Bears Swept at Springfield

PJ Gravalec
PJ Gravalec

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Coast Guard dropped a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader to Springfield as the Pride won the opener 12-5 and held off the Bears for a 2-1 win in the nightcap.

Springfield now stands at 16-5-2, 5-2 in NEWMAC play while the Bears, who have dropped six straight, fall to 6-10, 0-7 in NEWMAC play.

Coast Guard will host the final game of the three-game series on Sunday at noon.

GAME ONE – SPRINGFIELD 12, COAST GUARD 5

Four different players recorded at least a pair of RBI to lead the Pride to victory over the Bears 12-5 Mark Joao went 2-for-4 with a game high five runs driven in, while Chad Shade led all players with three hits and four runs scored. Brian Johnson tossed five strong innings of three hit ball and struck out five en route to earning the win.

The Pride were the first to break into the runs column when Jake Gleason stepped up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the third and delivered a single down the left field line to score a pair and put the Pride up 2-0. 

The visitors answered with a run in the fifth as they took advantage of a leadoff walk and later benefit from a RBI single through the right side by Jeremy Lhotka to pull within one of Springfield.

However, Springfield promptly responded in the bottom half of the frame with four runs to separate itself from the Bears.  Shade's leadoff walk and stolen base started the rally while back to back singles from Jack Cooney and Joao drove him in. Gleason drew a walk followed by a walk from Noah Bleakley drew an RBI walk to score Cooney. The Pride's final two runs of the inning came on a sharp single through the right side by Cam Rivest that scored Joao and Gleson to give the Pride a 6-1 advantage. 

Luke Thompson's two-run single in the sixth pulled the Bears to within 6-3, but Springfield answered with four runs in the home half to make the score 10-3.

Dustin Reeder (0-4) took the loss for Coast Guard he pitched the first five innings and was touched for six runs, four earned.

Will Stephens was 3 for 4 while Luke Thompson had two hits including a double and three RBI's in the opener.

GAME TWO – SPRINGFIELD 2, COAST GUARD 1

Coast Guard's PJ Gravalec and Springfield's Kyle Naples matched until Springfield scored one in the sixth and and another in the seventh and the Pride held on for the 2-1 win.

Jake Behne's pinch hit two-out double in the ninth got the Bears on the board, but he was stranded at second as the comeback fell short.

Gravalec (1-2) was the tough luck loser as he went six innings and allowed four hits and one run while walking seven and fanning three.

Naples (4-0) allowed just two hits over seven shutout innings while walking just one and striking out eight to pick up the win for the Pride.

Coast Guard managed just three hits in game two with singles by Thompson and Stephens before the double by Behne in the ninth.