Springfield, Mass. -- April 3, 2012 -- Corey Laliberte pitched and Sean Ryan batted the Wheaton College baseball team to a 16-0 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference victory over Springfield College this afternoon at Berry-Allen Field. With the win, Wheaton, ranked #2 in New England, is now 17-3 overall, 9-2 in the league. Springfield is now 10-8 overall, 4-3 in the NEWMAC.
It was a 2-0 lead for the Lyons after four innings. But Wheaton added four in the fifth inning, one in the seventh, three more in the eighth, and six more in the ninth.
Laliberte, a junior right-hander from Fall River, Mass., hurled eight innings of scoreless ball, giving up only seven hits, walking four, and striking out one. Freshman right-hander Ben Johnson (Cambridge, Mass.) pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for the Lyons.
For the Pride, sophomore right-hander Eric Chase (Vernon, Conn.), the first of four SC pitchers, gave up six runs on six hits in six innings. Only two of his runs were earned. SC committed four errors on the afternoon.
The remaining three pitchers gave up 10 runs in the final three innings.
For Wheaton, junior right-fielder Sean Ryan (Norton, Mass.) stroked three hits in five at-bats, knocking in a pair of runs.
Four others had two hits each for the Lyons. They were senior center-fielder Hal Landers (Salem, N.H.), junior shortstop Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H.), freshman first baseman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I.), and senior second baseman Dan Demeo (Glastonbury, Conn.).
For Springfield, seven different players had one hit apiece, including sophomore third baseman Frank Calabrese (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) and senior DH Karl Quist (New Preston, Conn.) with doubles.
The winning run came in the third inning. Demeo singled, advancing to second on an overthrow to first. With two outs, Jensen singled him home. In the fourth inning, Ryan began the frame with a double down the left field line. He then scored on a sacrifice fly by De la Cruz.
In the four-run fifth, Wheaton scored four runs on just one hit. The Lyons were aided by two errors. The final run of the inning came home on a sacrifice fly by Ryan.
Springfield next plays at Wheaton tomorrow (Wednesday) at 3:30 pm.