No. 6 Wheaton bats around in first three innings en route to 19-2 win over Judges

No. 6 Wheaton bats around in first three innings en route to 19-2 win over Judges

NORTON , MA(taken from a Wheaton College press release)- The nationally-ranked Wheaton College baseball team's offense erupted for 19 runs through just three innings while running its winning streak to 16 games en route to a 19-2 non-conference victory over Brandeis University Sunday afternoon at Sidell Stadium.

The Lyons, who are ranked sixth in the country according to last week's poll, continued the program's best start with a 17-1 record. Averaging 15 runs in its past three games, Wheaton reached double figures for the 10th time this season. Brandeis fell to 10-10.

Wheaton 's offense provided junior starter Nick Kostaras (North Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro) all the run support he'd need in the first inning alone with six runs on five hits coupled with a pair of Judge miscues. The hosts chased the Brandeis starter after one before plating seven runs in the second and six more in the third to put the game away early.

With the Lyons batting around the order in each of the first three innings, sophomore Sean Munley (Trenton, NJ/The Hun School of Princeton) belted a two-run double to right center in the first, while sophomore Hadi Raad (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY/Hastings) and freshmen Dan Haugh (Andover, MA/Saint John's Prep) and Hal Landers (Salem, NH/Salem) each had an RBI.

In the second, senior Nick Pecora's (Highland Park, NJ/Immaculata) deep bases-clearing double to right center capped a seven-run frame. Haugh and junior Paul Malaguti (Andover, MA/Andover) plated a run apiece. Landers, Malaguti, Pecora, Raad and junior Jeff Lieneck (Foxboro, MA/Xaverian Brothers) each picked up an RBI in the third to complete Wheaton's scoring.

Brandeis pushed two across in the fourth on run-scoring singles from sophomore Eric Rosenberg (Oakland, NJ/Indian Hills) and freshman Sean O'Hare (Southampton, MA/Hampshire Regional) , but those proved to be the game's final runs.

Kostaras worked six innings and yielded eight hits with one strikeout to move to 2-0, while seniors Karl Olson (Bethel, ME/Gould Academy) and Josh Simmons (Cranston, RI/Cranston West) and sophomore Pat Martin (Rockland, MA/Rockland) tossed a hitless frame apiece. Judge sophomore John McGrath (New York, NY/Trevor Day School) surrendered four earned runs on five hits with one walk in the loss.

Junior Sean Buckley (Webster, MA/Bartlett) paced Wheaton's onslaught by going 3-for-5 with two runs, Malaguti finished 2-for-2 with three runs and two RBI, while Pecora went 2-for-3 with four RBI, three runs and two doubles. Munley batted 2-for-3 with three runs and a pair of RBI, Lieneck had two hits, Haugh and Raad each scored twice with two RBI, Landers plated two runs, while sophomore Eric Laliberte (Nashua, NH/Bishop Guertin) had two runs.