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Mass. College Baseball: Wheaton Defeats Daniel Webster, Remains In New England Regional

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Wheaton College baseball team kept their season alive with a victory against Daniel Webster this afternoon in the NCAA Division III New England Regional. Wheaton will attempt to extend its season to tomorrow when they return to the diamond later this evening against Western New England, who defeated St. Joseph’s (ME) earlier this morning.

Courtesy of the Wheaton athletic department, here’s the release from their win against the Eagles:

HARWICH, Mass. – Second-seeded Wheaton College, ranked no.15 overall in the latest D3baseball.comnational poll, eliminated eighth-seeded Daniel Webster from the NCAA Division III New England Regional double elimination tournament with a 3-1 triumph on Friday afternoon at Whitehouse Field in the first-ever meeting between both squads.

The Lyons (32-11) will play Western New England University in an elimination game later tonight at 8 p.m. The Eagles season comes to a close at 29-12 overall.

Junior right-hander Nick Filloramo (Rochester, Mass./Old Rochester Regional) improved to 6-3 overall on seven innings pitched, four hits, one run (earned), zero walks and five strikeouts on 89 pitches (68 strikes). Sophomore Mike Bisceglia (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) hurled a scoreless eighth yielding just one hit and junior closer Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass./Avon Old Farms School) locked down his 12th save of the season on two strikeouts in the ninth. Grant surpassed Mike Spavento ’02 for the all-time career lead in saves as both relief pitchers were tied at 35 entering this afternoon’s contest.

Daniel Webster senior Syed Ali (Dracut, Mass./Dracut) was dealt the loss over seven innings, eight hits, three runs (all earned), three walks and two punchouts.

Wheaton opened up the scoring with two outs in the top of the third as senior Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass./Andover) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to take a 1-0 advantage. Gusovsky knocked in his team-leading 23rd two-out RBI of the season.

Senior Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second base and advanced to third on an infield single to third base from classmate Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton). After Ryan swiped second, sophomore Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) worked a seven pitch walk to set up the scoring. Ali held the Lyons offense in check with a ground out to first to end the threat.

Freshman Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole) gave the Lyons a 2-0 lead in the fourth with a sacrifice bunt RBI in between the pitcher’s mound and home to plate senior Paul O’Neill (Framingham, Mass./Framingham)from third. O’Neill led off the frame with a single to center field and used his speed to advance from first to third on a base hit to center by senior Justin Connor (Arlington, Mass./Arlington).

In the sixth, Lavanchy hooked a run-producing double on the chalk of the right field line to push Wheaton ahead 3-0. Sophomore Justin Peluso (North Andover, Mass./Saint John’s Prep) scored from first base as Lavanchy’s hit bounced into the Lyons open bullpen down the line in foul territory. Peluso got the offense started in the inning with a leadoff single up the middle.

Daniel Webster answered in the bottom half on a sacrifice fly to right field off the bat of senior Elliot Kilgore (Milford, N.H./Milford), his 17th RBI of the season. Classmate Darrik Marstaller (Spofford, N.H./Keene) notched a single to right-center, stole his team-leading 17th base of the season and advanced to third on a ground out for the Eagles lone run.

Filloramo used a ground out to end the inning and three more in the seventh to erase a two-out double down the left field line from freshman Devin DeCarteret (Pelham, N.H./Pelham) to close out his outing. Bisceglia allowed a one-out single in the eighth, stranding a runner at second base with three ground outs. Grant retired the side in order in the ninth on a strikeout swinging, a 1-3 ground out and a strikeout looking for his 36th career save. Grant is also the all-time leader in games finished (69) in program history and third all-time in appearances (72) as a junior.

Lavanchy collected Wheaton’s only multi-hit game going 2-for-4 with two RBI. Lavanchy now has 18 multi-hit games this season. Jensen extended his hitting to nine games while De la Cruz pushed his to eight and Gusovsky moved his to seven as all three hitters had just one hit in the contest.

Mass. College Baseball: Endicott Tops Wheaton, 3-2 (10 Innings)

By NoontimeSports.com 

The second day of the NCAA Division III New England Regional concluded with an exciting late-inning contest as No. 3 Endicott College defeated No. 2 Wheaton College, 3-2, in 10 innings.

Below is the release courtesy of the Wheaton athletic department:

HARWICH, Mass. – Endicott College graduate student Colin Sitarz (West Hartford, Conn./Hall) laced an RBI single up the middle in the bottom of the tenth inning to lift the Gulls to a 3-2 walk-off victory over second-seeded Wheaton College, ranked no.15 overall in the latest D3baseball.com national poll, on day two of the NCAA Division III New England Regional double elimination tournament on Thursday night at Whitehouse Field.

The Lyons (31-11) will take on eighth-seeded Daniel Webster tomorrow at 1 p.m. in a winner-take-all game at Whitehouse Field. Third-seeded Endicott (34-12) plays first-seeded Southern Maine tomorrow at 4:30 p.m.

Gulls freshman reliever Mike Walkowicz (Amherst, Mass./Amherst) earned the win on one-and-two-thirds innings pitched, one hit and one walk. Endicott starter Mike Nich (Orange, Conn./Amity) picked up the no-decision over three innings of work, six hits and two runs (both earned).

Wheaton freshman Eric Dumas (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) suffered the loss over one inning of work, two hits, one run (earned), one walk and one strikeout. Junior Alec Palioca (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip Regional)was handed the no-decision on seven-and-two-thirds innings pitched, six hits, two runs (one earned), five walks and a career-high 11 strikeouts.

With one out in the bottom of the tenth, sophomore Harry Oringer (Dartmouth, Mass./Coyle Cassidy)notched an infield single to second base to jump start Endicott’s rally. Senior Brett Holmgren (Middleboro, Mass./Coyle Cassidy) worked a walk on five pitches seeing three-straight balls to start the plate appearance. Sitarz followed with the game-winning hit, ripping a single up the middle on a 1-1 pitch.

Walkowicz escaped a bases loaded, two out-jam with a ground out to second base in the top of the tenth inning to allow the Gulls a chance for the walk-off win.

Wheaton took a 1-0 advantage in the third as senior shortstop Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) knocked in classmate Justin Connor (Arlington, Mass./Arlington) with a single through the right side of the infield. Sophomore Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) made it 2-0 with a sac fly to left field, scoring Jensen.

Connor led off the inning with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from freshman Matt Lavanchy (Walpole, Mass./Walpole). After Jensen singled Connor home, he proceeded to steal second base and advanced to third on a base knock to center field off the bat of senior Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton). De la Cruz followed and was robbed of an extra-base hit as Sitarz made a diving catch in the left field gap only allowing Wheaton to score one run on the sac fly.

Endicott evened the score at 2-2 in the bottom half of the inning on a fielding error and an RBI single to left field by Holmgren. Palioca escaped any further damage with the Gulls having base runners on first and second with his sixth strikeout at the time.

In the seventh, Wheaton nearly scored the go-ahead run with runners on second and third base, but De la Cruz was gunned down at home on an inning-ending double play (1-3-2).

Palioca stymied the Endicott offense in the next half inning recording his tenth career pickoff to head back into the dugout after freshman Cody Hall (Rutland, Mass./Wachusett Regional) singled with one out earlier in the frame. Palioca’s tenth career pickoff moved him into first place all-time in the category breaking a tie at the top of the list with teammate Frank Holbrook (Middletown, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey School).

Hall robbed the Lyons of another potential go-ahead run in the ninth making a diving catch on a liner from De la Cruz to turn a 6-4 inning-ending double play with runners at first and second.

Sophomore Mike Bisceglia (New Boston, N.H./Goffstown) and Dumas combined for three outs in the bottom half of the ninth to force extra innings. Bisceglia induced one fly out while Dumas registered a fly out to left and a ground out to third.

Wheaton falls to 12-5 overall against Endicott in the all-time series. The Gulls have won two-straight versus the Lyons claiming a 5-3 victory on April 24, 2012 in the last meeting. Wheaton is now 3-2 overall in extra innings in postseason play and 2-2 at Whitehouse Field.

Mass. College Baseball: Gusovsky’s Walk-Off Double Lifts No. 3 Wheaton Past Montclair State

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release from the Lyons baseball game, which saw Dan Gusovsky hit a walk-off double to deep right field to secure the Blue and White’s fourth win of the season:

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. – Senior captain Dan Gusovsky (Andover, Mass./Andover) lifted Wheaton College, ranked no.3 overall in the latest D3baseball.com national poll, to a 2-1 victory over Montclair State University with a walk-off double to deep right field in non-conference action on Friday afternoon.

Sophomore first baseman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) led off the bottom of the ninth with a hard-hit single into right field and advanced to second base on a sacrifice bunt from third baseman Justin Peluso (North Andover, Mass./Saint John’s Prep). After the Red Hawks decided to go to the bullpen, Gusovsky belted a one-hopper off of the right field fence for the win.

Senior right-handed pitcher Frank Holbrook (Middletown, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey School) was saddled with a no-decision on eight innings, three hits, one run (unearned), one walk and a game-high eight strikeouts (six looking). Freshman Eric Dumas (Brookline, Mass./Brookline) earned his first-career collegiate win with a clean ninth inning on a ground out and a pair of fly outs.

Montclair State left-hander Dylan Papa (South Plainfield, N.J./South Plainfield) took the loss on eight-and-one-thirds, eight hits, two runs (one earned), one walk and five strikeouts. Senior reliever Josh Manto (Kenilworth, N.J./David Brearley) gave up the game winning hit to Gusovsky in the ninth.

Wheaton took a 1-0 lead in the third as sophomore Kevin Foley (Southbury, Conn./Pomperaug) reached first base on a bunt single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Classmate Zach Bombard (Belchertown, Mass./Cathedral) followed with a bunt single towards the first base line to put runners on the corners for the Lyons. After a double play on a lineout (4-3), senior co-captain and shortstop Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H./Gorham) beat out an infield single to plate Foley from third.

In the fifth, senior catcher Scott Glozzy (Hackettstown, N.J./Warren Hills) ripped a double to left-center field with one out putting a Red Hawks’ baserunner into scoring position for the first time in the game. Holbrook quickly erased the scoring threat as he picked off Glozzy at second with help from Jensen who applied the tag. Holbrook’s pick off proved to be pivotal as junior Lou Martini (Flemington, N.J./North Hunterdon) single to shallow center field in the next at-bat. Sophomore Anderson Rosa (Perth Amboy, N.J./Perth Amboy) flied out to center to end the frame.

Montclair State pushed across its only run in the sixth on a throwing error. Senior Matt Moreno (Park Ridge, N.J./Park Ridge) worked a leadoff walk, advance to second on a sacrifice bunt and came around to score on a throwing error that sailed just over the glove of Wheaton’s first baseman.

Wheaton (4-3, 0-0 NEWMAC) takes on #2 Marietta College in a rematch of last season’s NCAA Division III College World Series national championship game tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. Montclair State (5-3), who is receiving votes in the D3baseball.com Top-25 national poll, hosts Moravian College on Wednesday, March 20 at 3:30 p.m.

Mass. College Baseball: Wheaton Earns Top Spot In D3Baseball.com Preseason Poll

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of our friends from the Wheaton College sports information department, here’s today’s release pertaining toward the Lyons baseball team, which was ranked first in the D3Baseball.com preseason poll. The Lyons earned a spot in the NCAA Div. III World Series last May for the second time in six seasons, but came up short to Marietta College. Here’s the release:

NORTON, Mass. – The Wheaton College baseball team has been ranked first overall in the latest D3baseball.com Top 25 Preseason Poll after receiving eight first place votes and 594 points total. The Lyons are now ranked first overall in two separate preseason polls with their first place selection to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper National Preseason Poll earlier this month.

Wheaton topped St. Thomas by eight points and Marietta, the defending NCAA Division III national champions, by 16 points to earn the number one spot in the preseason poll. The D3baseball.com Top 25 Poll is voted on by a panel of 25 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country and is published weekly.

Cortland State checks in at fourth overall in the poll with 564 points while Whitworth rounds out the top-5 with 457 points. Region foes St. Joseph’s (Maine), Western New England and Trinity (Conn.) all rank inside the top-25, respectively. St. Joseph’s checks in at 14th overall, Western New England ranks 15th and Trinity has been tabbed as the 19th best team in the country.

The Lyons finished the 2012 season with a 41-11 record, the second most wins in program history, and a 16-2 mark in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). Wheaton returns its top three hitters from a year ago in senior Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass./Norton), sophomore Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I./Classical) and classmate Tyler Contillo (Montville, Conn./Montville).

Ryan posted a .384 batting average, a .402 on-base percentage and a .531 slugging percentage. Ryan led the team in batting average and slugging percentage wile De la Cruz hit .376/.443/.455 and Contillo compiled a .360/.500/.360 slash line at the plate.

On the hill, senior D3baseball.com preseason All-American Frank Holbrook (Middletown, R.I./Portsmouth Abbey School) returns to lead the Wheaton pitching staff which ranked tenth overall, nationally, in earned run average (ERA) last spring (2.80). Holbrook went 10-0 overall in 84.2 innings pitched, struck out 52 batters and held opponents to a .229 batting average.

Since 2008, the Lyons have had two players named to the D3baseball.com Preseason All-America team and two players earn honorable mention accolades. Dan Haugh ’12 (Andover, Mass./St. John’s Prep) was chosen to the first team in 2012 and Adam Gingras ’09 (Woonsocket, R.I.) was selected to the second team in 2009. Nolan Corr ’12 (Somersworth, N.H./Saint Thomas Aquinas) received honorable mention status in 2011 while De la Cruz picked up identical honors this season.

Junior closer Ryan Grant (Easton, Mass./Avon Old Farms School) will control the backend up the bullpen for the Lyons after finishing the 2012 season ranked no.1 overall in the nation in saves with 14. In 26.2 innings pitched, Grant struck out 18 batters and held opponents to a .200 batting average in 24 appearances.

As a team, Wheaton ranked seventh in the country in hits (555), tenth in ERA and 27th overall in runs scored (330). Ryan’s 86 hits last year were good enough for second overall in the country while Holbrook check in at ninth overall in ERA for the season.

The Lyons open up their 2013 season on Saturday, March 2 against St. Joseph’s (Long Island) at 11:00 a.m. in Patchogue, N.Y.

Wheaton Earns First College Baseball World Series Victory Against Webster

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Wheaton College baseball team earned its first win in the 2012 College Baseball World Series on Friday, as they defeated Webster University, 3-2. Senior Hal Landers finished the contest with two hits and one run, while junior Sean Ryan and freshman Apolinar De la Cruz each recorded one RBI.

The Lyons will continue their quest toward their first National Championship on Saturday at 5:30PM against either SUNY Cortland or Kean University.

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