Bears Drop Florida Finale

FORT MYERS, FLA.--(3/10/12)--Salem State scored an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth and beat Coast Guard 5-4 in the Bears final game at the Gene Cusic Classic.

Coast Guard which got a solid outing from starting pitcher Riley Beecher, led 4-2 after six innings before the Vikings scored twice in the seventh to tie the game before taking the lead in the eighth.

Beecher posted the Bears best start of the season as he went seven innings and allowed seven hits and four runs, just two earned while walking two and striking out one.

Junior closer Tyler Vieira (2-1) came on to start the eighth and got stuck with the loss as the unearned run scored with two outs.

Junior Nolan Gallagher's RBI single in the first gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. Coast Guard trailed 2-1 before scoring twice in the fifth as senior Eddie Kalankiewicz walked was sacrificed to second, stole third and scored on a throwing error by the catcher before junior Tyler Babkiewich doubled, stole third and another throwing error allowing him to score as the Bears took a 3-2 lead.

Coast Guard added a run in the sixth on an RBI double by Babkiewich for a 4-2 lead. Babkiewich was 3 for 4 with three doubles as he accounted for three of Coast Guard's four hits.

The Bears return north with a record of 3-5 and open the northern portion of the schedule on Wednesday at Johnson & Wales.