DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Lyon junior Nick Raposo (Johnston, R.I.) submitted a 3-for-5 performance at the dish and scored a pair of runs to lead Wheaton College to a 6-3 victory over UMass Dartmouth on Thursday afternoon.
Earning the victory on the bump for the visitors (8-3) was sophomore John Mikosz (Southington, Conn.), who slung five shutout innings and yielded two hits and struck out five. Taking the loss for the Corsairs (5-7) was sophomore Tucker Heatherman (Webster, Mass.), who went four frames and allowed just one hit and two scores (one earned).
How it Happened
- Wheaton edited the scoreboard first with a pair of runs in the third, initially getting one home on a double play ball before scratching another on a two-out ground ball error (2-0).
- Lyon designated hitter Andrew Manni (Middletown, Mass.) then beat out the backend of another double play roller, scoring Raposo in the sixth (3-0). The visiting squad then added one more on a run-scoring bunt single up the first base line that hugged the chalk off the bat of senior Willy Boyd (Orleans, Mass.) (4-0).
- The Corsair bats came to life in the sixth through senior Jack Harrington's (Barnstable, Mass.) sac fly to left to reel in senior JR DiSarcina (Barnstable, Mass.) (4-1). UMass Dartmouth then halved the deficit on a balk call that allowed senior Chris Wood (Berkley, Mass.) trot home (4-2).
- The Lyons restored its lead back to four in the seventh on an RBI knock from senior Jared Sharkey (West Bridgewater, Mass.) to precede a Bryant Salkind (Rochester, Mass.) run producing ground out (6-2).
- UMass Dartmouth looked to tap into its late inning magic exhibited at points earlier this season with a run in the ninth, but the newly-inserted Manni shut the door for the save.
Inside the Numbers
- With a pair of hits today, DiSarcina tied junior Mike Knell (Dennis, Mass.) and Wood for the team lead (17). The shortstop's average now sits at .333.
- Corsair pitching has yielded 96 runs to this point, however 26 have been unearned.
- In his last three games, Harrington has five hits, four runs scored, and four RBI.
Wheaton returns home to host New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opponent Coast Guard on Saturday for a twin bill tabbed for a 12 p.m. start. The Blue and Gold hit the road to begin Little East Conference (LEC) play with a doubleheader at Eastern Connecticut on Sunday, also slated for a noon start.
(Recap, Photo by Kyle Diangkinay '19, Athletic Commuications Graduate Assistant)