Bears Win 5th Straight; Tying Best Start in Program History

Brendan McNeil
Brendan McNeil

FORT MYERS, Fla. –  Three Coast Guard pitchers combined to allow just one earned run and the Bears scored twice in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie and register a 5-4 win over Minnesota-Morris tying the best start in school history with its fifth straight win at the Gene Cusic Classic.

The Bears 5-0 start ties the best start in program history which was also achieved to start the 2005 season.

Freshman Joe Siciliano worked 6 2/3 innings allowing just two hits and an earned run while walking two and striking out three. Sophomore Justin Rebholz (2-0) picked up his second win of the season in relief as he worked 2 1/3 innings and allowing an unearned run on two hits while senior Andy Lucak pitched the ninth to pickup his first save of the season.

Coast Guard got on the board in the top of the first on an RBI single by junior Kyle Wood and the Bears added another in the second as sophomore Brendan McNeil led off with triple and scored on a ground out by freshman Cody Bain.

The Bears extended the lead to 3-0 in the sixth on an RBI single by McNeil scoring Wood, who led the inning off with a walk.

Siciliano allowed a single to the first hitter of the game and didn't allow a second hit until a bunt single in the sixth when the Cougars scored three times and tied the game 3-3.

Coast Guard regained the lead in the eighth as Bain drew a bases loaded walk scoring Wood, who had singled. The Bears got an insurance run on a sacrifice fly by freshman pinch hitter Alex Murdoch for a 5-3 lead.

Minn.-Morris (3-2) got an unearned run in the eighth and got the tying run to third base, but Rebholz got a fly out and ground out to end the threat.

Sophomore Tim Duncan, Wood and McNeil each had two hits in the win for the Bears.

The Bears are back in action on Friday at 3 p.m. when they take on Gettysburg in a doubleheader.


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