NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Babson College on Saturday when they claimed 3-1 and 11-3 wins over the Beavers in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) double-header hosted at Sidell Stadium.
Wheaton advances to 15-6 overall and 6-2 in NEWMAC play, while Babson falls to 11-7-1 (3-3 NEWMAC).
GAME 1 (Wheaton 3, Babson 1)
The Lyons marked a two-run lead in the bottom of the first when senior Justin Silvestro singled to center to bring in senior Jimmy Smith. Wheaton closed out the first inning with a single from first-year Tyler Walsh who brought in Silvestro to gain the two-run advantage.
Wheaton tallied their third and final run of the game in the bottom of the third where Smith started the inning off a single to left field. After a stolen base from Smith, senior Matt Lavanchy dished out a single to right to move the runner as Silvestro went on to collect a sac fly that scored in Smith, bringing Wheaton up 3-0.
Babson tallied their lone run of the game in the fourth inning when junior Kevin Murphy pushed through a double to center field to start the inning. Junior Jack Halpin would tally the RBI as he scored in Murphy off a single to right field.
Sophomore pitcher Brady Furdon registered the win for Wheaton as he improves to 3-1 overall, striking out three in his seven innings pitched.
GAME 2 (Wheaton 11, Babson 3)
Wheaton collected another big first inning to start the game when junior Zachary Goodwin-Boyd crushed double down the left field line to score in junior Joshua LaJoie. Senior Mike Beneduce continued the drive for the Lyons when he dished out his own RBI off a single to left field, bringing the score to 3-0.
The Lyons would tally five more runs in the second inning with two outs from three singles, one double and one triple. Leading the offensive drive with a triple was Goodwin-Boyd who placed the hit into right center to bring in Silvestro and Lavanchy.
Wheaton would go on to grab one additional run the next two innings as Babson tried to close the gap in the sixth when Murphy hit a single up the middle to bring in sophomore Adam Ayala. The Beavers would secure one more run in the eighth and ninth, but it wouldn't be enough as the Lyons held on for the win.
Sophomore pitcher Dan Southerland tallied his fourth win of the season and collected eight strikeouts in his six innings pitched.
The Lyons host Fitchburg State on Monday in a non-conference matchup at Sidell Stadium with game time scheduled for 4 p.m.