WORCESTER, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team held on to defeat Clark College 3-2 on Thursday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action at Granger Diamond.
Wheaton improves to 18-6 on the season and 8-2 in NEWMAC play, while Clark falls to 12-18 overall (2-8 NEWMAC).
Junior Michael Bruemmel collected his second win of the season after pitching 7.1 innings, giving up just one run on two hits and striking out six. Senior Eric Dumas earned his league leading 10th save. The save ranks Dumas fourth in all of NCAA Division III in saves.
Wheaton captured the lead early with a single run in the first inning. The run came on an RBI single to right field by Justin Silvestro who knocked in the Lyons leadoff batter Jimmy Smith. Smith started the game with a single to right.
Bruemmel quickly retired the side in the bottom half of the first, allowing the Wheaton offense to get back to work. The Lyons made it a 2-0 game in the second with another Smith single. This time Zachary Goodwin-Boyd came in to score.
The Cougars earned the run back in their half of the inning with an RBI single to center by Adam Chochrek.
Clark earned a run back with two out in the bottom of the ninth, but Dumas took control and struck out the Cougars final batter to end the contest.
Wheaton returns to the field on Friday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m. for game one of its NEWMAC series against Emerson. The Lions will travel to Sidell Stadium for the game.