Bears Have Big First Inning and Ride Vrissis' Arm to Victory
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman Eric Vrissis threw six scoreless innings allowing just four singles in his first collegiate start and Coast Guard scored five runs in the first inning and cruised to an 11-5 win over Elms at the Gene Cusic Classic.
Junior Matt Hanks had a two-run single in the first before sophomore Kyle Wood followed with a two-run double to deep center and came around on a wild pitch as the Bears led 5-0 after a half an inning of play.
Junior Blake Thompson had a sacrifice fly in the second to give the Bears a 6-0 lead. Sophomore Ed Lazowski had led off the inning with a single, his first collegiate hit, and stole second before scoring.
Coast Guard got three more runs in the fifth with freshman Kyle Jackson delivering an RBI single and Lazowski driving in a run on a ground out pushing the lead to 9-0.
The Bears added two more in the sixth as senior Lukas Laplante ripped an RBI double to center and Wood added an RBI single to push the score to 11-0.
Vrissis (1-0) walked four and struck out three to get the Bears.
Wood led the way with three hits including a triple and three RBI's while sophomore Mark Behne, and Laplante each added two hits in the win for Coast Guard which improved to 2-3 on the trip and 2-5 on the season.
Coast Guard is back in action on Friday in a doubleheader against Defiance at 10 a.m. at the Gene Cusic Classic.
POST GAME COMMENTS BY HEAD COACH C.C. GRANT