Bears Split; Win Weekend Series With Clark

Tim Duncan
Tim Duncan

WORCESTER, Mass.—Coast Guard settled for a split and won the three-game weekend series with Clark in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader as the Bears won the opener 10-6 before falling 7-1 in game two.

Both the Bears (14-11 overall, 7-9 NEWMAC) and the Cougars (9-14 overall, 6-7 in the NEWMAC) remain alive for a spot in the NEWMAC tournament. Clark can still win the West Division by winning its final four conference games.

Coast Guard can earn a NEWMAC tournament berth by beating Emerson on Monday and forcing Clark to win three of its final four games. If the Cougars win less than three of their final four games and Coast Guard beats Emerson, the Bears would get the final playoff spot.

In the opener, Coast Guard used some late inning magic for the second straight day scoring three in the eighth and two insurance runs in the ninth to overcome a 6-5 deficit and win 10-6.

Freshman Alex Murdoch's RBI single in the eighth broke a 6-6 tie and junior Kyle Wood added a sacrifice fly as the Bears took and 8-6 lead.

Junior Mark Behne blasted his first career homer, a two-run shot to right field, in the ninth to give the Bears some breathing room and a 10-6 lead.

Sophomore Eric Vrissis (1-1) was brilliant in relief throwing 3 2/3 inning of hitless relief walking just one batter to pick up his first win of the season.

Coast Guard took an early 3-0 lead with three in the first inning  on an RBI single by Wood, a sacrifice fly by sophomore Brendan McNeil and an RBI single by senior Blake Thompson.

Clark got one back in the third, but senior Matt Hank's RBI single in the fourth gave the Bears a 4-1 lead.

Duncan blasted his school-record tying sixth homer of the season in the fifth, a solo shot to left, to push the Coast Guard lead to 5-1. Three other players have hit six homers in a single-season for Coast Guard, Mike Taylor (1965), Rob Trevino (2002) and Ryan Eldredge (2002).

Clark scored four times in the fifth as Tyler Hutchinson's two-run triple tied the game 5-5. The Cougars took the lead in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by James Conway.

Sophomore Luke Snitakowski started for Coast Guard and allowed five earned run in 5 1/3 innings before giving way to Vrissis.

Behne had three hits to lead the Bears 15-hit attack while senior Matt Hanks, Murdoch, Duncan, Wood and freshman Zach Serna each added two hits in the game one win for Coast Guard.

In the night cap, Conway's three-run homer in the second gave the Cougars a 3-0 lead

Coast Guard got on the board in the third with an unearned run but Clark got a run back in the fourth when Michael Eglow hit a solo homer to left for a 4-1 lead.

The Cougars added a single run in the sixth and two more in the seventh to close the scoring.

Senior Andrew Lucak (0-3) took the loss for the Bears. He went 4 2/3 innings and was touched for six hits and three earned runs.

Patrick Robinson (2-2) went the distance for Clark and allowed just three hits and an unearned run while walking three and striking out four to pick up the win.

Coast Guard is back in action on Monday when the take on Emerson at Clark in the final NEWMAC regular season game with first pitch set for 4 p.m.

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