GAME ONE: Wheaton 19 - Eastern Connecticut State University 6
RECORDS: Wheaton (14-4, 4-0 NEWMAC) - ECSU (9-8)
LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Sidell Stadium)
- The Wheaton College baseball team returned to action Sunday morning for a non-conference contest against Eastern Connecticut State University, which saw the Lyons walk away with a 19-6 win at Sidell Stadium.
- Gavin Reily got the start for Wheaton, pitching four innings, giving up just two runs on six hits, while striking out four. Senior Joe Bongiovanni was credited with his third win of the season after one inning of work.
- The Lyons bats were nearly unstoppable in the win, with the team registering a season-high 22 hits, which included four home runs and three doubles. Senior Jared Sharkey ended the contest with his first multi-home run performance of his career, sending two out of the park. The home runs are Sharkey's team-leading fifth and sixth of the season. Junior Bryant Salkind and first-year Zach Demattio also ended the contest with home runs.
- Sharkey put the Lyons on top 3-0 in the home half of the first with a three-run home run over the fence in left center. The homer picked up Nick Raposo and Jacob Studley.
- Willy Boyd and Studley added two more runs in the bottom of the second with RBI singles to right field. Two more came around in the third with hits by Andrew Manni and Boyd, putting Wheaton ahead 7-0.
- A sacrifice fly from Stephen Quigley in the third scored George Mulcahey giving Wheaton an 8-0 advantage.
- The Warriors finally broke through in the fourth inning with a double to center field from Jack Rich that plated Owen Marica. ECSU cut the deficit in half in the top half of the fifth with an RBI single from Jake LeFevre and a two-RBI single up the middle from Marica.
- Wheaton's offense exploded in the bottom of the sixth with seven runs coming around to score on nine hits and an ECSU error. Raposo started the scoring with a double up the middle that scored two, before back-to-back home runs from Sharkey and Salkind.
- The Warriors added their final two runs of the contest in the top of the eighth, but Wheaton would respond in their half of the inning with four more runs, including a two-run home run from Demattio.
- Hits: Wheaton 22 / ECSU 10
- Errors: Wheaton 2 / ECSU 3
- RBIs: Wheaton 16 / ECSU 5
- Left on Base: Wheaton 7 / ECSU 8
- Walks: Wheaton 3 / ECSU 3
- Strikeouts: Wheaton 4 / ECSU 11
UP NEXT: Wheaton hits the road on Tuesday, April 2 for the final game of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) series against the Pride of Springfield. The game is set for 3:30 p.m.