Baseball Posts 20 Runs to Split Springfield Series

Baseball Posts 20 Runs to Split Springfield Series

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team shutout the Springfield Pride in second contest of the two sides New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double-header on Saturday afternoon to split the day at Berry Allen Field. The Pride won the opening game 5-2, while the Lyons picked up a 20-0 win in the nightcap.

With the split the Lyons are now 12-6 on the season and 3-2 in the NEWMAC. The Pride move to 7-10-1 overall and 1-4 in conference action. 


GAME ONE
A grand slam in the bottom of the fourth inning by Kyle Allen proved to be the difference maker for Springfield in the opening contest.

Wheaton scored first with a single run in the top of the third courtesy of an RBI single to second by Jimmy Smith.

Following the grand slam, the Lyons cut the 4-1 deficit in the seventh, plating a run on a wild pitch with the bases loaded. The Pride managed to earn the run back in the bottom half of the inning. 

Dan Southerland picked up his first loss of the season, pitching 6.2 innings, while striking out and walking four. Matthew Cook ended the game 2-for-2 from the plate, scoring once and walking once.


GAME TWO
Wheaton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning, on RBI singles from Joshua LaJoie and Zachary Goodwin-Boyd, before scoring three more in the top of the fourth and fifth to take a 5-0 lead. 

The Lyons added five more in the top of the sixth and one in the top of the seventh to make it a 11-0 contest. They then tacked on seven in the eighth inning to take a commanding 18 run advantage. Wheaton then added two more in the ninth to push its lead to 20-0 before the final out.

Tyler Walsh ended the game 5-of-6 from the plate, earning a career-high four RBI, while scoring three times. Senior Mike Beneduce was 3-for-5, while Smith, Goodwin-Boyd and Justin Silvestro finished 2-of-5.

Junior Michael Bruemmel earned his first win of the season after pitching seven complete innings, striking out nine.


UP NEXT

Wheaton returns to action on Tuesday, April 5 with a single NEWMAC contest at Clark. The game is set for 3:30 p.m. 

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