CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Wheaton College took advantage of three MIT errors to score four unearned runs and picked up a strong pitching performance this afternoon as the Lyons completed the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference series sweep of the Engineers, 6-1. Junior Corey Laliberte (Fall River, Mass.) threw 7.1 innings of four-hit ball for Wheaton to pick up the win. Freshman Eben Bitonte (Wichita, Kan.) drove in MIT's lone run with a third inning double.
Wheaton (7-1, 3-0 NEWMAC) took advantage of an MIT (4-5, 0-3 NEWMAC) miscue in the first when junior Eric Jensen (Gorham, N.H.) reached on error and later scored on a single to center by freshman Apolinar De la Cruz (Providence, R.I.). The Engineers knotted things up in the third when freshman Reid Bishop (Cypress, Texas) stroked a one-out double just inside the third-base bag. One out later Bitonte brought him home with his double to left.
Another MIT error opened the door for a pair of Wheaton run in the top of the fourth that proved to be enough to take the win. A walk, and error and a hit batter loaded the bases for the Lyons with one down. Senior Dan Demeo (Glastonbury, Conn.) lofted a sacrifice fly to center to plate the first run and senior Hal Landers (Salem, N.H.) singled to right to put Wheaton ahead 3-1.
It stayed that way until the ninth when the Lyons put the game away with three more runs. Wheaton got back-to-back one-out hits to put two on with one down. After a fielder's choice play put runners on the corners with two away, a pair of wild pitches led to the first run of the inning. Senior Dan Hough (Andover, Mass.) singled in another run, with the final score of the frame coming in on the Engineers' third error of the day.
Laliberte had a fine outing for Wheaton, surrendering just the one run and a pair of walks as he picked up the victory. Senior David Longley (Brunswick, Maine) picked up the save with 1.2 innings of hitless relief. Junior Henry Zhu (Overland Park, Kan.) started for MIT and was the hard luck loser, giving up three runs, all unearned, and four hits over his six innings of work.
MIT will return to action on Wednesday, March 21 when it travels to Eastern Nazarene College for a 3:30 contest. Wheaton will return to action on Tuesday when it hosts Suffolk University at 3:00 p.m.