KINGSTON, R.I. – Sophomore Tim Duncan's RBI single in the sixth broke an 8-8 tie and highlighted a three-run inning as Coast Guard held off Babson 11-10 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game played at the University of Rhode Island.
It was the conference opener for the Bears, who improve to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play while Babson drops to 5-5 overall and 2-1 in the NEWMAC. It was Coast Guard's first game since winning on March 14th in Fort Myers.
Babson struck first in the first with a couple of unearned runs off Coast Guard starter Luke Sniatkowski before the Bears erupted for seven runs on sixth hits in the home half of the first.
Seniors Blake Thompson, Matt Hanks and Duncan had consecutive singles to start the game. Junior Kyle Wood drew a bases loaded walk before Hanks scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.
Sophomore Brendan McNeil and Thompson would later add two-run singles while freshman Alex Murdoch had an RBI ground out in the inning as the Bears took a 7-2 lead.
The teams traded runs in the third before Babson scored three times in the fourth with sophomore Jack Halpin and senior Joe Zanca delivering RBI singles cutting the deficit to 8-6.
Sophomore Kevin Murphy's two-out, two-run double in the fifth tied the game 8-8.
Coast Guard took the lead for good with three runs in the sixth with Duncan's RBI single breaking the tie before junior Cory Sonnega's ground ball scored a run and an error allowed a second run to score for the 11-8 lead.
The Beavers scored twice in the seventh as Murphy delivered a sacrifice fly and senior Dillon Gonzalez's RBI single made the score 11-10, but the Beavers left runners on the corners.
Sophomore Colton Cannon pitched a scoreless eighth before freshman Cody Bain, pitched in and out of a bases loaded jam in the ninth to pick up his team leading third save of the season. Babson loaded the bases after the first two batters were retired. Murphy reached on an error, Gonzalez singled and stole second before Halpin, who entered the game hitting .487 with a NEWMAC leading 18 RBI's and already had three hits in the game, was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Bain got Zanca to fly out to center to preserve the win for freshman Joe Siciliano (2-0), who came on in relief in the fifth and worked three innings allowing six hits and four earned runs.
Senior Connor Allen (0-1), who came on in relief in the first inning, worked 4 2/3 innings allowing five hits, four runs – two earned, while walking five and fanning four in taking the loss.
Thompson, Duncan, McNeil and junior Ed Lazowski each had two hits for Coast Guard.
Halpin led the Beavers with three hits while Murphy, Gonzalez and freshman Adam Ayala each had two hits for Babson.
Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow at the University of Rhode Island against Albertus Magnus in a non-conference game at 12:30 p.m.