Springfield, Mass - April 2, 2019 - The Springfield College baseball team dropped a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest, 12-3, to Wheaton on Tuesday afternoon at Archie Allen Field. The loss drops the Pride to 9-9 overall and 3-3 in conference play, while Wheaton, which was No. 23 in the latest American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III National Rankings, improves to 15-4 on the year and 6-0 against league opponents.
Sophomore Dakota Aldrich (Ellington, Conn.) got into some early trouble as an error and a pair of walks allowed the Lyons to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Aldrich was able to pitch around the threat and induce a ground ball that would end the inning with the bases loaded and the damage minimal. Springfield College would crack the scoring column in the next inning as an opposite-field double from Jack Simonetty (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) was followed up by a Ryan Smith (Millis, Mass.) base hit to center field that would plate Simonetty and even the game at 1-1 for the Pride.
Wheaton would again strike when a couple of hits and a stolen base to start off the frame allowed the Lyons to push a second run across the plate. Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.) would come in to relieve Aldrich early in the third inning with runners on the corners and just one out. The left-hander was able to fight his way out of the jam allowing just one of the runners to come in to score, leaving the Lyons up 3-1 going into the bottom of the third. Comment would find some trouble with Wheaton's offense as an error, a hit batsman, and a trio of hits plated a run for the Lyons and left the bases loaded with no outs. A Sac-fly and a bases-clearing double would be the end of the game for Comment as he gave way to Kenny Walton (New Providence, Pa.) with one out in the fifth and the score 7-1 Wheaton. Walton was able to get a fly out and a grounder to stop the onslaught at 8-1.
After allowing three more runs, Springfield showed signs of life in the seventh inning, loading the bases with just one out and Eduardo Martinez (Southwick, Mass.) up to the plate. Martinez registered a RBI walk to bring the deficit to nine, but the Pride ultimately fell, 12-3, to the visiting Lyons.
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