SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Junior Timbo Duncan had the go ahead hit in both games of the doubleheader and freshman Dustin Reeder recorded his first two career saves as Coast Guard twice rallied to post come-from-behind wins to sweep a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader from Springfield. The Bears won the opener 13-10 and the nightcap 7-4.
Sophomore Zach Serna had six hits on the day, recording three in each game to lead the Coast Guard offense.
The Bears win the best of three weekend series after dropping the opener on Friday.
Coast Guard improves to 10-13 overall and 3-3 in the NEWMAC while Springfield drops to 8-12-1 overall and 2-6 in conference play.
GAME ONE: COAST GUARD 13, SPRINGFIELD 10
The Bears erupted for six runs in the eighth to erase a 10-6 deficit and win 13-10.
Serna drew a bases loaded walk and senior Kyle Wood was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to 10-8. Junior Kyle Jackson tied the game with a two-run single before Duncan's two-run single capped the inning to give Coast Guard a 12-10 lead.
The Bears added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI single by Wood.
The game was scoreless into the fifth before the Bears scored three runs getting as freshman Luke Thompson scored on a wild pitch and classmate Will Stephens would score on an error on the same play for a 2-0 lead before Wood's RBI single gave Coast Guard a 3-0 lead.
Coast Guard sophomore Cody Bain was cruising taking a shutout into the sixth Springfield scored four runs to take a 4-3 lead.
The Bears responded quickly with three runs in the seventh tying the game on an RBI single by Stephens before Jackson and sophomore Christian Toscano had back-to-back RBI singles for a 6-4 lead.
The Pride would take advantage of a pair of Coast Guard errors in the home half of the inning and score six runs, just one earned, with the key hit being a three-run triple by Colin King to give the Pride a 10-6 lead before the Bears answered with a six spot of their own in the eighth to take the lead for good.
Bain went six inning and allowed five hits and four runs before giving way to sophomore Joe Siciliano (1-0), who went two innings allowing five hits, but just one earned run to get the win. Reeder pitched a hitless ninth to record his first career save.
Stephens and Serna led the Coast Guard 16-hit attack with three hits each while Wood and Jackson each had two hits and three RBI's and Sonnega added a pair of hits in the win.
GAME TWO: COAST GUARD 7, SPRINGFIELD 4
Coast Guard trailed 4-0 in the sixth before posting a come-from-behind 7-4 win to complete the sweep.
The Bears got on the board with two runs in the sixth on an unearned run with the help of an error before senior Mark Behne's sacrifice fly cut the deficit to 4-2.
In the seventh, Jackson had an RBI ground out before Duncan again delivered the go ahead hit, this time a two-run double giving the Bears a 5-4 lead.
Coast Guard added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth on RBI singles by Stephens and Serna giving the Bears a 7-4 lead.
Junior Colton Cannon (4-1) went the first six innings and allowed five hits and four earned runs while walking five and fanning six to get his team leading fourth win of the season.
Freshman Walter Harris allowed just one hit over two inning of work before Reeder worked himself in and out of bases load jam ending the game with a strikeout to record his second save of the afternoon.
Serna had three hits in game two while Duncan and sophomore Alex Murdoch each had two hits in the win for Coast Guard.
The Bears are back in action on Monday when they travel to Westfield State for a non-league game at 3:30.