Lyons to play Babson on Saturday at 12 p.m.
NORTON, Mass. – First-seeded Wheaton College dropped its opening game in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Softball Tournament to fifth-seeded and defending champion Wellesley College by an 11-2 score on Tuesday evening at Clark Field.
Blue first-year starter Julia Warner (Kenmore, Wash./Bothell) scattered 12 hits in a complete-game effort to push her record to 8-6 on the season. Warner yielded two runs (both earned) and walked just one batter alongside two strikeouts.
Wheaton senior starter Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) took the loss (13-4) on 1 2/3 innings pitched, six hits, four runs (all earned), no walks and one strikeout. The Lyons went on to use three more relievers in the contest, which was highlighted by senior Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) who blanked the visitors for 2 1/3 innings pitched.
Sophomore Kendra Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) gave Wellesley a 1-0 advantage in the first inning with an RBI single to left field that plated classmate Ashytn Coleman (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) from third base. A. Coleman led off the frame with a double to left center before moving up to third base on a sacrifice bunt and scoring on the hard-hit base knock to left.
The Blue tacked on three more runs in the second as A. Coleman notched an RBI single to right field, junior Jaclyn Tsang (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan) lifted a sacrifice fly to right field and senior Maria LaBouyer (Yuba City, Calif./Yuba City) drove in a run with an infield single to second.
Both teams were held scoreless until the fifth inning when sophomore Anna Pisac (Snohomish, Wash./Snohomish) lined a two-run homer to left field to extend the gap to 6-0.
K. Coleman pushed Wellesley's lead to 7-0 in the sixth with an RBI double to left center, but Wheaton responded with two runs in the bottom half of the frame to cut the deficit to 7-2.
Junior Madeline Hatch (Acton, Mass./Acton-Boxboro) brought home classmate Marissa Timoteo (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter) with a sharply-hit single to right field, while junior Erin Deneen (South Yarmouth, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) scored on the backend of a run down play.
Warner proceeded to work her way out of the two-out, one on jam with a fly out to center field.
Wellesley went on to add four insurance runs in the seventh, which was highlighted by a two-run triple to left field by A. Coleman. Tsang also picked up an RBI single to right field in the frame.
Wheaton (28-7), ranked No. 18 in the latest National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Top-25 poll, will host sixth-seeded Babson College on Saturday at 12 p.m. in game six of the NEWMAC Tournament. Wellesley (20-13), who defeated fourth-seeded Springfield College by a 14-2 score earlier today, will play third-seeded WPI in Norton, Mass. at 2 p.m.
The NEWMAC Tournament features a double-elimination format. Wellesley and WPI both have two wins entering Saturday's portion of the playoff format, while Wheaton, Babson, MIT and Springfield all have one loss.
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