Lyons Defeat Bears in NEWMAC Battle

Photo by Nina Kenny
Photo by Nina Kenny

NORTON, Mass. - The Wheaton College baseball team took a 10 run lead through four innings en route to a 13-7 defeat of the United States Coast Guard Academy Tuesday afternoon at Sidell Stadium in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. 

Wheaton improves to 14-8 overall and 5-3 in the NEWMAC while the Bears drop to 11-6 overall and 3-7 in conference action.

Tommy Larason got the start and the win for Wheaton, pitching 5.3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits, while striking out three. Sophomore Dan Finn (1-2) went the first four innings for Coast Guard and took the loss.

Casey Twomey's three-run double highlighted a four-run first inning as the Lyons took a 4-0 lead. Zach Goodwin-Boyd drilled a three-run homer over the fence in dead center in the second, giving Wheaton a comfortable 7-0 lead after two complete.

The Bears trailed 10-0 when Timbo Duncan hit a two-run shot to get Coast Guard on the board in the fifth. Junior Zach Serna had an RBI double before senior Brendan McNeil's RBI single pulled the Bears to within 10-4 in the sixth inning. Sophomore Jake Behne's two-run single in the seventh made the score 10-6.
Wheaton added an insurance run in the seventh before Chris Ruocco's two-run homer in the eighth gave the Lyons a 13-6 lead.

Josh LaJoie and Ty Calabro finished the game 3-for-4 from the plate with an RBI a piece. 

Behne would have an RBI single in the ninth for Coast Guard to close the scoring.

Wheaton returns to the field on Thursday, April 13 for a single contest at 3:30 p.m. at Sidell Stadium. 

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