NORTON, Mass. - Last season saw the Wheaton College baseball team capture its 14th New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship after defeating Babson College and earning the top seed in the NCAA Division III New England Regional Tournament.
The Lyons concluded 2016 with a 31–13 overall record—the 12th season with more than 30 wins. The team also advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 13th time. Eric Dumas '16 was named NEWMAC Pitcher of the Year, with a NCAA-leading 13 saves during the regular season. Dumas also became the 13th All-American in Wheaton history.
Head coach Eric Podbelski was named the D3baseball.com and New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) New England Region Coach of the Year. Dumas and Dan Southerland '18 were named to the NEIBA All-New England and American Baseball Coaches' Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-Region First Teams and received D3baseball.com All-New England accolades. Asssistant coach Pete Pasquarosa, was given the NEIBA Kevin Burr Assistant Coach Award.
Shortstop Joshua LaJoie was named to the 2016 NCAA Division III New England Regional All Tournament Team. LaJoie finished the regional tournament with a .545 (6–11) batting average in three games, scoring two times, while collecting his first homerun of the season and walking twice.
The Lyons look to continue on these successes in 2017, once again playing one of the toughest schedules in Division III baseball. This season Wheaton, who were picked as the NEWMAC favorites, will take on 10 teams who are considered the best of the best.
The Lyons will once again head to the RussMatt Invitational where they will play seven games against six nationally recognized programs, including No. 11 Ramapo and No. 17 Washington University (Mo.). Wheaton then returns home to finish the regular season with two games against Southern Maine and one against Endicott, Suffolk and Salve Regina. The Lyons will also host one of the three games they'll play against NEWMAC foe MIT, who are also receiving votes in the national poll.