Baseball falls to Wheaton in regular season finale, 10-0

NORTON, MA (taken from a WC press release) - In its final contest before the ECAC Tournament, the Brandeis University baseball team fell to nationally-ranked Wheaton College, 10-0 on Monday at Sidell Stadium. The Lyons, who are sixth nationally and first in New England in the American Baseball Coaches Association's (ABCA) latest polls, improved to 35-8 overall, while the Judges take a 22-14-1 mark into this weekend's ECACs.

Wheaton plated a trio of runs during each the third, fourth and sixth innings to break open a scoreless contest, beginning with three unearned runs in the third. Senior Rafael Castillo (Queens, NY/Christ The King) broke the deadlock with a suicide squeeze, while sophomores Jake Yagjian
(Brewster, MA/Nauset Regional) and Scott Guillerault (South Portland, ME/South Portland) followed with RBI singles later in the third. The Lyons tacked on three more two-out tallies in the fourth, as Castillo doubled home a pair and came around on Yagjian's single to make it 6-0.

After a brief rain delay, Brandeis loaded the bases with one down in the sixth before junior Joe White (Bedford, NH/Manchester West), the third of seven Wheaton hurlers, retired the final two batters to escape the jam unscathed. His offense responded with a trio of runs in the bottom of the inning, as Yagjian poked a two-run single into left with one down, and Castillo scored on a wild pitch with two outs. Guillerault plated Yagjian for the game's final run on an eighth-inning sacrifice fly. Of Wheaton's 10 runs, seven came with two outs.

Senior Zach Golden (Milton, MA/Lawrenceville School) was the lone Judge with multiple hits, while classmate Peter Goodridge (Salem, MA/Salem) suffered the loss after yielding a pair of unearned runs during a third of an inning of work. Eight pitchers appeared for Brandeis and combined to allow seven earned runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts and three walks.