Bears knock Owls off their perch in Westfield
WESTFIELD, Mass.– Senior Mike Massaro rapped a two-run single in the top of the 11th inning, and senior Tyler Vieira pitched three innings of effective relief to lead Coast Guard Academy to a 9-7 extra-inning victory over Westfield State University in a non-conference matchup today.
With the victory, the Bears boosted their record to 15-10 while Westfield falls to 9-10 on the year.
Senior Nolan Gallagher led off the top of the 11th with a single to left-center and classmate Ed Sella reached safely following a throwing error on his sac bunt attempt. A balk moved the runners up a base then Massaro delivered his game-winning hit down the right field line.
Vieira (3-0) entered the game to start the ninth and threw three innings of shutout ball. The senior sidewinder allowed one hit and no walks while striking out four.
Also delivering a big hit for the was senior Tyler Babkiewich, who stroked a two-out, two-run double in the eighth inning to give Coast Guard a 7-6 lead. Westfield tied the score in the home half of the eighth on sophomore Dan Rokitowki's two-out RBI double over the left fielder's head.
Westfield struck first, taking a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Sophomore Pat McWilliams doubled and scored on an infield throwing error. Later in the inning fellow sophomore Jeremy Tanguay had a sacrifice fly.
The Bears scored four runs in the third on four hits, including a two-run triple by Gallagher to claim a 4-2 lead. Sella and senior Cameron Carroll followed with RBI singles.
The Owls scored a run in the fifth when senior Kevin Greene singled and scored on classmate Andrew Medeiros' double. Coast Guard countered with a run of their own in the seventh when Babkiewich walked, moved to second on a sac hit, and scored on Sella's single up the middle.
Westfield scored three runs on only two hits in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead. The Owls were aided by two fielding errors, a balk, and a wild pitch that scored a run.
Coast Guard outhit Westfield, 14-11. Babkiewich, Gallagher, Massaro and junior Lucas Laplante each had two hits for the Bears in the victory.
Freshman Kyle Wood got the nod on the hill for Coast Guard throwing six solid innings, allowing just three runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while also recording a strikeout.
The Bears return to action on Wednesday, April 11th with a 3:30 home matchup against another MASCAC school when Framingham State comes to town.