NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team completed the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) sweep of Clark University Wednesday afternoon with a 9-3 win over the visiting Cougars at Sidell Stadium. Wheaton defeated Clark 14-2 earlier in the season.
Sophomore Tommy Larason picked up his third win of the season after pitching six complete innings, giving up three runs on four hits, while striking out one. Conor Walsh suffered his first loss of the season for Clark, giving up seven runs on eight hits, while striking out five.
Clark (17-6; 2-4 NEWMAC) got things going in the second inning with a two-RBI single down the left field line by Chris Dibble. The single knocked in Zach Kelley and Tyler Hutchinson, who both reached on walks.
Wheaton (11-6; 3-1 NEWMAC) countered in the third, starting with a well placed bunt down the third base line from Matt Cook that moved Josh LaJoie and Chris Ruocco. A throwing error by the Cougars on the play gave Ruocco time to make his way home. With one out and the bases loaded, Tyler Walsh moved the runners with a ground out to second that knocked in LaJoie. Zach Goodwin-Boyd ended the scoring with a single through the right side that sent both Cook and Jared Sharkey home.
The Cougars cut their deficit to one with a solo home run over the fence in left field from Adam Chochrek. Joey Santigate responded in the bottom half of the inning with a solo shot of his own that mirrored Chochrek's. Cook knocked in two more runs for the Lyons later in the inning with a double down the right field line. Ty Calabro and Ruocco scored on the play.
Calabro picked up an RBI of his own in the seventh with a single to left, while a triple to right center from Nick Raposo added another Wheaton run in the eighth.
Cook ended the afternoon 4-for-5 from the plate, while Goodwin-Boyd, Santigate and Calabro were each 2-for-4.
Chochrek and Dibble both ended the contest 2-for-4 for the Cougars.
Wheaton returns to Sidell Stadium on Friday, April 7 for a 3:30 p.m. NEWMAC contest against Babson College.