Bears Turn Triple Play and Ride Freshmen Pitching to Victory
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman Colton Cannon allowed just one earned run over six innings and Coast Guard turned a triple play in the fifth inning enroute to a 7-4 win over Salem State in the Bears southern swing opener at the Gene Cusic Classic.
Salem State, the defending MASCAC champions, who also return seven of their nine starters managed just one earned run in the game to drop to 2-1 on the season.
Cannon (1-1) scattered seven hits and allowed three runs, one earned, while walking two and fanning three to pickup his first collegiate win. Freshman Eric Vrissis pitched the final three innings and allowed just two hits and an unearned run in his collegiate debut to pick up the save.
Freshman Kyle Jackson had three hits including a double and two RBI's while junior Danny Sabourin added a pair of hits and drove in a run in the win.
Coast Guard (1-2) had single runs in the first, second and third innings. Senior Dave Wolinski's RBI ground out in the first gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. Jackson's sacrifice fly scored sophomore Kyle Wood, who led off the second with a walk to make the score 2-0.
The Vikings scored in the home half of the second before junior Matt Hanks doubled to lead off the third before Wolinski's RBI double made the score 3-1.
Freshman Brendan McNeil's first career hit, a bases loaded two-run single, highlighted a four-run fifth as the Bears took a 7-1 lead. Jackson also had an RBI single to score McNeil before an RBI ground out by Sabourin.
Salem State was looking to answer right back as the Vikings got back-to-back singles to start the fifth before freshman Andrew Deloury lined into a triple play. He hit a rocket caught by sophomore shortstop Mark Behne, who flipped to Hanks and second who then threw to sophomore first baseman Cory Sonnega to complete the rare feat.
Salem State got two unearned runs in the sixth on a two-run single by freshman Alex Toomey following a pair of errors to make the score 7-3.
The Vikings got the final run, also unearned, in the ninth before Vrissis got back-to-back flyouts to left to preserve the win.
Coast Guard is back in action on Sunday, when the Bears take on Salve Regina in a doubleheader which will begin at 10 a.m. at the Gene Cusic Classic.
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