Baseball Falls 13-7 to No. 18 Southern Maine

Baseball Falls 13-7 to No. 18 Southern Maine

GORHAM, Maine - The Wheaton College baseball team fell 13-7 to No. 18 Southern Maine on Sunday afternoon in a non-conference contest at USM Baseball Stadium. 

The loss drops the Lyons to 21-7 overall, while USM improves to 18-6 on the season. 

Junior Joshua LaJoie ended the day 5-of-6 from the plate with a two runs scored and an RBI, while senior Matt Lavanchy finished 4-for-5 from the plate. 

Jimmy Gowan collected the loss for the Lyons after three innings of work, which saw the sophomore give up four runs on seven hits. 

Wheaton scored first with Zachary Goodwin-Boyd coming into score in the second inning on a foul out to right by Ryan McKeon. Southern Maine responded in the bottom half of the inning, capturing a 2-1 advantage. The Huskies increased their lead to 4-1 in the third inning. 

A sacrifice fly by McKeon in the fourth earned a run back for Wheaton, but Southern Maine once again had an answer in its half of the inning. The Huskies sent five players across the plate on five hits and a Wheaton error to take a 9-2 lead. 

McKeon came in to score in the sixth inning on a LaJoie double to left center, cutting the deficit to 9-3. LaJoie came around moments later on a Goodwin-Boyd RBI single to right center. 

The Huskies ended their scoring in the bottom half of the sixth with four more runs coming across the plate. 

Wheaton managed to score two more in the eighth with LaJoie and Lavanchy coming in on a double to right by first-year Tyler Walsh. The Lyons pushed another run across in the top of the ninth on a single to right by Lavanchy, but that would be as close as Wheaton would get.  

Wheaton returns to action on Tuesday, April 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Sidell Stadium in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest against the Coast Guard. 

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