Bears Rally to Salvage Split With MIT

Joe Siciliano
Joe Siciliano

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Senior Blake Thompson's two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth tied the game before the Bears won the game on an error in the tenth to salvage a split of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader against MIT.

MIT won the opener 16-6 before Coast Guard won the nightcap 4-3 in ten innings. MIT is now 12-7 overall and 8-3 in the NEWMAC while the Bears are now 12-8 overall and 5-6 in conference play.

MIT freshman Austin Filiere was 4 for 5 with two doubles, four RBI's and four runs scored while senior Hayden Cornwell was 3 for 6 with a pair of doubles and three RBI's and freshman Garrett Greenwood was 3 for 5 with two RBI's as the Engineers had 16 hits in the game one win.

The Engineers scored four times in the fourth to open up an 8-1 lead as Filiere drew a bases loaded walk, senior Parker Tew added a sacrifice fly before Cornwell and junior Nate Rodman had back-to-back RBI singles in the frame.

Trailing 10-1, Coast Guard would score four runs in the sixth as freshman Alex Murdoch had an RBI single, sophomore Kyle Jackson delivered an RBI double and senior Matt Hanks had an RBI ground out to cut the deficit to 10-5.

MIT put the game away with five runs in the top of the seventh sending 11 batters to the plate. Filiere and Cornwell had RBI doubles, Greenwood had an RBI single and junior Kendall Helbert added a sacrifice fly.

Sophomore David Hesslink (3-1) went 5 1/3 innings to get the win. He allowed six hits and five runs, just two earned, while walking two and striking out three. Freshman Zach Michaud worked the final 3 2/3 innings allowing just one hit and one earned run to pickup his first collegiate save.

Sophomore Eric Vrissis (0-1) took the loss for the Bears. He went four innings and was charged with nine runs, five earned.

Murdoch and sophomore Kyle Jackson each had two hits in the opener for Coast Guard.

In game two, Coast Guard scored single runs in the first on an RBI single by junior Ed Lazowski and in the second on an RBI single by senior Matt Hanks for a 2-0 lead.

Coast Guard starter, sophomore Joe Siciliano, took a shutout into the fifth before junior Alec Echevarria hit a solo homer to left to make the score 2-1. Siciliano worked six solid innings allowing  just the one run.

MIT got to freshman Cody Bain in the eighth as junior Kendall Helbert's RBI single tied the game before freshman Max Lancaster's sacrifice fly gave the Engineers a 3-2 lead.

The Bears would tie the game in the ninth as sophomore Tim Duncan doubled and scored on Thompson's single.

Bain got out of a two-out bases loaded jam in the top of the tenth before the Bears won it the home half as Murdoch led off with a single, sophomore Brendan McNeil was hit by a pitch, Hanks was intentionally walked to load the bases with no outs. Junior Mark Behne's ground ball to second was booted to end the game.

Bain (2-1) worked four innings to get the win in relief. He allowed five hits and a pair of earned runs while walking two and fanning three.

Greenwood (1-1) took the loss in relief for MIT as he worked 1 2/3 innings and allowed three hit and two runs, one earned while walking two and striking out four.

Hanks and Murdoch each had two hits in the game two win for Coast Guard.

Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday when they host Wheaton at 3:30 in a NEWMAC game.


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