The Springfield College baseball team picked up an impressive 9-5 win over Wheaton College at Archie Allen Field on Tuesday for its 11th win and third NEWMAC victory of the season.
It was a back and forth affair through five innings, until Springfield took the lead for good with a four-run sixth inning.
“We were able to finish with a lead,” Springfield head coach Mark Simeone said. “That was a step forward; being able to finish a good team off late.”
After allowing an early run to cross in the first inning, the Pride answered with two of its own in the bottom half. With one out, Jack Cooney and Mark Joao (3-4, 2 R) hit consecutive singles, giving Jake Gleason and Noah Bleakley opportunities to tie the game.
Bleakley came through with a triple that one hopped off of the right field fence, scoring Joao and Cooney. The freshman drove in another in the third inning with a jam shot sacrifice fly, giving the Pride a 3-1 lead.
Wheaton responded in the next inning with four runs. Two singles to lead off the inning coupled with Jimmy Gianquitti reaching on a fielder’s choice gave the Lyons bases loaded with nobody out.
Starter Joe Gamache surrendered two more singles to the next two batters, tying the game at three. A fielder’s choice and a sac fly gave Wheaton a 5-3 lead before the senior was taken out.
Jack Weinberger came in relief, and pitched 3.1 extraordinary innings out of the bullpen. He surrendered just three hits while striking out five, and let no one cross the plate.
While Weinberger kept Springfield in the game, the offense went off for six unanswered runs in the fifth and six innings to build a comfortable lead.
“Jack Weinberger did a good job of coming in after Joe Gamache keeping them at bay, giving us a chance to have a big inning ourselves,” Simeone said.
In the fifth inning, Bleakley broke through again with an RBI triple; this time to the right field fence. Cam Rivest followed that up with a single the next at-bat to tie the game at five.
In the sixth inning, the first three batters reached base, setting up bases loaded with no outs for Cooney. The freshman laced a single into centerfield, scoring Brandon Russo and Pete Marsicano (2-3). Joao drew a walk in the ensuing at-bat, then Jake Gleason got hit by a pitch to bring in Chad Shade (2-4) from third.
After a pitching change, Bleakley stepped the plate and drove in Cooney (2-5) with a sacrifice fly, making it 9-5. He finished with a career day at the plate, going 2-2 with five RBI.
“I saw the ball really well today. I started to pull the ball, which I haven’t done in the past,” Bleakley said.
After Weinberger, Cole Donovan came in for the final six outs and earned the save.
“It feels good. We played well today against a good team. We got 15 hits, and some guys had some big days,” Simeone said.
Springfield returns to Archie Allen on Wednesday, as it takes on MCLA in a non-conference matchup. First pitch will be at 3:30 p.m.
Featured photo courtesy of Reef Rogers