WORCESTER, Mass. — Freshman Colton Cannon went 6 2/3 innings to pick up the win and six different Coast Guard players drove in a run leading the Bears to a 7-4 win over WPI in the first game of a three-game New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) series at Worcester State.
Cannon (3-2) took a shutout into the seventh before being touched for four runs, three earned. He allowed six hits, walked five and struck out five. Junior Blake Thompson allowed just one hit over the final two innings to pick up the first save of his career.
Coast Guard improves to 10-15 overall and 5-6 in the NEWMAC while WPI drops to 14-10 overall and 7-4 in conference play.
The Bears jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first as Thompson led off the game with a single and came around on an RBI ground out by sophomore Kyle Wood for the first run. Senior Lukas Laplante added an RBI single before sophomore Ed Lazowski drew a bases loaded walk for a 3-0 lead.
Coast Guard added single runs in the second and third innings as junior Matt Hanks stole home in the second as part of a double steal and junior Danny Sabourin's RBI ground out in the third pushed the lead to 5-0.
The Bears added a run in the sixth on an RBI single by senior Dave Wolinski and one more in the seventh on an RBI single by Hanks as the Bears increased the lead to 7-0.
WPI got four runs all with two outs in the seventh to chase Cannon. Sean Greene's two-run homer highlighted the four-run inning. Freshman Justin Rebholz came on in relief and got a fly out with the bases loaded to end the Engineer threat.
Laplante had three hits and also reached on a walk while Hanks added a pair of singles to lead the Bears 10-hit attack.
Taylor Landry (4-2) was the starter and loser for WPI.
"Colton pitched like an upperclassman today and not a freshman, it was a quality outing," said Coast Guard head coach C.C. Grant. "We scored some runs early and tacked on a few in the middle innings and Blake did a nice job closing the door. Offensively, Luke had a great day at the plate with three hits and we played great defensively, it was a good way to start the series."
The teams will conclude the three-game NEWMAC series on Saturday with a doubleheader in New London at noon.