would go four and a half innings without scoring until the Lyons responded with a three run sixth.
With one out, Justin Silvestro found a way on base with a single down the right field line, before being moved to second on a single the opposite way by Mike Beneduce. The duo each moved up a base moments later, courtesy of a wild pitch. That setup a two-RBI double to left field by Tyler Walsh. Walsh was knocked in moments later by Joey Santigate, which handed the Lyons a 3-1 advantage.
The Lyons held the Pointers to just one hit through the following two innings.
With the game on the line, the Pointers found a way to score three runs on three hits and a Wheaton error to take a 4-3 lead. Now forced to complete the ninth inning, the Lyons put together a solid two out rally with the top of the order up to bat.
Jimmy Smith led things off with a walk, before moving to second on a bunt by Joshua LaJoie. Senior Matt Lavanchy moved Smith to third moments later on a ground out to second. With everything on the line, Silvestro singled up the middle, sending Smith home to tie the contest at 4-4. Beneduce followed up the single with a double down the left field line. Silvestro took off from first on the hit and never looked back, racing home and beating the Pointer catcher to the tag.
Wheaton returns to the field on Thursday, March 24 at Bridgewater State. The game is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.