Bears Split with Castleton

NEW LONDON, CONN.--(3/18/12)--Coast Guard scored a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the 11th to win the opener 5-4 before Castleton salvaged a split of the non-conference doubleheader with a 4-3 win in the night cap.

Coast Guard was leading 3-1 into the seventh and final inning of the opener before the Spartans scored twice with two outs on an RBI triple by junior Ryan Zielinski and an RBI single by sophomore Joe Borowski off Coast Guard closer Tyler Vieira to tie the game 3-3.

The game stayed tied at 3-3 until the top of the 11th when Zielinski's RBI double scored senior David Brandt, who doubled with two out as Castleton took a 4-3 lead.

In the home half of the 11th, junior Tyler Babkiewich reached on an error, junior Mike Massaro had an infield single and junior Nolan Gallagher walked to load the bases before junior Eric Gerken's grounder to second was misplayed allowing two runs to score giving Coast Guard the win.

Vieira (3-1) worked the final six innings and allowed eight hits and three runs, all earned while walking two and striking out seven to get the win. Junior James Diddell was outstanding as the pitched the first five innings allowing just a pair of singles while walking four and striking out two.

Junior Tyler Erickson (0-2) was the tough luck loser as he went the distance for Castleton working 10 1/3 innings allowing just seven hits and five runs, three earned, while walking four and striking out six.

Zielinski was 4 for 5 with a pair or RBI's while junior Cameron Curler had a pair of hits for the Spartans in the game one loss.

Massaro had two of the Bears seven hits in the opener.

Senior Dakota Aker (1-1) went the distance in game two for Castleton allowing eight hits and three earned runs while walking six and striking out nine.

Coast Guard took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI double by junior Ed Sella before Castleton scored all four of its runs in the third as Borowski and sophomore Allen White had back-to-back one-out RBI singles before sophomore Matt McNamee's two-out, two-run single pushed the lead to 4-1.

The Bears scored two in the home half of the third on and RBI single by Sella before Gallagher, who walked, later scored on a wild pitch.

Coast Guard left the bases loaded in the sixth and Sella led off the bottom of the seventh with a double, his third hit of the game, but was left stranded.

Freshman Anthony Martin (1-2) started for Coast Guard and was touched for nine hits and four earned runs with four walks and seven strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. Senior Chris Martin threw two hitless innings before classmate Nick Peters got two outs in the seventh.

McNamee was 3 for 3 while Borowski had two hits for the Spartans in game two and junior Joe Petry had two hits for the Bears in the game two loss.

Coast Guard is 7-7 overall while Castleton is now 2-7 on the season.