Bears Swept by MIT to Open NEWMAC Play

Will Stephens
Will Stephens

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard dropped a pair of games to MIT to open New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play as the Engineers won the opener 10-2 and finished the sweep with a 16-2 win in the nightcap.

MIT improves to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the NEWMAC while the Bears, who have not dropped five straight, dip to 6-10 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday when the Bears host Babson at 3:30.


Senior David Hesslink scattered nine hits over eight innings and struck out five and MIT exploded for nine runs in the final two innings to win the opener.

Hesslink and Coast Guard senior Colton Cannon  were locked in a pitchers' duel with the score tied 1-1 after seven innings before the Engineers scored four in the eighth and five in the ninth for the game one win.

Cannon worked the first five innings and allowed six hits and an earned run while walking two and striking out three. Sophomore Dustin Reeder (1-2) took the loss in relief allowing two earned runs in three innings of work.

Sophomore Will Stephens was 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles while senior Brendan McNeil added two hits for the Bears in the opener.


The Engineers hit six homers and pounded out 14 hits in earning the win in  the night cap as John Drago and Kyle Kocher each homered twice for MIT which scored three runs in the first and led 7-0 after three innings.

Jared Tramontano (1-0) allowed just one hit over the first five innings, walked one and struck out seven to pickup the win.  Coast Guard managed just two singles in the second game.

Senior starter Eric Vrissis (2-2) allowed  six earned runs in five innings and took the loss for Coast Guard.

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