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Friday, May 6, 2011
Beede does it all, Mullaney flashes glove for LA

By Brendan Hall

GROTON, Mass. -- The major league scouts on hand for Tyler Beede's starts this year at Lawrence Academy -- always in droves -- have been in for an extra treat lately.

Yes, it was another terrific showing on the mound today for the Vanderbilt-bound senior righthander, who struck out 12 and allowed three hits in a complete game, 7-0 shutout of Belmont Hill, to improve to 9-2 overall remain in first place in the ISL at 8-0. But he continues to show his versatility, evidenced by his day at the plate in the leadoff spot, (3 for 3, walk, double, triple, RBI) and on the basepath (two runs, stolen base).

"The reality is, this was a hell of a team we beat, and a hell of a team effort," LA head coach Chris Margraf said. "But yeah, Tyler's a dynamic guy. In the leadoff hole, he gets on for us, he hits home runs for us, so he sets the tone. But this was a good team effort overall."

True, this was another satisfying start for the 6-foot-4 righty, who hit 93 miles per hour on the radar guns today, and worked in his sharp curve both inside and away on pitchers' counts to keep the talented Belmont Hill lineup honest -- including Wake Forest commit Colin Egan, who got rung up for a hat trick. But after so much routine dominance from their ace, the sixth-inning web gem from sophomore shortstop Sean Mullaney got the loudest ovation of the day.

With one out and a man on first, BH's Sean MacPhee slapped a 1-1 pitch straight up the middle, and Mullaney snagged the grounder as he dove backwards, but got the throw over to first in time for the second out of the inning.

"That definitely fires us up," Beede said. "He's a great player, young player, and he's going to be great when he becomes a senior. He's showing the glove, and he's hitting the ball well too."

Said Margraf, "This kid's got great hands, he's real quick. It's plays like that in a game, where all of a sudden, you know, Tyler's not striking 17 or 18 guys out, you don't plan on that. You get your outs when you can get your outs."

That defensive flair was preceded by a four-run third inning, starting with junior Brady Burns' sacrifice fly to right that scored Mullaney. Three at bats later, with two outs and two runners in scoring position, junior catcher Kevin Wnukowski cranked a 2-2 fastball over the short porch in right-center for a three-run shot and 5-0 lead.

Beede gave the Spartans their initial lead in the bottom of the first, notching a double and then stealing third before coming home on a Joe Napolitano grounder into left-center. Dan Giocacchini added an insurance run in the sixth, scoring on a fielders' choice.