NEW LONDON, Conn. – Wheaton exploded for seven runs on eight hits in the fifth inning to erase a 2-1 deficit en route to a 10-4 win over Coast Guard in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.
Wheaton won its sixth straight to improve to 18-7 overall and 12-2 atop the NEWMAC standings. Coast Guard drops to 12-9 overall and 5-7 in league action.
The Lyons struck first in the first on an RBI single by senior Tyler Contillo scoring senior Zach Bombard, who led off the game with a walk.
Coast Guard freshman Zach Serna belted his first career homer, a solo shot to left, in the third to tie the game before sophomore Brendan McNeil's solo home run to right in the fourth gave the Bears a 2-1 lead.
Wheaton would send 12 batters to the plate in the seven-run fifth inning. Bombard tied the game with an RBI double. Sophomore Justin Silvestro's infield hit gave the Lyons a 3-2 lead. Contillo, sophomore Joseph Santigate, junior Matt Lavanchy and senior Justin Peluso all followed with RBI singles for an 8-2 lead. Lavanchy and Peluso each had two singles in the inning.
The Bears got two back in the sixth on an RBI single by junior Kyle Wood scoring senior Matt Hanks, who led off the inning with a single. Sophomore Tim Duncan's RBI ground out plated another run to make the score 8-4.
Wheaton added single in runs in both the eighth, on an RBI double by sophomore Joshua LaJoie and in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Lavanchy to close the scoring.
Sophomore Michael Bruemmel (3-1) went the first five innings for Wheaton and allowed three hits and a pair of earned runs while not walking a batter and striking out three to get the win.
Junior Michael Baryski and senior Mike Bisceglia each pitched two innings of hitless relief while striking out two batters each for Wheaton.
Senior Andy Lucak (0-2) took the loss out of the bullpen for the Bears. He worked two innings and allowed four hits and three earned runs. Sophomore Colton Cannon pitched the first two innings for Coast Guard allowing one hit and an unearned run.
Senior Dylan Wright pitched well over the final four innings for Coast Guard allowing four shit and a pair of earned runs.
Silvestro, Lavanchy and Peluso each had two hits in the win for Wheaton while Hanks had a pair of hits for Coast Guard.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow when they host Emerson in a NEWMAC game at 4 p.m.