Lyons knock off No. 23 ranked Kean University, 2-1
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Wheaton College softball team handed three separate teams losses yesterday evening highlighted by the Lyons 2-1 victory over No. 23 ranked Kean University. Wheaton also ousted Hiram, 9-4, and Waynesburg for the second time on its spring break trip by a 2-0 score.
Wheaton 2, No. 23 Kean 1
In a classic pitchers' duel, Wheaton's senior captain Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) came out on top yielding six hits and one run (earned) over seven innings of work. Baker, who did not issue a free pass and also struck out three batters, improved to 4-0 on the season with the complete game effort.
Trailing 1-0 from the second inning on, the Lyons took advantage of a two errors in the sixth inning to claim a 2-1 lead headed into the top of the seventh. Senior Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) knocked in the go-ahead run with sacrifice bunt which scored sophomore Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln).
Baker made quick work of Kean's lineup in the seventh recording a 1-2-3 inning on a ground out and a line out to third and another line out to second base.
Wheaton 9, Hiram 4
Junior Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) bumped her record to 3-0 op the year on 4 1/3 innings, nine hits, one run (unearned), zero walks and two strikeouts.
Wheaton's offense scored three runs apiece in the third, fifth and seventh innings to secure its second win of the day on 14 total hits.
In the third, freshman Morgan Walsh (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) roped a bases clearing double to the left-center gap plating senior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth), Brillon and Hart to take a 3-1 lead.
Freshman Caroline Fairbanks (Milford, Mass./Milford) and senior Ashley Vertente (Fairhaven, Mass./Fairhaven) added RBIs in the fifth, while Brillon laced a two-run single to left-center and Rocha added a sacrifice fly to center in the seventh to highlight the scoring.
Wheaton 2, Waynesburg 0 (resumed from 3/12)
The Lyons and Jackets resumed play after their game was postponed on March 12 in the top of the fifth with one out. Wheaton entered the contest with a 2-0 lead after Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) notched an RBI single to center and Walsh brought home a runner with a base knock to left in the fourth.
Berardi earned her first victory of the season in the circle with a complete game, three-hit shutout and a career-high seven strikeouts. The game went through two rain delays before being postponed and made up on the following day.
Wheaton (8-1) concludes its spring break trip to Winter Haven, Fla. today against Catholic at 5 p.m.