Bears Beat Wesleyan For First Time in 21 Years; Win 20th of Season
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Sophomore Matt Hanks had three hits and scored two runs while senior Mike Massaro added a pair of hits including the 100th of his career as Coast Guard beat Wesleyan for the first time in 21 years 8-4 in a non-conference game.
The Bears, who have won five of their last six, won their 20th game of the season for just the fourth time in school history and the second time in the last three years as they improved to 20-11 on the year. They are now just one win shy of tying the school record of 21 wins set in 1994 and 2011.
Coast Guard got on the board in the second as consecutive hits by Massaro, senior Ed Sella and senior Eric Gerken to lead off the inning loaded the bases. Massaro scored on a wild pitch before senior Joe Petry's RBI ground out gave the Bears a 2-0 lead.
The Bears scored three more in the third as Hanks led off with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by senior Nolan Gallagher. Massaro followed with an RBI single, his 100th career hit, before senior Cameron Carroll later added an RBI single for a 5-0 lead.
Wesleyan (16-11-1) scored three times in the fourth on an RBI single by sophomore Ben Hoynes, a sacrifice fly by senior Stefan Sundseth and an RBI single by sophomore Andrew Yin to cut the deficit to 5-3. Yin was thrown out at home as part of a double steal attempt later to end the inning.
The Cardinals pulled to within 5-4 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Jonathan Dennett scoring Yin, who bunted for a base hit.
Coast Guard responded in the home half of the seventh as Hanks led off with a single and moved to second on an error and scored on an RBI single by Gallagher for a 6-4 lead. Gerken had the big hit of the inning, a two-out, two-run double to push the lead to a 8-4.
Senior Tyler Vieira, who was tabbed as the pitcher of record before the game, improved to a 4-0 on the season, as he went the first four innings and allowed eight hits and three earned runs while walking one and fanning three.
Sophomore Andrew Lucak pitched a pair of hitless innings, senior Nate Toll was touched for a run in the seventh before seniors Curt Barrett and Derek Petty pitched scoreless innings to close out the Bears first win over Wesleyan since 1992.
Senior Derek Lukin (2-1) went 2 1/3 innings and allowed six hits and five runs -- three earned, while walking one and striking out one in taking the loss.
Sella and Gerken each added two hits for Coast Guard in the win.
Sophomore Donnie Cimino was 4 for 5 leading Wesleyan offensively while Yin had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 22 games. Senior Chris Bonti and Hoynes also added two hits apiece for the Cardinals.
Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow when they play at Massachusetts Maritime with first pitch set for 3:30 p.m.
Post Game Comments from head coach C.C. Grant