NORTON, Mass. – Regionally-ranked Wheaton College junior infielder Justin Peluso delivered a walk-off, bases loaded infield single to propel the Lyons past UMass Boston, 5-4, in 12 innings at Sidell Stadium in non-conference action on Tuesday evening.
With two outs in the bottom of the 12th inning, Peluso one-hopped a 3-2 offering to Beacons' (14-20) junior shortstop Bryan Failla (Torrington, Conn.) who made a slick diving stop to his right but upon getting up from the infield dirt Failla did not have a throw at any base allowing Wheaton junior Apolinar De La Cruz to score the game-winning run from third.
De La Cruz led off the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by classmate Mike Bisceglia to initiate the offense. After sophomore Justin Silvestro was intentionally walked to set up a potential inning-ending double play situation, Foley grounded out to first advancing both runners. Junior catcher Zach Horton followed with a six-pitch walk to load the bases and set up the game-winning RBI at-bat for Peluso.
The Lyons claimed an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning as De La Cruz drove in his team-leading 30th RBI on a fielder's choice. The Beacons evened the score in the fifth with a run-producing triple off the bat of senior outfielder Jamill Moquete (Boston, Mass.) to left-center.
In the seventh, UMass Boston jumped ahead by a 3-2 margin on a throwing error and RBI single up the middle from freshman Daniel Mantoni (Northbridge, Mass.) before the Lyons took advantage of a throwing error in the eighth to tie the game at 3-3.
Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the tenth inning when UMass Boston junior outfielder Anthony Gomes-Sirianni (San Francisco, Calif.) plated the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice.
Horton forced play to continue in the bottom half of the tenth as he dropped down a perfect sacrifice bunt down the first base line scoring Bisceglia from third. Bisceglia worked a leadoff walk despite being down 0-2 in the count, advanced to second after Silvestro was hit-by-a-pitch and then both runners advanced an extra base on a balk.
Mike Koperniak earned the win in relief throwing a clean 12th inducing a pop out, ground out and fly out in the frame. Senior reliever Tom Cole (Mattapoisett, Mass.) took the loss on 1 2/3 innings, two hits, one run (earned) and two walks. Junior starter Steve Roche (Worcester, Mass.) went five innings, yielded just two hits, two runs (one earned) and one walk. Classmate Josh Cummiskey (Lowell, Mass.) also threw a scoreless sixth inning.
Junior Bryan Dupre (Chicopee, Mass.) led the Beacons as he went 2-for-2 with his first career double and a run scored. Kyle Szatrowski (Agawam, Mass.) also finished with a pair of hits as the junior went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Moquete's triple marked the 10th of his career and fifth of the season.
The Beacons visit Saint Joseph's (Me.) at 5 p.m. tomorrow evening.
Information for this release provided by Wheaton College Sports Information Department