Laplante Leads Bears to Sweep of Clark
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Lukas Laplante was 4 for 5 on the day with his first two career homers in opener as Coast Guard swept Clark 6-5 and 4-1 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader.
Coast Guard improves to 13-18 overall and finishes 8-9 in the NEWMAC while Clark drops to 8-22 overall and 5-12 in the conference. The Bears finished one game out of the fifth and final NEWMAC tournament spot. This season, a young Coast Guard team lost six conference games by just one run.
Laplante and classmate Dave Wolinski, the only two seniors on the team, became the all-time winningest class as they won the final two home games of their careers to give them 72 wins over the past four years. The senior class from last year had 71 wins.
In the opener, Laplante hit his first career homer, a liner to left field, to give Coast Guard a 1-0 lead in the second inning.
Clark scored twice in the third to take the lead taking advantage of three walks and just one hit, a single by junior Daniel Lima. Sophomore Michael Eglow walked with the bases loaded before an RBI ground out by junior David Eschen gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead.
Laplante homered again in his next at bat, this time to right field, to tie the game 2-2 in the home half of the third.
Coast Guard took the lead in the fourth on an RBI single by freshman Kyle Jackson.
The Cougars scored three times in the fifth as junior Matt Asdrornvuttikrai lifted a sacrifice fly and Eglow and Eschen had back-to-back RBI singles for a 5-3 lead.
The Bears got one in the fifth, when Kyle Wood, who led off with a single scored on passed ball to make the score 5-4.
In the seventh, Wolinski tied the game with an RBI single before sophomore Cory Sonnega's sacrifice fly gave the Bears a 6-5 lead.
Sophomore Sean Barry (3-3) picked up the win in relief as he worked two innings and allowed two hits. Freshman Luke Sniatkowski started and went five innings allowing five hits, five runs – three earned, while walking three and striking out five.
Freshman Justin Rebholz allowed just one hit over the final two innings and struck out a batter to pickup his second save of the year.
Sophomore Miles Sheehan (0-7) went the distance for Clark allowing nine hits and four earned runs while walking two and fanning four.
Laplante was 2 for 2 while also getting hit by a pitch twice and scoring three runs in the opener.
Junior Daniel Lima and Eglow each had two hits for Clark in the opener.
Junior Andrew Lucak (2-1) allowed just one unearned run over eight innings while Rebholz worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the day leading the Bears to a 4-1 win in the night cap.
Wolinski's sacrifice fly in the second scored Laplante, who led off with a single, to give the Bears a 1-0 lead.
Clark tied the game in the fifth on sac fly by sophomore Nicholas O'Brien.
Coast Guard took a 2-1 lead in the sixth as sophomore Mark Behne led off with double and later scored on sac fly by Laplante.
The Bears added two insurance runs in the seventh when freshman Brendan McNeil blasted a towering two-run triple to center to close the scoring.
Freshman Casey Marvell (1-5) went the distance for Clark allowing eight hits and just two earned runs while striking out five.
Laplante had two hits including a double in game two for the Bears.
Sophomore James Conway, Lima, Eschen and junior Dennis Glynn each had two hits for Clark in the second game.
Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Wesleyan for a single game at 4 p.m.
POST GAME INTERVIEW WITH HEAD COACH C.C. GRANT