Lyons push overall record to 19-1, improve winning streak to 17-straight
BOSTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team, ranked No. 25 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 25 poll, swept a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games versus Emerson College on Friday evening at Rotch Field.
WHEATON 14, EMERSON 2 (five innings)
Behind an 11-run second inning, Lyons' senior pitcher Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) improved to 9-0 on the season tossing four innings, while allowing five hits, two runs (both earned) and two walks alongside a pair of strikeouts.
Emerson starter Alicia Daniele (Mahwah, N.J./Immaculate Heart) took the loss on one inning, four hits, nine runs (all earned) and six walks.
Wheaton jumped out to an 11-0 lead in the second inning using seven hits which included four doubles. Sophomores Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro), Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) and Marissa Timoteo (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) all had two-run doubles in the frame, while freshman Caroline Fairbanks (Milford, Mass./Milford) notched a two-run single up the middle to highlight the scoring.
In the fifth, the Lyons increased the gap to 14-2 as senior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) smacked a two-run double to left field and junior Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) added a run-producing single to left field.
Wheaton collected ten hits total in the contest with five going for doubles. Hart, Rocha, Timoteo, Fairbanks and Hatch all ended the contest with two RBI apiece.
Freshman Galen Kerr (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle) finished the bottom of the fifth for the Blue and White on two ground outs and a fly out to wrap up the win.
WHEATON 12, EMERSON 10
Trailing 8-2 in the top of the fourth, Wheaton responded with seven runs and eventually held on for the 12-10 victory to improve to 4-0 in the NEWMAC.
Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) picked up the win in relief throwing 3 1/3 innings, allowing five hits, two runs (both earned), no walks and two strikeouts. Baker notched the save in the seventh yielding two hits, one run (earned), two walks and one strikeout.
Daniele suffered the loss again for Emerson on 3 1/3 innings, eight hits, eight runs (seven earned), three free passes and two punchouts.
In the fourth, Hart got the offense going with a two-run triple to left field cutting into the deficit at 8-4. Senior Ashley Brillon (Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) followed with an RBI single through the left side of the infield for an 8-5 margin and Timoteo roped a run-producing single up the middle to make it 8-6.
Fairbanks pushed Wheaton ahead 9-8 with a three-run blast over the right field fence, her team-leading fourth home run of the season.
The Lyons tacked on one run in the fifth on a bases loaded walk and two more in the sixth on a fielder's choice RBI from Timoteo and an infield single by Fairbanks.
Despite allowing single runs over the next two innings, Wheaton held on for the victory escaping a bases loaded one out situation in the seventh with a force at home and a ground out to the pitcher.
Wheaton (19-1, 4-0 NEWMAC) hosts Babson College tomorrow for a doubleheader at Clark Field with game one scheduled for 11 a.m. Emerson (10-7, 0-2) visits Springfield College for a NEWMAC doubleheader tomorrow starting at 12 p.m.