NORTON, Mass. – Senior Jimmy Smith nearly hit for the cycle as a slugfest broke out on Thursday afternoon at Sidell Stadium with the Wheaton College baseball team defeating Salem State 13-10.
The Lyons, who ended the contest with 13 hits, improve to 11-5 on the season. The Vikings slip to 5-9-1 overall.
Smith ended the contest 3-for-5 from the plate, finishing a single short of the cycle, while scoring three times and knocking in three runs. First-year Tommy Larason earned his first win of the season after coming in to relieve Jimmy Gowen in the fourth.
Mike Davis ended the day 3-of-4 with an RBI for the Vikings, while teammate Jose Cedano concluded his day 3-for-5.
Wheaton opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning after Smith legged out a first pitch triple to right field. Smith came in moments later on a knock to the shortstop by Joshua LaJoie. First-year Tyler Walsh brought in LaJoie later in the inning with a two out single through the left side.
With runners in scoring position, Salem State countered in the top of the second, starting with an RBI groundout by Alex Toomey. Andrew Deloury followed that up with a double to left that brought in Mike Davis. After loading the bases with two out, Teghan Malionek hit all three players in with a double down the left field line.
Trailing 5-2, Wheaton had an answer in the bottom of the third with nine runs coming in to score with the Lyons batting through the lineup. LaJoie, Justin Silvestro, Joey Santigate, Ty Calabro, Willy Boyd, and Smith all picked up RBI's in the inning. The highlight of the inning was a three-run homerun off the scoreboard in right field by Smith, who started the inning with a double to right center.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Salem State cut the deficit to 11-8 in the fifth with the help of a Wheaton error and a two-run homerun by Davis.
The Lyons earned a run back in the bottom of the sixth with Silvestro coming around on a hard hit single by Matthew Cook.
A balk by Jared Clement with the bases loaded in the seventh allowed a Viking run to trot home. Salem State picked up another run moments later on an RBI single through the left side by Toomey.
Silvestro led-off the eighth with a solo homerun down the right field line, earning the Lyons a 13-10 victory.
Wheaton returns to Sidell Stadium on Friday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m. for a non-conference match-up against Bridgewater State.