SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- March 29, 2008 - Senior lefthander Chris McDonough (Weymouth, Mass.) pitched a good seven innings and was credited with the first-game victory in leading the Wheaton College Lyons to a doubleheader baseball sweep of Springfield College, 4-3 and 11-0, this afternoon at Springfield’s cold and windy Berry-Allen Field. The games marked the conference openers for Springfield.
With the wins, Wheaton raised its record to 13-4 overall, 4-0 in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference. For Springfield, the Pride is now 3-10 overall, 0-2 in the conference. SC, once 3-2, has now lost eight straight.
The day was highlighted by a near no-hitter by junior righthander Adam Gingras (Woonsocket, R.I.) for the Lyons in game #2. Gingras wound up with a one-hitter.
In game #1, Wheaton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on two walks and an RBI single by freshman DH Sean Munley (Trenton, N.J.). Munley knocked in another run in the third with a single, making it 2-0 Wheaton.
Springfield came back with two runs in the bottom of the third to tie it. Junior catcher Luke Gabordi (Ledyard, Conn.) had SC’s first RBI of the day when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Later on senior third baseman Ryan Hingston (Windsor, Vt.) knocked one in on a ground ball out to third.
It stayed that way until the top of the eighth (the game’s first extra inning). Walks were the key in this inning against Pride reliever Mario Piscitelli. Eventually, the Lyons scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore outfielder Paul Malaguti (Andover, Mass.) and an RBI walk by sophomore catcher Jeff Lieneck (Foxboro, Mass.).
Springfield made it interesting in the bottom of the eighth, scoring on a two-out RBI single by senior second baseman Tim Romeo (Whitesboro, N.Y.). But Wheaton junior righthander Josh Simmons (Cranston, R.I.) struck out the last batter to produce his second save. McDonough was the winner, and is now 3-1. Piscitelli suffered his first loss. Springfield starter, junior Travis Turgeon (Norwich, Conn.) pitched his team’s first six innings, allowing just the two runs, and deserved a better fate.
In game #2, which turned into a 7-inning contest once the first game went extra innings, Wheaton scored five in the first, one in the second, two in the fifth, and three in the sixth to take command right from the start.
Munley went 3-for-4 and scored two runs for the Lyons. Junior shortstop Nick Pecora (Highland Park, N.J.) also went 3-for-4, scoring two and driving in two. The Lyons accumulated a total of 15 hits.
Gingras pitched a complete game victory, allowing just one hit, a 7th-inning single by Federico, which broke up Gingras’s bid for a no-hitter. Gingras walked one and struck out seven.