AUBURNDALE, Fla. - The Wheaton College baseball team earned its first win of the season with a strong 8-2 performance over St. Scholastica (Minn.) Sunday morning in game three of the RussMatt Invitational at Lake Myrtle Park.
Brady Furdon got the start and the win for the Lyons, striking out eight and surrendering just four hits in seven complete innings. First-year Paul McGeehan and Jimmy Gowen both came in in relief with Gowan closing out the game with three strikouts in 1.1 innings of work.
Martin Alcoverde took the mound for the Saints, facing 24 batters in six complete innings, striking out 13.
After two scoreless innings, Wheaton struck first with Ruocco coming in to score on a sacrifice fly by first-year Nick Raposo. With one out and two strikes, Ruocco reached after beating out a slow dribbler to short.
Furdon continued to roll, allowing just two hits through the following three innings, while sitting down six.
Wheaton took full advantage of a new pitcher in the seventh, breaking the game wide open with six runs on five hits. Justin Sellar, who came in to pinch hit, got the offense started after drawing a walk. Ruocco knocked in the senior moments later with a double down the left field line, before coming around on a triple to left center by Josh LaJoie. Matt Cook kept the scoring going with a single up the middle that brought in LaJoie.
An error moments later put Raposo on first and allowed Cook, who moved to second earlier on a wild pitch, to score. A Tyler Walsh single and walk to Joey Santigate loaded the bases, setting up Sharkey for a two RBI single to right.
After giving up a run in the bottom of the seventh and eighth, the Lyons earned one of them back in the ninth. Sharkey knocked in the run with a double to right field, scoring Bryant Salkind, who took first after being hit by the ball.
Wheaton returns to the field at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 13 against Ramapo.