Baseball Falls to Wheaton and Into Loser's Bracket of NEWMAC Tourney

Baseball Falls to Wheaton and Into Loser's Bracket of NEWMAC Tourney

Wheaton 11, WPI 4 - NEWMAC Tournament - Day #3

Box Score

Norton, MA --- The top-seeded Wheaton baseball team advanced to the championship round of the NEWMAC Tournament for the 10th time with an 11-4 semifinal win against number-three WPI) on Saturday in Sidell Stadium. 

The Lyons, who are ranked 24th nationally and tied for second in the New England poll, improved to 24-7 and will play for the automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament tomorrow at 11am., with a second contest to follow if necessary. Now 21-9, WPI, which is receiving regional votes, falls into the loser's bracket and will play again at 4pm against either Babson or the United States Coast Guard Academy, who square off in an elimination game at 12:45pm. 

Freshman Corey Laliberte (Fall River, MA) earned the win, allowing three runs over 6.2 innings while striking out four and walking two. Junior Sean Munley (Trenton, NJ) went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI, and sophomore Dan Haugh (Andover, MA) had a home run among his two hits while scoring twice and driving in four runs. 

Senior Paul Malaguti (Andover, MA) added two hits and two runs, junior Hadi Raad (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY/Hastings) had a pair of hits while plating two, sophomore Hal Landers (Salem, NH) smacked two hits, and freshman Sean Ryan (Norton, MA) scored twice.

Senior Mike Swanton (Foxboro, MA) reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with a run and a walk while getting hit by a pitch.  Classmate James Kokolis (Manchester, NH) posted two knocks, while senior Matt Moreau (Manchester, NH) plated a pair.

Senior Ryan Marques (Gloucester, MA) was saddled with the loss, yielding six earned runs on 11 hits in 5.1 frames. Jason Forte (Carlisle, MA) did not allow and earned run in 2 1/3 innings of relief.

The Lyons broke through with a pair of two-out runs in the second, getting on the board when Raad drilled an RBI triple to the fence that just eluded the center fielder. Junior Tad Skelley (Wolfeboro, NH) followed with a base knock that plated Raad.

WPI had one hit in each of the first four innings but was held off the board by Laliberte, as a pair of ground-ball double plays helped the cause, prior to the righty posting his first 1-2-3 inning in the fifth. During the home half, the Lyons plated four runs on two hits and a trio of infield errors, as Haugh's three-run blast down the left field line highlighted the frame.

The Engineers cut their deficit in half the following inning, when Moreau smacked a two-run double. WPI trailed 6-3 heading into the bottom portion, but the Lyons countered with five runs, including two on a Munley single. Haugh and Raad added RBI doubles.  The Engineers tacked on the game's final run in the ninth on a pitch hit sac fly by Mitch McClune (Pembroke, MA) 

Release Courtesy Wheaton Athletics