NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Nate Toll pitched six innings without allowing an earned run while classmate Ed Sella's three-run double highlighted a four-run seventh leading Coast Guard to an 8-6 win over WPI in the first game of a three-game series in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play.
Toll allowed seven hits and three unearned runs while walking two and striking out five to improve to 2-0 on the season. Senior Curt Barrett worked two innings and allowed one hit and a pair of unearned runs. Senior Tyler Vieira worked the ninth and allowed a pair of hits and WPI's first earned run of the game to pick up his third save of the season.
WPI scored two unearned runs in the second and another in the top of the fifth to take a 3-0 lead before Coast Guard scored four times in the fifth to take the lead for good 4-3.
In the Bears fifth, Sella led off with a single, senior Cameron Carroll followed with a single and junior Dave Wolinski walked to load the bases. Sophomore Blake Thompson drew a walk to score a run before a double play cut the deficit to 3-2.
Wolinski scored on an error before senior Tyler Babkiewich's RBI single gave the Bears the 4-3 lead.
Three straight walks loaded the bases in the home half of the seventh before senior Mike Massaro was hit by a pitch to make the score 5-3. Sella then ripped his three-run double to make the score 8-3.
WPI scored twice in the eighth, on walk, single by senior Shane Sampson and a pair of errors cutting the deficit to 8-5, but they left runners on the corners.
In the ninth, and RBI ground out by junior David Trujillo made the score 8-6, but a flyout to center ended the game.
Sophomore Andrew Portera (1-3) worked the first five innings and allowed four hits and four runs, two earned while walking six and fanning two in taking the loss.
Freshman D.J. Ouellette was 4 for 5 with a double and RBI and two runs scored to lead WPI offensively while Sampson added two hits for the Engineers (5-10, 1-3).
Sella had two of Coast Guard's five hits in the win. The Bears improved to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
The teams conclude the three-game series with a doubleheader at Coast Guard on Saturday at noon. WPI will be the home team in both games as the doubleheader was supposed to be played in Worcester, but poor field conditions changed the site.
Post Game Comments from Head Coach C.C. Grant