MANSFIELD, Conn. - Second-seeded Oswego State eliminated top-seeded Wheaton College from the NCAA Division III New England Regional double elimination tournament with a 2-0 triumph on Friday afternoon at Eastern Baseball Stadium.
The Lyons conclude the season with a 31-13 overall record, which marks the 12th time the program has posted 30+ wins in a season, while advancing to the NCAA tournament for the 13th time in program history.
Sophomore Dan Southerland (7-2) started the contest on the mound for Wheaton, pitching seven complete, giving up two runs on six hits, while striking out four and walking none.
Senior Michael Baryski came in to close out the game for the Lyons in the eighth inning, allowing just two hits and striking out one.
Junior Joshua LaJoie led the Lyons at the plate, finishing 2-for-2 with two walks. Zachary Goodwin-Boyd and Ryan McKeon each finished 1-for-3, with Goodwin-Boyd's lone hit coming off a double to right center.
First-year Brian Nolan (6-2) was credited with his second shutout of the year, striking out nine and walking two. Wheaton managed only two hits after the third inning, with Nolan throwing three hitless innings in the middle of the game. He allowed only six baserunners after the third inning.
The Lakers broke out of their tournament hitting slump by scoring twice in the seventh. A leadoff infield throwing error got the inning going before Robert Donnelly, the starting pitcher in his team's tournament-opener, tripled in the first run and leadoff hitter Wes Randall looped an opposite-field single to left to chase in Donnelly with the second run.
Wheaton's best opportunities to score came in the early innings against Nolan. Back-to-back doubles with one out in the second did not produce a run when the Wheaton baserunner got a late jump and was forced to stop at third on Beneduce's double to center.
The Lyons also got back-to-back singles with two out in the third from LaJoie and Matt Lavanchy, but Nolan left the runners at the corners with a swinging strikeout of cleanup hitter Justin Silvestro. In one stretch, Nolan got six of 12 outs via strikeout.