There will be plenty of familiar faces in the dugout as Coast Guard returns all but three players from last year's team which went 13-22 overall and 8-9 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
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The young Bears team stumbled down the stretch last season going just 4-10 in the final 14 games, losing six of their final eight games including four straight to end the season.
Coast Guard did however suffer nine one-run losses in 2014 including six one-run losses in conference play something they must improve on to be successful this season.
"We missed the conference tournament by one game a year ago and six of our nine losses in the NEWMAC were by one run," said Grant. "That is something that we will need to improve upon to get a berth in the conference tournament at the end of the season."
Head coach C.C. Grant, in his 9th season, returns seven everyday starters as well as all but one pitcher from last year's team.
Junior shortstop Mark Behne, who led the Bears with a .324 average and nine stolen bases will be back along with senior tri-captain second baseman Matt Hanks (.265) to solidifty the middle infield.
Junior first baseman Cory Sonnega (.287) and junior third baseman Kyle Wood (.271) will once again start at the corner infield spots.
Sophomore corner infielder Tim Duncan, who missed last season with an injury, is back and give the Bears depth at both first and third base as well as designated hitter while freshman Zach Serna will also see time at third base.
Freshman Alex Murdoch will step in right away and handle the catching duties while classmate Christian Toscano will also see time behind the plate.
Senior tri-captain Blake Thompson (.266) returns in centerfield while junior Ed Lazowski (.261), sophomore Kyle Jackson (.223) and sophomore Brendan McNeil (.284) will all see time at the corner outfield spots or can DH for the Bears.
"We return seven starters and seven of our top eight hitters from last season and these guys will be counted on to produce for us day in and day out," said Grant.
Coast Guard returns four starting pitchers and three top relievers from a year ago as well as adding a pair of quality starting pitchers for the season.
Senior tri-captain Andrew Lucak (2-2, 4.98), along with a trio of sophomores, lefty Colton Cannon (3-4, 4.63), Eric Vrissis (1-2, 4.85) and Luke Sniatkowski (2-2, 5.36) all return to the Bears starting rotation and will be joined by freshmen Cody Bain and Joe Siciliano, who will bolster a pitching staff that got plenty of experience last season.
Lucak led the staff with ten starts and a pair of complete games last season while Sniatkowski led the Bears with 36 strikeouts while opponents hit just .231 off of him.
Thompson (1-2, 4.22), junior Kyle Wood (1-2, 2.89) and sophomore Justin Rebholz (0-3, 2.57) will give Grant plenty of options out of the bullpen.
Rebholz led the Bears with three saves and held opponents to a .220 batting average in 15 relief appearances.
"We have three young guys who pitched well for us last year as freshmen and I expect them to continue to improve," said Grant. "We also add a pair of talented freshmen which gives us plenty of depth in the starting rotation heading into the season. The key for us will be trying to figure out who will be our starting pitchers when conference play begins."
May 6, 2015 Duncan Named to All-Conference Team
April 29, 2015 Bears Drop Season Finale at Dodd
April 28, 2015 Bears Fall at Mass. Maritime
April 27, 2015 Vrissis Named NEWMAC Pitcher of the Week
April 25, 2015 MIT Eliminates Bears from NEWMAC Tourney
April 24, 2015 Bears Eliminate Babson; Advance to NEWMAC Semifinals
April 22, 2015 Bears Win and Secure NEWMAC Tournament Berth
April 21, 2015 Bears Fall to Mitchell
April 20, 2015 Three Baseball Players Earn NEWMAC All-Academic Honors
April 18, 2015 Bears Split; Win Weekend Series With Clark
April 17, 2015 Bears Rally For Walk Off Win
April 15, 2015 Coast Guard Falls to Emerson
April 14, 2015 Seven Run Fifth Leads Wheaton Past Coast Guard
April 12, 2015 Bears Rally to Salvage Split With MIT
April 11, 2015 Bears Settle for Split at WPI
April 10, 2015 Bears Drop Series Opener to WPI
April 8, 2015 Bears Fall to Wheaton in the Rain
April 6, 2015 Late Rally Trips Up Bears
April 4, 2015 Coast Guard Takes Season Series from Springfield
April 3, 2015 Coast Guard Earns Second NEWMAC Win of the Season
March 25, 2015 Three Straight Triples Help Bears to Record Start
March 24, 2015 Coast Guard Beats Babson in Slugfest
March 14, 2015 Bears Rally to Win Florida Finale
March 13, 2015 Bears Win Streak Snapped
March 12, 2015 INSIDE BEARS BASEBALL: Pitching Coach Dan Bradley
March 11, 2015 Bears Win 5th Straight; Tying Best Start in Program History
March 10, 2015 INSIDE BEARS BASEBALL: Senior Tri-Captain Matt Hanks
March 9, 2015 Murdoch Named NEWMAC Co-Player of the Week
March 8, 2015 Bears Walk Off To Sweep Rival Merchant Marine
March 7, 2015 Murdoch's Big Day Leads Bears to Season-Opening Win
February 27, 2015 2015 Baseball Season Preview