WORCESTER, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team split its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament double-header against WPI on Saturday afternoon, forcing a game three. The Engineers won the opening game 4-2, before falling 7-4 to the Lyons after 11 innings.
WPI responded with two runs in the bottom of the second, before tacking on two more in the sixth.
Michael Bruemmel started the game for the Lyons, pitching 2.2 innings, striking out six batters, while allowing two runs on six hits. Jimmy Gowan picked up the loss for Wheaton after five complete innings which saw two runs on nine hits.
The second contest started with the Lyons once again taking an early lead, this time with Matt Lavanchy come around to score on a sacrifice bunt by Zachary Goodwin-Boyd in the top of the sixth. The Engineers earned the run back in the bottom half of the inning, making it a 1-1 game.
Wheaton kept its offense going in the seventh with three runs coming across. Smith picked up the first RBI of the inning, knocking in Joey Santigate with a single to left. Ty Calabro came around on a Lavanchy fly out, before Ryan McKeon came in on a single to the pitcher by Goodwin-Boyd.
WPI pulled within a run in the eighth, before tying the game in the ninth on a lead-off homerun by Evan Lacroix.
With the game in extra innings, Wheaton pulled ahead with three more runs in the 11th. McKeon started with inning with a solo homerun to left field. Goodwin-Boyd picked up a set of RBI's to end the inning, doubling to left, allowing LaJoie and Smith to score.
Wheaton and WPI return to action on Sunday, May 1 at 1 p.m. with the winner moving on to the final round of the tournament on May 7-8.