Lyons 11-3 overall on the season
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College softball team swept a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games versus WPI on Sunday afternoon at Clark Field, as the Lyons claimed a 6-1 win in game one and a 4-2 victory in game two.
Wheaton 6, WPI 1
Lyons' senior starter Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) pitched six strong innings to move her record to 6-1 on the season. Berardi, who threw 90 pitches (57 for strikes), yielded six hits and one run (earned) alongside zero walks and two strikeouts. Sophomore reliever Danielle Cimino (Cumberland, Maine/Greely) induced two ground outs and also notched a strikeout to close out the seventh.
WPI first-year Kelsey Saucier (Worcester, Mass./Holy Name) took the loss on 2 1/3 innings pitched, five hits, five runs (four earned), two walks and three strikeouts. Sophomore Caroline Medino (Pompton Lakes, N.J./Pompton Lakes) was solid in relief going 3 2/3 innings allowing eight hits, one run (earned) and zero walks to go with three strikeouts.
Wheaton scored all six of its runs throughout the first four innings of the game. Junior Emma Hart (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) scored on a passed ball in the first after reaching on a bunt single and advancing all the way to third on back-to-back wild pitches before scoring. Classmate Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) ripped a two-run double to left center field in the second, while sophomore Emily Bouthillette (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) launched a two-run homer to dead center field in the third to take a 5-0 advantage.
Berardi capped the scoring for the Blue and White in the fourth plating Hart from first base with a hard-hit double into the left center gap.
Sophomore Lindsay Gurska (Revere, Mass./Revere) countered for the Engineers in the fifth with a solo shot to left field, but Berardi and Cimino only allowed three hits over the remaining innings of the contest to secure the game one triumph.
Wheaton 4, WPI 2
Wheaton senior Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth North) picked up the victory in the backend of the twin bill going five innings while allowing five hits, two runs (both earned) and no walks to go with four strikeouts. Junior reliever Jillian Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) registered her first career save by holding the Engineers to just one hit and zero runs over the final two frames.
WPI junior Clare Doolin (Newton, Mass./Newton North) was handed the loss on six innings pitched, seven hits, four runs (four earned), two walks and four punchouts.
The Engineers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning as first-year outfielder RiAnna May (Westminster, Colo./Standley Lake) drilled an opposite field home run to right, which scored Katie Bumila (Raynham, Mass./Coyle and Cassidy) who singled through the left side of the infield earlier in the frame.
Wheaton cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the inning via a fielder's choice RBI by junior second baseman Erin Deneen (South Yarmouth, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) before taking the lead in the third with three runs.
Hart notched an RBI bunt single, while sophomore Caroline Fairbanks (Milford, Mass./Milford) collected a fielder's choice RBI to take a 3-2 advantage. Deneen added the all-important insurance run two at-bats later with a run-producing single to center field.
Christmas and Rocha settled in over the next four innings using 7 ground outs, 3 fly outs and 2 strikeouts to wrap up the sweep for the Lyons.
Wheaton (11-3, 4-0 NEWMAC) is scheduled to host UMass Boston this coming Tuesday for a pair of non-conference games slated to start at 3 p.m. WPI (8-4, 0-2 NEWMAC) travels to Becker next Tuesday.