Bison fall to #21 Lyons

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NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. – The Nichols College baseball team dropped a 16-2 decision to No. 21-ranked Wheaton College on Tuesday night in non-league action at the New England Baseball Complex in Northborough, Mass.
The Bison fall to 1-2 on the year and return to action in sunny, warm Florida on Friday night when they take on UMass Dartmouth at 5:15 p.m. in Winter Haven, Fla. Wheaton improves to 2-0 on the season with the win.
Sophomore Kyle Bouchard led the Bison offense with a 2-for-4 day, while seniors Cam Cook and Chris Anderson, and freshman Alexander Stroshine each went 1-for-4. Cook drove in a run, while Stroshine scored a run after hitting a triple. Sophomore Christian Naccari added the other RBI for the Bison, with senior Nick Roy scoring the other run.
Freshman Dario Tarquinio suffered the setback in his first career start, allowing seven runs (six earned) on nine hits with a pair of walks and four strikeouts. Sophomore Brodie Altiere gave up three unearned runs in 0.2 innings, while freshman Matthew Stewart allowed three runs on two hits in an inning of work. Sophomore Steven Lockwood also tossed an inning and allowed a pair of runs on two hits with three strikeouts, and senior Vincent Amato went the final two innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit with three strikeouts.
Wheaton sophomore Nick Raposo went 2-for-4 with four RBI and a run scored to lead the Lyons. Junior Jimmy Gianquitti went 2-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, while sophomore Bryant Salkind went 2-for-5 with three RBI. Senior Dan Southerland struck out seven while allowing only two hits in over five innings to earn the win.
The Lyons scored five runs over the first two innings of play before plating five runs in the fifth inning to take a 10-0 lead after five. They then added five more runs over the next two innings pull ahead 15-0.
The Bison got on the board in their half of the seventh as Naccari drove in Roy with a sacrifice fly. Nichols tacked on one more in the eighth as Cook singled through the right side, plating Stroshine who had tripled for his first career hit to lead off the inning.
Wheaton would score one more time in the ninth to give the game its final score of 16-2.
All-Time Series
The two teams have now met six times in program history and the Lyons lead the all-time series, 5-1.