CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA >> Wheaton (21-5) scored two runs in the first inning and never looked back as it handed Rowan University a 6-0 defeat in the Profs’ first game of the NCAA Division III World Series at Veterans Memorial Stadium June 4.
Rowan (29-5) will next play on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against the loser of the Salisbury-SUNY Cortland game, which is being played late Friday night.
Wheaton jumped out from the start as leadoff batter Brody Ashley doubled off Profs’ starter Drew Ryback. The third batter, Jacob Studley, then hit a two-run home run to give the Lyons an early 2-0 lead. Wheaton added one more when Andrew Spirito had an RBI single.
The Profs didn’t get their first hit of the night off Griffin Young until the fifth inning, when Eric DiDomenico singled. But Rowan couldn’t capitalize and Wheaton would go up, 4-0, in the fourth as Patrick Santorella had doubled and eventually scored.
Christian Bascunan relieved Ryback in the seventh and got out of a bases-loaded-jam by forcing a pop up.
Ryan Mostrangeli had a single in the seventh, and then advanced to second on a Wheaton wild pitch, but the Profs could not bring him home.
Jason O’Neill entered the game for the Profs in the eighth, but Wheaton got one more run when Nick Croteau singled and was eventually brought home on a sacrifice fly by George Mulcahy.
Young pitched a complete game and held the Profs to just five hits. Ryback (9-2) suffered the loss, going 6.1 innings.
“I have to give a lot credit to Wheaton’s pitcher. He did a fantastic job and had first-pitch strikes all day. He kept our hitters off balance and he was as good as anyone we’ve seen this year,” said head coach Mike Dickson. “On our end, Drew wasn’t as good as he normally is. He was up in the zone early but got better as the game went on. They did a very good of taking advantage of some mistakes that we had.”