NEW LONDON, Conn. - Third baseman Jeremy Tanguay (3-3, RBI) tallied three hits and produced the game-winning sac fly in the top of the sixth inning to lead Westfield State past Coast Guard by a count of 3-2 in non-conference action on Monday afternoon. Westfield moves to within a game of .500 on the year with a record of 8-9 while the Bears drop to 9-14 on the season.
With runners on second and third and no outs in a 2-2 ballgame Tanguay stepped to the plate and hit a deep fly ball to left to chase home the go-ahead – and eventual game-winning – run in the top of the sixth inning. Second baseman Kyle Colesanti (1-4, run) led off the inning with a single to deep short before a throwing error on a sac bunt set up both Colesanti and catcher Evan Moorhouse (1-3) in scoring position with no outs.
The game got off to an inauspicious start for the Bears with each of the first two Westfield State batters reaching via error to give the Owls an early 1-0 lead without the ball having left the infield. After a stolen base and a groundout set up center fielder Dan McCormack (0-5, RBI, run) on third base, designated hitter Tim Santilli (0-3, RBI) produced a sac fly to give Westfield a 2-0 advantage through one inning of play.
Coast Guard would get a run back in the bottom of the second when third baseman Kyle Wood (2-4, run) singled to short, took second on a walk and scored on a botched double play ball to cut the deficit in half at 2-1.
Three innings later the Bears would tie things up with a sac fly by right fielder Kyle Jackson (0-1, RBI) to plate center fielder Blake Thompson (1-3, run) who led off the inning with a base-hit to center and advanced to third on DH Ed Lazowski's (1-2) single through the right side of the infield. Over the course of the final three innings, Coast Guard would muster just three base-runners, including getting the lead-off hitter, second baseman Matt Hanks (2-4), into scoring position in the bottom half of the eighth inning but were unable to push across the equalizer a second time.
Starter Mike Sullivan (2-0) went 6.2 innings to pick up the victory allowing just two runs (one earned) on five hits and a pair of walks while striking out for Bears. Owls closer Kevin Zyrkowski worked 2.1 innings of one-hit relief to pick up his third save of the season for Westfield State.
Right-hander Sean Barry (2-2) took the loss for Coast Guard despite not allowing an earned run in three solid innings of relief, during which time he yielded just four hits.
Southpaw Dylan Wright got the start for Coast Guard allowing two unearned runs on two hits and a walk and registering a strikeout over two innings of work. Righty Louis Simione worked a scoreless inning of one-hit, one-strikeout relief and Wood worked the final three innings, allowing just one hit and picking up a strikeout.
Coast Guard will be back in action tomorrow, April 8th when they host perennial power Wheaton for a NEWMAC match-up at Nitchman Field at 3:30 pm. Westfield State will next play on Wednesday, April 9th when they take on Nichols College at 3:30 pm.