Wheaton (Mass.) slips by Keene State
Ryan's RBI single powers No. 17 Lyons to fourth consecutive win
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. -- Sean Ryan delivered a tie-breaking RBI single in the top of the ninth to propel No. 17 Wheaton (Mass.) to their fourth consecutive win, a 3-2 triumph against Keene State in non-conference action on Wednesday afternoon at the Central Florida Invitational.
Dan Gusovsky delivered the game-tying double in the eighth for the Lyons, who are off to a 4-1 start for the second year in a row.
Trailing 2-1 in the eighth, Haugh led off with a double and was sacrificed over to third by pinch hitter Dan Demeo. Gusovsky followed with a double to left that brought in Haugh and evened the score at two.
After the Owls went down 1-2-3 in their half of the eighth, Hal Landers drew a one-out walk for the Lyons in the top of the ninth. He advanced to second on a groundout by Eric Jensen before Ryan singled through the right side to bring him in.
Ryan Grant came on to pitch the bottom of the frame for Wheaton. He allowed two runners to reach base before fanning Chuck Vogt and Ian Seawards to earn his second save of the season.
Jordan Wylie picked up the win in relief of starter Nolan Corr, who allowed five hits and one run with three strikeouts over three innings in his first appearance of the season. After Corey Laliberte worked a pair of scoreless innings in relief of Corr, Wylie came on in the sixth and allowed one hit and one run with one strikeout.
Keene State's Greg Bates opened the scoring in the bottom of the first with a single and came around to score on a single by Erik Bergstrom, giving KSC a 1-0 lead.
Dan Haugh pulled Wheaton even with a leadoff home run in the second, his first of the season and 17th of his career, which gives him sole possession of fifth-place on Wheaton's all-time list.
The Owls pushed across a single run in their half of the sixth to regain the lead at 2-1. Bergstrom led off the inning with a double, advanced to third on a groundout and scored on an RBI groundout by Larry Longo.
Jeff Pelkey started for Keene State and allowed eight hits and one run over 6.1 innings. He walked one and struck out five. Tim Quagliaroli suffered the loss, allowing two hits and two runs in two innings of work.
Ryan, Haugh, Gusovsky, and Apolinar De la Cruz each recorded two hits for Wheaton in the victory.