NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College (Mass.) baseball team held a 16-5 advantage in hits and tallied at least one run in five different innings during an 8-0 victory over Wesleyan University on Tuesday during non-conference action in Norton, Mass.
Sophomore Nick Raposo went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, two RBIs and a run for the Lyons (20-13, 13-4 NEWMAC), while sophomore Bryant Salkind (3-for-4, two runs, RBI) and senior Chris Ruocco (3-for-5, two runs, RBI) also starred for the hosts.
Junior Danny Rose went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double for the Cardinals (17-11, 5-4 NESCAC West Division).
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Wheaton went on the scoreboard in the bottom of the third on a two-out RBI single to center by Salkind, which scored Ruocco, who led off the inning with a single to left.
- In the bottom of the fourth, the hosts once again hit the ball well with two outs, as Ruocco connected on an RBI single down the left-field line, and then two at-bats later, sophomore Trevor Marques lined a one-run double to left, pushing the lead up to 3-0.
- Salkind left off the fifth with a single to right for the Lyons, and then advanced to second on a passed ball and third on a single by senior Ryan McKeon. Salkind, who hails from Rochester, Mass., tallied the fourth run of the game for the hosts during the next at-bat, scoring on a double-play ball.
- The lead ballooned up to 8-0 in the later innings behind two-run efforts in the seventh and eighth, respectively, by the Lyons. Salkind and McKeon crossed home with two down in the seventh on a two-run triple by junior Willy Boyd down the right-field line.
- Raposo concluded the scoring in the bottom of the eighth with a two-run shot to left, scoring senior Matt Cook. Cook tallied a leadoff double down the right-field line to get the inning started.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Senior Jimmy Gowen (3-2) was credited with the win for Wheaton, pitching a three-inning span in relief from the fifth to seventh. The Brielle, N.J. native did not give up any earned runs or walks and struck out two, while the Cardinals recorded two hits against him.
- Freshman Sam Phipps (0-1) was tagged with the loss for Wesleyan, allowing one earned run on five hits in 2 2/3 innings, while striking out one batter.
- Wheaton made a pair of errors in the game, and Wesleyan did not make any. The Cardinals stranded 11 runners on base, and the Lyons left nine on the base path.
- The Lyons improved to 7-4 all time against the Cardinals, but Wesleyan won the two previous meetings during the 2003 season, with both victories coming by a one-run margin. The series between the two programs dates back to 1999.
- The Cardinals will host Little Three-foe Williams on Friday (4 p.m.) at Dresser Diamond, as the Cardinals will honor their five-person senior class prior to the first pitch.