Bears Clinch NEWMAC Tourney Berth With 7-5 Win
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Freshman Kyle Wood pitched six solid innings and Coast Guard scored three runs in the first as Coast Guard clinched a spot in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament with a 7-5 win over Springfield.
Springfield falls to 10-15 overall and 7-11 league action, while Coast Guard, which has won five of its last six, improves to 19-11 overall and 9-6 in conference play.
Both teams totaled 12 hits in the contest, with Coast Guard's Tyler Babkiewich (2 RBI's) and Nolan Gallagher each recording three hits in the win. For the Pride, Mike McGowan produced a team-best three hits.
Coast Guard got off to a hot start hitting four-straight singles in the first to drive in three runswith RBI singles by both Gallagher and Babkiewich.
In the bottom half, Frank Calabrese walked before McGowan hit a rocket into right field, scoring Calabrese as McGowan coasted into third with a triple.
In the third inning, Ed Sella hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Gallagher as Coast Guard increased their lead to 4-1.
The Pride answered back again in the bottom half, thanks to Jared Hopkins leading off the frame with a single before eventually moving to third. After falling behind in the count, Sean Smith was able to produce a sac fly of his own to make it a two-run game.
The teams traded runs in the fifth and sixth to allow Coast Guard to own a 5-3 lead heading into the ninth. The Bears tacked on two more on a Babkiewich single and an error by Springfield, pushing lead to four.
The Pride made a late rally with two outs when pinch hitter Brett Poulin singled in McGowan and Matt Milano also had an RBI single to plate Smith, but senior closer Tyler Vieira was able to force the ground out to end the rally.
Travis Lane suffered his second loss on the season going 5.0 innings giving up 10 hits and allowing five runs. Reliever Peter Baranski pitched the last four innings allowing two runs and striking out four.
Wood picked up the victory, going six innings and scattering six hits while surrendering up three runs. Senior Curt Barrett threw a pair of scoreless innings in relief with three strikeouts before Vieira was touched for two runs in the ninth.
Coast Guard is back in action on Wednesday when the Bears host Wesleyan at 4 p.m.