The Springfield College baseball team took the field for the first time since playing 25 innings on Saturday at Archie Allen Field against Wheaton. In their previous meeting last week, the Pride held on for a 9-5 victory.
Going into Wednesday’s matchup, Wheaton stood atop the NEWMAC standings with a 4-1 conference record, whereas Springfield checked in at 3-1.
With a vicious downpour of rain for the first five innings of the game, Wheaton came out with a 5-0 victory.
From the start of the game, Springfield seemed to have no drive to win. The weather was certainly not in anyone’s favor, but the Lyons came much more prepared to play.
Wheaton opened up scoring with a pair of runs in the first inning. After surrendering a triple to kick off the inning, Noah Bleakley misfired Cam Rivest at first base, scoring a run from third. The runner that reached on Bleakley’s error advanced all the way to third on the play, and scored the next at-bat on a groundout.
Springfield had the potential for a big inning in the third when Jake Gleason led off with a double. However, he got picked off from second, and nothing else became of that inning. That situation pretty much sums up how the offense performed for the rest of the evening. Granted, the weather was a noticeable factor.
After the second inning, the Pride did not register another hit until the seventh inning, when Mark Joao led off with a double. Even then, when the senior moved over to third with one out, the next two batter failed to bring him home.
While that was going on, Wheaton added three more runs to jump out to a 5-0 lead. In the third inning, Naples surrendered another leadoff triple and that came around to score on a groundout. In the fourth, a leadoff single came around to score on a sacrifice fly. In the fifth, yet another leadoff triple came around to score on a groundout.
Springfield loaded the bases in the ninth with one out in a last ditch effort to make a comeback, but the last two batters failed to bring home a runner and preserved Wheaton’s shutout.
Naples went three innings, walking four batters and giving up two earned runs on three hits. Dakota Aldrich came in relief and gave up one run on two hits in 3.1 innings pitched. Offensively, Joao and Bleakley each had two hits.
The Pride returns to Archie Allen on Thursday, as it hosts Becker in a non-conference matchup. First pitch is at 4 p.m.
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