Bears Late Inning Magic Strikes Again

FORT MYERS, FLA.--(3/7/12)--Coast Guard rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Carroll 12-11 at the Gene Cusic Classic.

The Bears trailed 11-9 entering the home half of the ninth when junior Tyler Babkiewich led off with double. Junior Nolan Gallagher followed with an RBI single and later came around on an RBI ground out by junior Cameron Carroll to tie the game. Senior Eddie Kalankiewicz drew a one-out bases loaded walk to win the game as Coast Guard came-from-behind to win for the third time in the young season and improve to 3-2 on the year.

In a back and forth game, Carroll led 2-0 in the first before the Bears tied it on a two-run single by senior Chris Izurieta in the home half.

The Bears scored three times in the fourth for a 5-4 lead and then added three more in the fifth to retake the lead 8-7. Babkiewich and Gallagher each had RBI singles in the fifth.

Carroll scored three times in the sixth for a 10-8 lead. Coast Guard got one back in the sixth as freshman Mike Shannon led off with a walk and came around on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 10-9.

Izurieta had two hits and four RBI's while Kalankiewicz, Babkiewich, Gallagher and junior Joe Petry each added two hits for Coast Guard.

Junior closer Tyler Vieira (2-0) picked up the win in relief as he worked one inning and stuck out a batter before the Bears scored the three runs in the ninth.

Freshman Anthony Martin started and went 3 1/3 innings allowing five hits and a pair of earned runs. Senior Curt Barrett worked 2 1/3 innings of quality relief once again allowing an unearned run and three hits before giving way to Vieira in the ninth.

Coast Guard was not as sharp defensively as they have been all season as the Bears made a season-high seven errors, however junior Eric Gerken and Kalankiewicz each threw out runners from the outfield to kill Carroll rallies.