NORTON, Mass. – Wheaton, ranked No. 24 in the latest D3baseball.com Top 25 poll, claimed a 4-0 victory over Coast Guard Academy in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Thursday at Sidell Stadium.
Wheaton junior right-hander Mike Gibbons spun a seven inning, four-hit gem alongside one walk and a game-high five strikeouts to bump his record to 4-0 on the season. Senior Mike McGinnis struck out two hitters and issued one walk in the eighth, while classmate Ryan Grant closed out the ninth giving up one hit and recording a strikeout.
Coast Guard sophomore Sean Barry pitched well for the Bears allowing four hits, one run (earned), no walks and three strikeouts, but took the loss. Classmate Kyle Wood shut out the Lyons over the last three innings of the contest yielding two hits and a walk after junior Andrew Lucak pitched a pair of innings out of the pen.
Sophomore Matt Lavanchy lifted the Blue and White to a 1-0 advantage in the first with an RBI single up the middle scoring classmate Jimmy Smith from third with one out. Smith set up the scoring by placing a perfect bunt down the third base line for a leadoff hit, advanced to second on a ground out to third and moved up one more base on a wild pitch.
In the fourth, Wheaton increased its lead to 2-0 as freshman Joseph Santigate dropped a two-out run-producing single into the right-center field gap between both of Coast Guard's outfielders. Junior Mike Bisceglia worked a six-pitch leadoff walk and advanced to second on a ground out to the right side of the infield before scoring on Santigate's two-out base knock.
Bisceglia added to the gap with a two-run double down the left field line in the fifth plating Lavanchy and junior Justin Peluso.
Lavanchy finished the contest going 2-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI, while Santigate, senior Kevin Foley and freshman Joshua LaJoie all had multi-hit games. Coast Guard sophomore Mark Behne collected two of the Bears five hits in the contest.
Wheaton (23-8-1, 12-2 NEWMAC) will play MIT tomorrow in game one of a three-game set against the Engineers on the road at 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, Wheaton and MIT are scheduled to play a doubleheader in Norton, Mass. with game one beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Coast Guard (11-17, 6-8 NEWMAC) travels to Clark University tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. for game one of a three-game weekend set against the Cougars. The Bears are battling for the fifth and final spot in the NEWMAC tournament and are currently one game out of the fifth and final spot.