No. 11 Baseball Earns 18th Regular Season Title; Split Day Against MIT

No. 11 Baseball Earns 18th Regular Season Title; Split Day Against MIT

GAME ONE: No. 11 Wheaton 2 - MIT 19

RECORDS: Wheaton (26-8, 14-2 NEWMAC) - MIT (17-14-1, 9-7 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Sidell Stadium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • The Wheaton College baseball team returned to its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) series against MIT with the Engineers earning a 19-2 win. 
  • Wheaton, who managed just six hits, was led by a 2-for-4 performance from Jacob Studley and Jared Sharkey
  • First-year Griffin Young got the start for Wheaton, picking up his first loss of the season after giving up just three runs on six hits in six innings of action. 
  • The Engineers were led by a 4-for-6 performance from Alec Kushner and Thomas Allison, while Matt Johnston finished 3-for-5 with a walk. 
  • Zack Kopstein was credited with his third win of the season after 6.1 innings, giving up just two runs on five hits. 
  • The Engineers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, starting with an RBI single to second from Johnston. The final run of the inning came in on a Wheaton error that allowed Jared Schwait to score. 
  • Wheaton finally found an answer in the top of the sixth with Nick Raposo knocking in Stephen Quigley on a sacrifice fly to left. Sharkey followed with a single to center that sent Brody Ashley racing in from second. 
  • MIT took the lead back for good in the bottom half of the inning. Leading 3-2, the Engineers plated three runs with an RBI single to right from Tony Rice, which was followed by a two-run home run from Allison. 
  • The Engineers ran up the score in the eighth, plating 13 runs on just five hits, and two Lyon errors, making it a 19-2 contest. 

 THE BASICS:

  • Hits: Wheaton 6 / MIT 15
  • Errors: Wheaton 5 / MIT 1
  • RBIs: Wheaton 2 / MIT 14
  • Left on Base: Wheaton 7 / MIT 8
  • Walks: Wheaton 1 / MIT 8
  • Strikeouts: Wheaton 3 / MIT 11

GAME TWO: No. 11 Wheaton 6 - MIT 0

RECORDS: Wheaton (27-8, 15-2 NEWMAC) - MIT (17-15-1, 9-8 NEWMAC)

LOCATION: Norton, Mass. (Sidell Stadium)

THE RUNDOWN:  

  • Wheaton returns to action for the final game, which saw the Lyons earn a 6-0 win and clinch their 18th NEWMAC Regular Championship. With the win, Wheaton will be the No. 1 seed heading into the NEWMAC Tournament which is scheduled to begin next week. Wheaton will take on the winner of the No. 5 Springfield/No. 4 MIT game on Friday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m. at Sidell Stadium.  
  • Zach Demattio ended the contest 2-for-5 with four RBI, while Willy Boyd finished 1-for-2 with a pair of walks. 
  • John Mikosz earned his sixth win of the season after 8.1 solid innings that saw the sophomore surrender just three hits while striking out nine. 
  • Schwait, Andrew Krause, and Allison each collected a hit in the loss. Travis Hank earned the loss after giving up four runs in the top of the first. 
  • With one out, Studley singled up the middle before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Raposo followed with a walk before a walk to Sharkey loaded the bases. With the bases juiced, Demattio hit his first career grand slam over the fence in left. 
  • Wheaton ended the scoring in the second inning, plating two runs on three hits and an Engineer error. A double down the left field line scored Boyd who led off the inning with a bunt single. Sharkey doubled to right a few batters later, allowing Ashley to score from third. 

 THE BASICS:

  • Hits: Wheaton 7 / MIT 3
  • Errors: Wheaton 1 / MIT 3
  • RBIs: Wheaton 6 / MIT 0
  • Left on Base: Wheaton 8 / MIT 4
  • Walks: Wheaton 6 / MIT 1
  • Strikeouts: Wheaton 8 / MIT 10

UP NEXT: Wheaton returns to action on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. at Sidell Stadium for a non-conference contest against Western New England. VIDEO / LIVE STATS