Lyons improve to 10-6-1 on the season
NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team, ranked No. 24 in the latest D3baseball.com national poll, swept a pair of non-conference games against Bridgewater State University (BSU) by scores of 1-0 and 7-3, both seven innings, on Friday evening at Sidell Stadium.
WHEATON 1, BRIDGEWATER STATE 0 (seven innings)
Wheaton senior starter Nick Filloramo (Rochester, Mass./Old Rochester Regional) bumped his record to 2-1 on the season with a complete game effort on three hits, zero walks and a game-high five strikeouts. From the second inning to the fourth, Filloramo strung together eight-straight outs using four fly outs, three ground outs and one punchout.
Bridgewater State sophomore David Holmes (Easton, Mass./Oliver Ames) was tagged with the loss on 5 2/3 innings, five hits and one run (earned).
The Lyons cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the second as junior catcher Zach Horton (North Attleboro, Mass./North Attleboro) ripped an RBI double down the right field line plating classmate Mike Bisceglia (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) for a 1-0 lead.
Junior third baseman Justin Peluso (North Reading, Mass./Saint John's Prep) nearly gave Wheaton a 2-0 advantage trying to score from first base but a perfect relay throw (9-4-2) from right field beat Peluso at the plate to end the frame.
Bisceglia notched a one-out single through the left side of the infield and advance to third on a base hit by Peluso to left field to set up the scoring for the Blue and White.
WHEATON 7, BRIDGEWATER STATE 3 (seven innings)
Freshman Jack Fant (Independence, Va./McLean) earned the victory over five-plus innings of work, four hits, zero runs, one walk and two strikeouts. Senior Gordy Thomas (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) ended a bases loaded, no out scoring threat in the sixth using a foul out to first, a strikeout swinging and a fly out to left to keep Bridgewater State off the scoreboard.
Bears' sophomore Shane Surette (Haverhill, Mass./Whittier Tech) shouldered the loss on two innings, six hits, five runs (four earned), three walks and one punchout.
Wheaton broke open the scoring in the bottom of the second with three runs on three hits and one runner left on base. After back-to-back singles from sophomores Justin Silvestro (Waltham, Mass./BC High) and Brett Fointaine (Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport), freshman Joseph Santigate (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph by the Sea) dropped down a sacrifice bunt up the third base line to put both runners in scoring position.
Junior Zach Bombard (Belchertown, Mass./Cathedral) followed with an opposite field single to right-center for a 2-0 lead. Bombard also came around to score later in the inning on a fielding error to cap the scoring at 3-0 in the frame.
Fontaine increased the gap to 5-0 in the third with a two-run double down the left field line plating sophomore Mike Beneduce (North Kingstown, R.I./Moses Brown School) and junior Apolinar De La Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical). De La Cruz led off the inning with a double to right field and Beneduce singled to the pitcher to put runners at the corners before Silvestro worked a four pitch walk to load the bases for Fontaine.
Wheaton also added two more runs in the fourth highlighted by a sac fly to right field from Fontaine.
Bridgewater State entered the score column in the seventh with three runs on two hits, one error and one runner left on base. Junior Zachary Smith (Kingston, Mass./Silver Lake Regional) notched an RBI double to center and sophomore Colin Ryan (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) drove in a run with a ground out to cut into the deficit at 7-2. Smith also came around to score later in the frame on the backend of a double play attempt to wrap up the scoring in game two of the twinbill.
The Lyons (10-6-1, 1-2 NEWMAC) take on Springfield College tomorrow for a NEWMAC doubleheader at Sidell Stadium with game one scheduled for 11 a.m. Tomorrow's doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played in Springfield, Mass. Bridgewater State (4-8) hosts Framingham State tomorrow for a conference doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.