McNeil’s Homer Not Enough as Bears are Swept by Gordon

WEHNHAM, Mass.-Freshman Brendan McNeil hit his first collegiate home run but it wasn't enough as the Coast Guard baseball team was swept in a non-conference double-header by Gordon College, 8-4 and 5-4, on Friday afternoon. Coast Guard falls to 13-22 on the season with the defeats while Gordon improves to 18-12 on the year with the sweep.

Game One: Gordon 8, Coast Guard 4

Coast Guard jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings on the strength of right fielder Brendan McNeil's (1-2, RBI, run) first collegiate home run but Gordon outscored the Bears the rest of the way by a count of 8-1 to win the opener by a final score of 8-4.

The Bears opened the scoring with third baseman Kyle Wood's (0-3, RBI) sac fly in the top of the first to plate second baseman Matt Hanks (0-2, run). The Bears would add another in the second when left fielder Kyle Jackson (1-3, RBI) doubled in first baseman Cory Sonnega (0-3, run) to double the Bears' advantage at 2-0 but was thrown out at third trying to stretch the double. Three batters later McNeil homered to right for a 3-0 Coast Guard lead.

Gordon came roaring back in the bottom of the third, scoring four times off Coast Guard starter Andrew Lucak (2-2), using three RBI-singles and a well-timed ground ball double play to take a 4-3 edge. Right fielder Alonzo Martinez (3-4, 2 RBI, 2 runs), first baseman Travis Pullen (2-3, RBI, 2 runs), and shortstop Alex Smith (1-3, 2 RBI) all had run-scoring hits in the inning. A single Martinez, his second in as many innings, to score second baseman Eric Walker (1-4, run) made it 5-3 and Pullen would eventually come in to score on a wild pitch allowing Gordon to double up on the Bears.

Shortstop Mark Behne (1-2, RBI) had an RBI-single to score pinch hitter Ed Lazowski (0-1, run) in the sixth but Gordon put the game out of reach in the bottom half as Smith drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk and center fielder Alex German (1-3, RBI) hit a sac fly to center to plate Pullen.

Lucak went the distance in the opener for the Bears while Jameson Boyd (1-1) worked three innings to pick up the win for Gordon. Three relievers combined to hold Coast Guard to just one run on three hits the rest of the way.

Game Two: Gordon 5, Coast Guard 4

Gordon stole home and scored on a wild pitch to rally from a 4-3 deficit to walk off with a 5-4 victory to complete the sweep of Coast Guard in the nightcap.

Alex German (1-2, run) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right, advanced to second on a sac bunt by Eric Walker (1-3), took third on a wild pitch, and scored on a delayed steal after third baseman Jesse Amaya (0-2, 2 runs) walked to tie the game at 4-4. Amaya, trailing German, advanced to third on the stolen base and came in to score on a wild pitch to give the Fighting Scots a wild walk off victory.

Gordon struck first in the first, building off the momentum of their victory in the opener with a pair of runs an a single to center by left fielder Mark Fitzgerald (1-3, 2 RBI). Coast Guard would show their resiliency a half inning later, scoring a pair of runs of their own.  DH Lukas Laplante (0-1, 2 RBI) drew a bases-loaded walk to drive in a run and Kyle Jackson (2-3, 2 runs) scored on a passed ball to knot things at 2-all.

The Bears would add two more in the fourth as Laplante scored Jackson with a sac fly and Matt Hanks (2-4, RBI) singled home center fielder Blake Thompson (1-2, run) to take a 4-2 lead over the home standing Fighting Scots.

Gordon would rally for a run in the bottom of the inning as catcher Dominic Craig (0-1) stole second to allow Alex Smith (0-3, run) to take home on the play.

Coast Guard would threaten in both the sixth and seventh, getting runners on base, but would fail to capitalize on either situation, leaving three stranded in the final two innings before being able to tack on any insurance runs.

Luke Sniatkowski (2-2) went the distance for Coast Guard allowing five runs on four hits but walking seven, hitting a batter, and delivering a trio of wild pitches. Davis Vanderslice went five innings for Gordon but did not factor in the decision as reliever Eric Proulx (1-2) picked up the victory with a scoreless seventh inning.

Coast Guard will return to the diamond on Wednesday, April 30th when they take on Whaling City rival Mitchell at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, Conn. at 12:30 pm.

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