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Baseball Drops a Pair at Defending League Champion Wheaton, 2-1, 11-5

Wheaton 2, SC 1

Wheaton 11, SC 5

NORTON, Mass. -- March 31, 2007 --- The Wheaton College baseball team ran its winning streak to six games with a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader sweep over Springfield College on Saturday, as the Lyons defeated the Pride, 2-1 and 11-5 in their league home opener at Sidell Stadium. Wheaton, ranked 10th nationally and first in the region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA), improves to 11-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while Springfield slips to 2-11 and 0-2.

Junior southpaw Chris McDonough (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth) was outstanding on the mound, fanning 10 Springfield batters during the seven-inning contest while walking one. The run allowed was unearned, as he scattered five hits in his first win of the year. Pride sophomore lefty Jimmy Lisowski (Warwick, Mass./Pioneer Valley Regional) also turned in a stellar outing, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth before the Lyons rallied.

Springfield scored its first run on a two-out rally in the third, as sophomore Drew Michael (Longmeadow, Mass./Longmeadow) reached on an error, stole second and scored on a single down the left field line from senior Chris Stack (Albany, N.Y./Colonie Central). The Blue and White evened the contest in the fifth thanks to a run-scoring double by sophomore Nick Pecora (Highland Park, N.J./Immaculata). Wheaton manufactured the game-winner in the sixth, as senior Adam Laplante (Harwich, Mass./Harwich) ripped a single through the left side to score junior Jake Yagjian (Brewster, Mass./Nauset Regional), who posted a one-out single earlier in the frame.

Springfield junior Ryan Hingston (Windsor, Vt./Windsor) put the tying run in scoring position with his two-out double to right in the seventh, but McDonough got his final batter swinging to seal the come-from-behind win. Stack was the game's lone multiple hitter, going 2-for-3 with the RBI, while Lisowski was the hard-luck loser after yielding just two runs on four hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

Senior leadoff hitter Travis Anthoine (Portland, Me./Portland) went a perfect 4-for-4 with one walk while figuring in four Wheaton runs in game two, as the Lyons scored at least a run in seven of their eight innings. The hosts tacked on single runs in each of the first three frames and, after the Pride cut its deficit to 3-2 midway through the contest, Wheaton plated seven runs in the fifth through seventh innings for a 10-4 advantage.

Anthoine singled to right and scored in the first, delivered an RBI single in the second, walked and scored in the sixth, and singled and scored in the seventh, as the Lyons led throughout. A Stack run-scoring single in the third and a wild pitch in the fourth allowed the Pride to creep back within a run, but Wheaton got those two runs back in the fifth on a Laplante RBI double and Pecora run-scoring single.

The Lyons chased Springfield senior starter Bob Schiaroli (Naugatuck, Conn./Naugatuck) in the fifth, as the Pride used four different pitchers during the nine-inning game. Schiaroli suffered his first loss of the year, giving up five runs on nine hits with three strikeouts and no walks in 4.2 innings, while Wheaton junior Louie Bernardini (Gray, Me./Gray-New Gloucester) picked up his third win in as many outings. He fanned three and walked one with four runs, two earned, on eight hits in seven innings of work. Sophomore Jared Barnes (North Attleboro, Mass./Bishop Feehan) recorded two strikeouts with one unearned run on four hits in the final two frames.

Yagjian went 2-for-5 with two RBI for Wheaton, junior Scott Guillerault (South Portland, Me./South Portland) was 1-for-2 with two RBI, two runs and two sacrifice flies, and Laplante scored three times with a double. Stack, senior Josh Charpentier (Fairhaven, Mass./Fairhaven) and juniors Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn./Bristol Eastern) and Justin Nussey (Westminster, Mass./Oakmont Regional) each had two hits for Springfield.

Springfield returns to action tomorrow (Sunday) at 1:00 p.m. (note the time change) for a doubleheader at WPI's Alumni Field.

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