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