Coast Guard Takes Season Series from Springfield

Sophomore Brendan McNeil
Sophomore Brendan McNeil

NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Bears (10-3, 3-1) continued on their school record start to the yeat earning a season series win over the Pride (2-12, 1-6) winning game one 10-5 and falling in game two 11-8.

In game one sophomore Brendan McNeil went 4-5 with a triple and two runs scored leading Coast Guard to a 10-5 victory over Springfield.

Junior Kyle Wood went 3-5 with two RBI's and junior Corey Sonnega went 1-5 with two RBI's. Senior Blake Thompson, junior Mark Behne, sophomore Tim Duncan, and freshman Alex Murdoch each added RBI's of their own.

Junior Billy Peterson went 2-5, scored a run, and drove in a run for the Pride. Senior Steve Starr had a team high two RBI's while senior Anthony Faggiana and sophomore JP Peters each had an RBI. 

Springfield would waste no time as they scored two runs in the top of the first. Starr grounded out to shortstop scoring Peterson plating the first run of the game. Peters came up next and doubled to right field bringing in freshman Mark Joao giving the Pride a 2-0 lead.

Coast Guard would answer immediately in the bottom of first as Thompson lined down the left field in the lead off spot and then stole second. Senior Matt Hanks then singled to right field and Thompson would score on an error by the right fielder.

Wood would also single to right bringing Hanks across to score and then Behne would reach on a fielders choice scoring Duncan giving the Bears a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first.

The Coast Guard bats would erupt in the bottom of the third inning scoring six runs. Duncan would hit an RBI double followed by an RBI single by Wood. Sonnega came up later in the inning and plated two on a fielders choice. Murdoch would hit a sac fly to left field and then Thompson would round out the inning for the Bears with an RBI single to center.

After a triple by McNeil to start off the bottom of the fourth and then two batters later Murdoch would reach on an error by the second basemen scoring McNeil and giving the Bears a 10-2 lead.

Springfield would score three more runs in the fifth and sixth inning but would not get any closer as this lost the first game of the double header 10-5. 

Sophomore Luke Sniatkowski raised his season record to 2-0 giving up four earned runs, eight hits and striking out four over seven innings. Freshmen Sicilliano and Cody Bain combined for two innings of no hit relief walking one and striking out two.

Junior Jack Baldwin took his second loss of the season bringing his record to 0-2 on the season. Baldwin went 2.2 innings giving up nine earned runs off of nine hits and walking one. Junior Ben Bohlke relieved Baldwin pitching 5.1 innings  giving up one run on five hits.

In game two McNeil went 2-4 with three RBI's helping Coast Guard come back from an early four run deficit but it was not enough as Springfield scored a run in each of the final four innings taking a 11-8 win in the final game of the three games series.

Senior CJ Monroe went 2-4 with a home run, three RBI's and three runs scored. Junior Dan Bergami went 3-4 with two runs scored.

The Pride would run out to a 5-1 lead in the first two innings. Monroe hit a two RBI single in the top of the first highlighting Springfield's first five runs. 

Duncan would ground out to second base scoring Thompson who reached on a single to center and stole second for the Bears first run of the game.

After the Pride scored two runs in the top of the third inning Coast Guard would answer with seven runs over the next two innings to give the Bears a 8-7 lead. McNeil hit a two RBI double in the bottom of the third and an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth while junior Ed Lazowski, freshman Christian Toscano, Behne all had RBI's.

Springfield, however, scored four runs over the final four innings and shutout the Bears to snap a seven game losing streak, winning the second game 11-8.

Senior Andrew Lucak started for Coast Guard going three innings giving up five earned runs and seven hits. Sophomore Justin Rebholz received his first loss of the season coming in, in relief for Lucak going four innings giving up one earned run and four hits and bringing his record to 3-1. Bain pitched the final two innings striking out one and giving up one earned run and four hits.

Sophomore Tyler Kelly started for the Pride going 3.1 innings striking out one and giving up seven earned runs on eight hits. Senior Jon Medici earned his first win of the season striking out one and giving up one earned run on one hit raising his season record to 1-0. Junior Corey Wilcox and senior Matt Burtrym combined for three innings of no hit relief striking out four. Burtrym is credited with the save.

The Bears hit the road on Monday, April, 6th when they travel to Babson Park, Massachusetts for a NEWMAC game against Babson. First pitch is 3:30.

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