PATCHOGUE, N.Y. – No. 1 Wheaton (Mass.) claimed a 17-1 victory against St. Joseph’s (L.I.) in its 2013 season opener on Saturday afternoon at Alfano Field.
Senior right-handed pitcher Frank Holbrook earned the win on six innings pitched, five hits, one run (earned), zero walks and three strikeouts. Freshman Eric Dumas tossed a pair of shutout innings to go along with four punchouts while senior Corey Laliberte pitched a clean ninth inning.
Junior Robert Hyde suffered the loss on four innings of work, seven hits, five runs (all earned), four walks and one strikeout. Classmate Thomas Moore struck out two batters in a scoreless ninth inning for the Golden Eagles.
Wheaton took an early 2-0 lead in the second as senior right fielder Paul O’Neill knocked in sophomore first baseman Apolinar De la Cruz with an RBI double to right. Freshman third baseman Mike Beneduce closed out the scoring in the inning with an RBI groundout to second base.
The Lyons made it 3-0 in the third as senior shortstop Eric Jensen singled to right field with two outs and eventually came around to score on a single from De La Cruz and a throwing error.
Wheaton busted the game open over the next three innings with seven runs on seven hits to take a 10-1 advantage. Sophomore left fielder Kevin Foley plated Beneduce and O’Neill in the fourth inning with a single up the middle for a 5-0 gap. In the sixth, Foley jumpstarted the rally with an RBI single through the right side of the infield, De la Cruz drew a bases loaded walk and senior catcher Dan Gusovsky cleared the bases with a three-run double into right-center field to cap the scoring.
Foley went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, three RBI’s and a stolen base out of the leadoff spot for the Lyons. Jensen ended the contest with a 3-for-6 performance at the plate, two runs scored and three runs batted in. Freshman second baseman Matt Lavanchy went 3-for-4 in his collegiate debut with two runs scored, two walks and three RBI.