Baseball Eliminated from NEWMAC Tournament
Coast Guard, seeded fourth, dropped a pair of games and the Bears were eliminated from in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament with a 7-5 loss to top-seeded Wheaton, ranked 12th nationally, before a 13-2 loss to third-seeded Babson.
Coast Guard has now dropped five straight to fall to 21-16 on the season.
The Bears will close out the regular season on Wednesday when they take on Mitchell at Dodd Stadium in Norwich at 7 p.m. The Bears will then await word on a berth in the ECAC Tournament which begins on May 8th.
In the first game of the day, Coast Guard trailed 4-0 after three innings and came all the way back to take the lead 5-4 in the seventh before the Lyons scored three times in the seventh for the 7-5 win.
Wheaton senior right-handed pitcher Frank Holbrook pushed his record to 8-1 overall on the season over six-and-one-thirds innings. Holbrook yielded five runs (all earned) on ten hits, one walk and a game-high six strikeouts. Freshman Eric Dumas gave up just one hit through one-and-two-thirds innings while junior closer Ryan Grant picked up his eighth save of the spring with a clean ninth.
Coast Guard reliever Curt Barrett took the loss allowing three runs (all earned) on two hits and two free passes in one-and-one-thirds out of the bullpen. Classmate Derek Petty was handed the no-decision through five full innings, eight hits, four runs (two earned), two walks and four punchouts.
The Lyons jumped out to a 4-0 advantage through three frames compiling seven hits during that span. A slew of seniors led the way as Sean Ryan plated Eric Jensen in the first with an RBI single to left field. In the second, Paul O'Neill had a run-producing double to center and Justin Connor made it 3-0 with a double down the left field line. Dan Gusovsky capped the scoring in the third on an RBI single through the left side.
The Bears cut into the deficit in the fourth producing three runs on five hits, one error and two runners left on base. Senior Mike Massaro brought home sophomore Matt Hanks with single through the right side of the infield and freshman Mark Behne also knocked in a pair with a hit through the same side.
Senior Ed Sella tied the game at 4-4 in the fifth with an RBI single to center field and Massaro lifted a sac fly to center in the seventh for a 5-4 gap.
Wheaton's offense responded in the next half inning with three runs on three hits, no errors and one runner left on base. After Ryan and sophomore Apolinar De la Cruz notched base hits, Gusovsky laid down a successful sacrifice bunt (1-4) to advance both runners into scoring position. Sophomore Tyler Contillo was intentionally walked to load the bases but O'Neill came through with the tying run on a ground out to the pitcher. Sophomore Justin Peluso followed with a two-run single through the left to put the Lyons ahead 5-3.
In the eighth, Dumas pitched a 1-2-3 inning recording two ground outs and Ryan closed the door in the ninth not allowing the ball to leave the infield.
Hanks, seniors Nolan Gallager and Tyler Babkiewich and Sella all compiled multi-hit games out of the 2-3-4-5 spots in the lineup for Coast Guard. De la Cruz went 3-for-5 with one run scored in the cleanup spot for Wheaton while Jensen and Ryan both had multi-hit contests.
In the second game, Babson scored four runs in the first and never looked back en route to a 13-2 win over the Bears.
Babson got off to a quick start against the Bears with four first inning runs. Sophomore Dillon Gonzalez led off with a walk, Boyce laid down a bunt single and Kucher singled through the left side, scoring Gonzalez with the game's first run. Boyce scored one batter later on a balk, Kucher came home on MacPhee's double and senior Conor Kortmann, who reached on an error, raced home on a Collins sacrifice fly to go ahead 4-0.
The Beavers plated another run in the third inning and after Coast Guard got on the board in the top of the fifth inning, Babson rallied for four runs in the bottom of the frame to take a commanding 9-1 lead. Collins plated Boyce and Kucher with a one-out single, MacPhee came home on a double steal and Collins later scored on a passed ball with two outs.
Babson tacked on another run in the seventh inning and then three more in the eighth, including a pair of runs on senior Michael Duffy's two-out single, which was more than enough for Grenier. The righthander allowed just two runs on six hits to earn his second complete-game of the season, and has now won four straight decisions dating back to April 3.
Senior Nate Toll took the loss for the Bears as he allowed five runs - four earned over the first three innings.
Sophomore Tim Betts was perfect at the plate in the second game for the Bears as he was 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles while also scoring both of the Bears runs.