Cougars Swept By No. 7 Wheaton
Worcester, Mass. – Wheaton's Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H.) had four hits and three RBI in a game one 4-2 win and then the Lyons banged out 20 hits in a 15-4 triumph in game two to sweep a New England Women's And Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) baseball doubleheader from Clark University on Saturday afternoon.
The two wins for Wheaton pushes their overall record to an impressive 29-4 and extends their winning streak to nine straight. Clark meanwhile sees its record dip to 7-26 and the Cougars have now dropped seven straight and 13 of their last 14.
All four of Jensen's hits in the opener were singles, including one with two outs in the bottom of the sixth that gave Wheaton a two-run cushion. He also had RBI base hits in the third and the fifth making the score 2-0.
Clark answered back in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game when they scored on an unearned run and on a Dennis Glynn (Jamaica Plain, Mass.) sacrifice fly.
Wheaton took the lead back on a Dan Demeo (Glastonbury, Conn.) fielder's choice and then Jensen notched his fourth hit of the game to help secure the win.
Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass.) pitched a perfect seventh, getting three straight groundouts to short to collect his eighth save of the season.
Frank Holbrook (Middletown, R.I.) went the first 5.2 inning for the Lyons to earn the victory, while Clark's starting hurler, Brian Sullivan (Auburn, Mass.) went the distance for the Cougars, scattering nine hits and striking out nine.
Clark's Austin Knief (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Wheaton's Hal Landers (Salem, N.H.) each went 2-for-4.
In game two, the Lyons took advantage of three Cougar miscues in the field and posted runs in every inning with the exception of the sixth.
Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I.) had three RBI for Wheaton in the nightcap, while Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass.) recorded three hits.
Wheaton led 9-0 after their half of the seventh inning with the biggest blow coming in the first in the form of a De la Cruz two-run double.
Clark cut the lead to 9-3 following a Michael Lamothe (Bellingham, Mass.) solo homerun to lead off the seventh and then a Dan Lima (Manchester, Conn.) RBI and an unearned run in the frame as well.
Wheaton tacked on six runs in the ninth as Jensen drove in another run with an infield hit and reserves Tyler Contillo (Montville, Conn.) and Justin Peluso (North Andover, Mass.) each collected RBI.
Alec Palioca (Wrentham, Mass.) was stellar on the mound for the Lyons, going seven innings, allowing just six hits and two earned runs.
The Lyons, who already locked up the No. 1 seed in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament, will face the No. 4 seed WPI on Saturday. Clark, meanwhile, will wrap up their season on Friday with a 3:30 p.m. single contest at home against Nichols.