Bears Bats Explode in 13-3 Win over Drew

FORT MYERS, Fla.—Freshman Kyle Wood pitched five solid innings to pick up his first collegiate win and the Bears pounded out a season-high 14 hits as six players had two or more hits leading Coast Guard to a 13-3 win over Drew at the Gene Cusic Classic.

Senior Cameron Carroll led the Bears with three hits and an RBI. Seniors Eric Gerken, Tyler Babkiewich and Ed Sella each had two hits and two RBI's while senior Nolan Gallagher and sophomore Matt Hanks each had two hits and an RBI in the win as Coast Guard improved to 3-2 on the season.

Wood went five solid innings and allowed four hits and a pair of earned runs while walking three and striking out two to pick up his first collegiate win.

Sophomore Andrew Lucak pitched three innings of solid relief allowing a pair of hits and one earned run while walking three and striking out two. Senior Tyler Vieira pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning for Coast Guard.

"It was a good bounce back game for us after the bad loss yesterday," said Coast Guard head coach C.C. Grant. "We played the way I expect us to play everytime we take the field. We took advantage of everything that they gave us, Kyle Wood and Andrew Lucak gave us solid pitching performances and he hit the ball well, I can't ask for anything more."

Senior Mike Massaro's RBI single scored Gerken, who reached on a one-out single to give Coast Guard a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first.

The Bears added three runs in the second as Sella led off with a single, Carroll followed with a double before freshman Cory Sonnega reached on an error to load the bases. Hanks was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Senior Joe Petry  added an RBI ground out and Gerken's sacrifice fly gave Coast Guard a 4-0 lead.

Drew got on the board with a single run in the third.

In the fourth, the Bears added four more runs as Hanks singled, stole second and scored on an RBI single by Gerken. Babkiewich's RBI single then scored Petry, who reached on a walk before Sella's two-run single gave the Bears an 8-1 lead.

Carroll added an RBI single in the sixth as the Bears took a 9-2 lead.

The Bears added two more runs in the seventh on an RBI triple by Babkiewich and an RBI double by Gallagher to push the lead to 11-2.

Coast Guard added two more runs in the eighth on an RBI ground out by Sonnega and a pinch hit sacrifice fly by sophomore Blake Thompson to close the scoring.

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday at 4 p.m. against Gettyburg at the Gene Cusic Classic.







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