NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team claimed a 9-3 conference victory over Coast Guard Academy in a rain-shortened five inning contest on Wednesday evening at Sidell Stadium.
Lyons' junior starter Jared Clement earned the win on three innings pitched, two hits, three runs (all unearned), four walks and two strikeouts. First-year Brady Furdon completed the final two frames allowing zero runs on one hit, a walk and one strikeout.
Coast Guard freshman Joe Sciliano shouldered the loss over three innings of work, five hits, seven runs, three walks and a career-high six strikeouts.
Wheaton produced a 7-0 advantage over the first three innings highlighted by a two-run double to center field in the first by senior Tyler Contillo and a three-run double down the right field off the bat of fellow classmate Apolinar De La Cruz in the second. The Lyons also scored one run on a balk and another on a fielding error to account for all of their seven runs over that span.
In the top of the fourth, Bears' freshman Alex Murdoch broke up the shutout with a bases loaded walk and senior Blake Thompson added two more runs later in the frame on hard-hit single to center. Furdon weathered the storm with a ground out to third to maintain a 7-3 gap on the scoreboard and squander Coast Guard's potential big inning.
Thompson was 3 for 3 accounting for all three of the Bears hits in the game.
Wheaton got two of those runs back in the bottom half on an error and a sacrifice fly to center by junior Matt Lavanchy.
In the fifth, Furdon stranded a run in scoring position with no outs inducing a ground out to third, a fly out to right and another ground out (4-6) with a walk sandwiched in between the second and third outs of the frame.
The game was officially called due to inclement weather after the completed of the fifth inning.
Coast Guard is back in action on Friday when the Bears host WPI in the first game of a three-game weekend series at 3:30 p.m.