Baseball Opens NEWMAC Play With 13-5 and 9-3 Win Over CGA

Baseball Opens NEWMAC Play With 13-5 and 9-3 Win Over CGA

GAME ONE: Wheaton 13 - Coast Guard 5

RECORDS: Wheaton (6-7, 1-0 NEWMAC) - Coast Guard (5-3, 0-1 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: New London, Conn. (Nitchman Field)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • Senior Brady Furdon picked up his first win of the season after pitching five complete for Wheaton, striking out six, while walking four and giving up just one run on two hits. Joe Bongiovanni and Jimmy Gowen came in in relief, each pitching two innings with Bongiovanni striking out two and Gowen sitting down three. 
  • Junior Willy Boyd finished 2-for-5, which included his first career home run, finishing with three runs scored and one RBI. Nick Raposo ended the game 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI's while coming around to score three times. 
  • After two scoreless innings, the Lyons went to work in the third, plating five runs on just three hits and two Coast Guard errors. The scoring started with a bases loaded, two-RBI single to center field from Bryant Salkind that brought in Boyd and Chris Ruocco. Salkind stood at first for a matter of seconds before a triple to center from Jared Sharkey brought the sophomore home. A single to left field from Trevor Marques allowed Sharkey to score moments later. 
  • Wheaton tacked on another run in the fifth inning with Ruocco coming around to score again, this time on a double to center from Marques. The Coast Guard got on the board in the bottom half of the inning, making it a 6-1 contest. 
  • Boyd added another run to the Lyons scoreline in the sixth with a home run to right field, which was followed by a sacrifice fly from Marques in the seventh that plated Raposo. 
  • Trailing 8-1, the Bears put three runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh on a bases-loaded double to center. 
  • Wheaton earned the runs back, plus one, in the eighth, starting with an RBI single to center from Matt Cook. Raposo brought in the next two Wheaton runs with a double to center that scored Cook and Ruocco. Raposo was the final runner to cross home, coming around on a single to center from Salkind. 
  • Both teams scored a run in the ninth, ending the game 13-5. 

THE BASICS:

  • Hits: Wheaton 13 / Coast Guard 7
  • Errors: Wheaton 2 / Coast Guard 5
  • RBIs: Wheaton 11 / Coast Guard 4
  • Left on Base: Wheaton 6 / Coast Guard 8
  • Walks: Wheaton 4 / Coast Guard 4
  • Strikeouts: Wheaton 8 / Coast Guard 11

GAME TWO: Wheaton 9 - Coast Guard 3

RECORDS: Wheaton (7-7, 2-0 NEWMAC) - Coast Guard (5-4, 0-2 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: New London, Conn. (Nitchman Field)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • Senior Dan Southerland picked up his second win for the Lyons after pitching five innings, striking out eight, while walking two and giving up just two runs on six hits. Gavin ReilyZach Pipa, and John Mikosz each pitched one inning in relief with the three combining for just one run with four hits.
  • Chris Ruocco went 5-4, finishing with two runs while Trevor Marques went 3-2 and finished with one run and two RBI's. Bryant Salkind went 5-2 with two runs late in the game.
  • After two innings with no runs scored, Nick Rapaso opened up the game with a double to right field, allowing Ruocco and Ryan McKeon to cross home plate. 
  • The Lyons found help from Willy Boyd in the top of the fourth who homered to right center, picking up an RBI in the process. Boyd would score later in the sixth after Matt Cook flied out to center field. 
  • Coast Guard managed to score in the bottom of the sixth making it 5-2, but would then concede three runs over two innings to the Lyons. The Bears were able to score in the bottom of the ninth, but weren't able to rally as the Lyons finished the game off 9-3.

THE BASICS:

  • Hits: Wheaton 13 / Coast Guard 7
  • Errors: Wheaton 13 / Coast Guard 7
  • RBIs: Wheaton 11 / Coast Guard 4
  • Left on Base:  Wheaton 6 / Coast Guard 8
  • Walks: Wheaton 4 / Coast Guard 4
  • Strikeouts: Wheaton 8 / Coast Guard 11

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to NEWMAC action on Tuesday, March 27 for a single game at Springfield. The game is set for 3:30 p.m. VIDEO / LIVE STATS