#23 Wheaton, Wellesley Split NEWMAC Doubleheader

#23 Wheaton, Wellesley Split NEWMAC Doubleheader

Lyons walk-off with victory in game two

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team, ranked No. 23 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top 25 poll, split its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader with Wellesley College on Friday afternoon at Clark Field. The Blue took game one by a 4-1 score, while the Lyons rebounded in game two with a 6-5 triumph.

WELLESLEY 4, WHEATON 1

Wellesley senior Lindsay Johnson (Bellingham, Wash./Sehome) hurled a complete game alongside four hits, one run (earned), zero walks and a game-high six strikeouts to improve to 8-4 on the season.

Wheaton junior Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) shouldered the loss on four innings, seven hits, three runs (all earned), one walk and three strikeouts. Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) finished the last three innings allowing three hits and one run (earned) in addition to a pair of strikeouts.

The Lyons struck first in the bottom of the second inning as sophomore Kelly Welch (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton) launched an opposite field home run to right-center for a 1-0 advantage.

Freshman Ashtyn Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) answered for the visitors in the third with a game-tying single through the right side of the infield, while senior Jennifer Migliore (Saugus, Mass./The Governor's Academy) lifted a sac fly in foul territory to right field to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Freshman Anna Pisac (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish) also scored on the play on a throwing error towards home plate.

Wellesley freshman Kendra Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) gave the Blue an insurance run in the fifth with an RBI double to right-center to add onto the margin at 4-1.

Johnson kept Wheaton's offense at bay over the next two frames squandering a two-out scoring threat in the sixth, while pitching a 1-2-3 frame in the seventh.

WHEATON 6, WELLESLEY 5

Wheaton senior Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) went the distance to push her record to 11-2 on the season allowing nine hits, five runs (four earned), one walk and also struck out one batter.

Johnson suffered the loss in game two on 6 1/3 innings pitched, ten hits, six runs (five earned), four walks and three strikeouts.

Tied 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh, senior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) and Welch notched back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Freshman Morgan Walsh (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) followed with a single of her own to right field to load the bases and put the game-winning run 90-feet away.

Johnson battled back with a ground out (1-2), but freshman Caroline Fairbanks (Norwell, Mass./Norwell) reached base on a fielding error on the right side of the infield to scratch across the game-winning run in the Lyons' next at-bat and help the hosts walk-off with a split in the doubleheader.

Wellesley rallied in the top half of the seventh as Pisac eventually worked a bases loaded walk to move the game-tying run around the bases. A. Coleman had a single, sophomore Jaclyn Tsang (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) was hit-by-a-pitch and junior Maria LaBouyer (Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City) reached base on a fielder's choice to set up the scoring.

The Blue held a 2-0 advantaged after the top half of the second inning as Migliore and junior Abby Casey (Milford, Conn./Lauralton Hall) both had RBI doubles in the frame. A. Coleman also had a two-run double in the fourth for Wellesley to bring the game within one (5-4) at the time.

Wheaton scored all five of its runs in the third on a two-run throwing error and a three-run home run by Welch which hooked just around the left field foul pole.

Wheaton (26-4, 10-2 NEWMAC) hosts MIT tomorrow for a conference doubleheader beginning at noon. Wellesley (16-8, 10-2 NEWMAC) welcomes WPI to its campus for a NEWMAC twinbill at noon.

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