The spring sports season is in full bloom, which means we’re no longer concerned about basketball sneakers and hockey pucks, but instead, lacrosse sticks, baseball gloves and softball bats. And also, the occasional running shoe and tennis racket, too.
Noontime Sports will continue its game coverage, which started last fall, but also provide a once a week spotlight on a various collegiate sports teams in Massachusetts, too.
So, to kick things off with a bang, we’ve decided to profile the Wheaton College baseball team, which is off to a 13-1 start.
The Winning Ways: The men sporting the royal blue and white jersey’s have not registered a loss since their first contest of the season against Cortland State on Mar. 10 in Auburndale, Florida. Wheaton has dominated opponents thus far, and has won five games at home, four on the road, as well as an additional four in neutral sites.
Winning in Extra Innings: One of the crazier games the Lyons have been apart of this season was against Endicott College – a game Wheaton managed to win in 14 innings. Senior Dan Haugh drove in the game-winning run in the top of the 14th, while freshman Apolinar De la Cruz finished the game with two RBIs. Also, this particular clash was one of the longest games Wheaton had been apart of in five seasons.
Pitching Observations: Junior Frank Holbrook currently leads the team with 14 strikeouts, while sophomore Alec Palioca has fanned 12 batters. Senior David Longley has appeared in five games this season, and currently has an ERA of (0.00). Also, four players have earned two wins, while five have recorded one “w” in the stat column.
Week Ahead: As any coach would say, it’s always about the next game. And while we don’t want to jump too far ahead, the Lyons will look to extend their current winning streak on Tuesday, Mar. 27, when they travel to Bridgewater State to face the Bears. Wheaton will then return home for a 3:30pm first pitch against Babson College on Friday, Mar. 30, and then play a double header against the Beavers at Babson Park on Saturday.
Conference Standings: Wheaton remains the top squad in the NEWMAC, (New England Men’s and Women’s Athletic Conference) with a 6-0 record, and certainly has a comfortable lead over Babson, Springfield and WPI. However, this upcoming weekend series against the Beavers will be critical for the Lyons, who has managed to outscore conference foes, 29-10.