Offense awakens from hibernation as Bears come from behind
NEW LONDON, Conn.-All nine starters recorded a hit and scored a run as the Coast Guard baseball team tallied a come-from-behind win against cross-town rival Mitchell College today in non-conference action. Eleven different players recorded hits on the day for Coast Guard (13-8) as they defeated Mitchell (10-8) for the fifth consecutive time, dating back to 2008.
With Coast Guard leading 11-9 entering the seventh, senior Riley Beecher (3-1) came on to pitch but surrendered a pair of runs in the top of the seventh that allowed the Mariners to tie the game at 11. In the bottom half, sophomore Blake Thompson lined a single to right that scored one run before Mitchell's freshman right fielder Neftali Arroyo booted the ball allowing a second run to cross, this time giving Coast Guard the lead for good.
The Bears put themselves behind the proverbial eight ball early on by spotting Mitchell four unearned runs in the top of the first inning on just one hit. This came courtesy of three errors, a walk, and a hit batsman. The responded quickly though as back-to-back one out doubles by freshman Mark Behne and senior Nolan Gallagher got Coast Guard on the scoreboard. The Bears would use three more hits in the inning to knot the game at 4-4.
The tie would be short-lived, however, as Mitchell used two more Coast Guard errors and two hits to put up yet another four spot in the top of the second for an 8-4 lead.
The pitching would settle in a bit from there, as neither team scored again until Mitchell scored an unearned run in the top of the fourth Coast Guard pushed across two runs of their own in the bottom half on a Gallagher sac fly and an RBI-single by senior Mike Massaro.
The Bears would tie things up at 9-9 in the fifth with a 2-run single to left by Lukas Laplante and a bases loaded walk by Massaro. Coast Guard would take their first lead of the game in the next inning as senior Cameron Carroll came in to score from third on a wild pitch with classmate Joe Petry at the dish. Petry followed that run up with a double to left before coming in to score on another base-hit by Laplante.
The Coast Guard bullpen had a solid day as freshman Kyle Wood, senior Nate Toll, Beecher, Barrett, and Vieira combined to work seven innings, allowing three runs (two earned) and four hits while recording five strikeouts and a trio of 1-2-3 innings.
The Bears return to action on Friday, April 5th against nationally-ranked Wheaton (Mass.) College (12-5) at 3:30. Coast Guard will return home for a double header against Wheaton on Saturday, April 6th at noon.
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