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Baseball Sees Four Game Winning Streak Come To End With 3-2 Late Inning Setback At 18th-Ranked Wheaton

Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Sidell Stadium, Norton, Mass.


NORTON, Mass.--  Freshman Hadi Raad (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.) scored on an error in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and lifted 18th-ranked Wheaton to a 3-2 non-league college baseball victory over Suffolk Wednesday afternoon at Sidell Stadium.

The host Lyons (15-4), who extended the second-longest winning streak in school history to 13 straight with the triumph, overcame an early 2-0 deficit with a pair of third inning tallies on RBI singles off the bats of juniors Robert Foote (Walpole, Mass.) and Nick Pecora (Highland Park, N.J.).  Both teams had chances to take leads in the middle innings before Raad led off the sixth with a double, advance on a sacrifice and scored on a one-out error, and junior Josh Simmons (Cranston, R.I.) took care of the rest on the mound for Wheaton, striking out the only five batters he faced to record his third save of the season.  Junior Anthony Iacopucci (Medford, Mass.) staked the visiting Rams (12-5) to that 2-0 advantage in the early innings with RBI singles in the second and third frames, as Suffolk had four runners at second base in the middle innings but were unable to capitalize, leaving a total of 15 runners on base on the day.

Foote and Pecora each had 10 hits to pace a 10-hit attack in the victory for Wheaton, which also received a pair of hits off the bat of sophomore Paul Malaguti (Andover, Mass.).  Junior Jared Barnes (North Attleboro, Mass.) picked up the win in relief for the Lyons, allowing two hits and fanning three in three innings of work, with Simmons picking up the save and escaping a jam in the eighth frame.  Iacopucci rapped out three hits to go with his two RBI in the setback for Suffolk, as senior Steve Durant (Malden, Mass.) allowed a pair of earned runs and struck out seven over six innings of work in falling to 3-2 on the mound for the Rams.

Suffolk heads to Springfield, Mass. on Thursday afternoon to take on Western New England in a non-league outing that begins at 3:30 p.m., while Wheaton travels to Worcester, Mass. to take on WPI in a NEWMAC contest that also begins at 3:30 p.m.

123 456 789  R H E
Suffolk (12-5)    011 000 000 - 2 9 1
Wheaton (15-4)    002 001 00x - 3 10 1
SUF: Steve Durant, Cody Moskovitz (7), Dan D’Elia (8) and Bobby Barrett
WHE: Brian Hughes, Jared Barnes (5), Kevin Calabro (8), Josh Simmons (8) and Jeff Lieneck
WP: Barnes (1-1)  LP: Durant (3-2)