NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Wheaton College baseball team defeated the Coast Guard Academy 7-2 Tuesday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest behind strong performances from Joey Santigate and Brady Furdon.
Santigate ended the day 4-for-4 with a double, while driving in two runs. Furdon picked up his fourth win of the season after pitching six complete, striking out four, while giving up two runs on eight hits.
Sophomore Jared Sharkey helped give Wheaton (20-8; 10-3 NEWMAC) a 1-0 lead in the first inning, driving in Josh LaJoie with a single to center. Sharkey came around to score later in the inning on an error by the Bear short stop.
The Coast Guard (12-20; 3-11) cut the lead in half in the bottom half of the inning with a double from Kyle Jackson that scored Jake Behne.
Furdon shutdown the Bears through the next four innings, before Matt Cook and LaJoie put the Lyons ahead 4-1. Cook knocked in Zach Goodwin-Boyd in the sixth with a single to right, while LaJoie brought home Cook later in the inning with a single to right.
Coast Guard earned a run back in the bottom of the sixth with a sacrifice fly from Alex Murdoch that scored Will Stephens.
The Lyons added two more runs in the seventh on an RBI ground out from Goodwin-Boyd, which was followed by Santigate's double. Santigate closed out the scoring in the ninth with an RBI single that plated Cook.
Wheaton returns to the field on Thursday, April 20 at Springfield for a 3:30 p.m. NEWMAC contest.