NEW LONDON, Conn. – Host Mitchell scored six runs in the seventh taking advantage of four straight walks with the bases loaded to overcome a 5-1 deficit and beat Coast Guard 7-5 in the non-conference matchup between the two New London schools.
The Mariners (11-2 overall), ranked 5th in New England, trailed 5-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh inning but scored six runs to pull ahead. Mitchell drew four straight bases-loaded walks to tie the game and then took its first lead of the day on a sacrifice fly by Mike Luzzi.
Coast Guard dropped its fourth straight to dip to 6-8 overall. For the third straight game, the Bears got a great outing from their starting pitcher, this time in sophomore Cody Bain, before squandering the the lead on all three occasions.
Mitchell head coach Travis Beausoleil also reached a milestone, claiming the 100th victory of his career in his fifth season at Mitchell.
Tristan Hurley went 4-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead the Mitchell offense. Tyler Pina and Dan Frattaroli also finished with a pair of hits for the Mariners.
Coast Guard jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Kyle Wood plated the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to right, and the second came moments later courtesy of a Mitchell fielding error. The Bears tacked on another run in the second inning on a two-out double by Mark Behne that scored Trey Rittenhouse from first base.
Mitchell put up a run in the third on an RBI single by Pina. The Mariners then had the bases loaded with one out before Bain got a double play to avoid further damage.
The Bears scored two runs in the fifth to increase their lead to 5-1. Zach Serna led off the frame with a homer to left field, his first long ball of the season. After a double by Timbo Duncan put runners at second and third, Alex Murdoch grounded out to bring the second run home.
In the Mitchell seventh, singles by Frattaroli and Hurley loaded the bases with only one out. The next four batters all drew walks.
After Luzzi's sacrifice fly put the Mariners in front, Pina and Francis Prettitore executed a double steal that led to the final run of the frame.
Coast Guard threatened in the eighth, putting the tying runs on base with nobody out. Reliever Domenick Giaramida came in to face the heart of the CGA lineup and was up to the task, striking out two and getting a fly out to right to escape the jam.
The Bears got a leadoff single from Murdoch in the ninth to bring the tying run to the plate, but Giaramida didn't allow a runner into scoring position while securing the final three outs. He picked up his third save of the season and gave up just one hit in two scoreless innings of work.
Mitchell starter Bryton Ferris picked up the win and improved to 2-0. He pitched seven innings and allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits while striking out seven.
Bain allowed five runs (four earned) over 6 1/3 innings and struck out four. Dan Finn took the loss and dropped to 1-1 on the season. Robert Marrant threw 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief for Coast Guard.
Rittenhouse and Duncan each had two hits for the Bears.
Coast Guard returns to action at Wesleyan on Thursday at 4 p.m.