FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jeremy Lhotka was 6 for 6 with four doubles and three RBI's as Coast Guard swept a doubleheader from Finlandia winning the opener 15-3 and the rallying to win the nightcap 11-9 at the Gene Cusic Classic.
The Bears, who improve to 3-1 on the season, are back in action on Tuesday when the play Lakeland at 9:00.
GAME ONE – COAST GUARD 15, FINLANDIA 3
The Bears took control early scoring six runs in the bottom of the first. Ankers and Lhotka had RBI doubles while Jake Behne , Alex Cordes and Luke Thompson added RBI singles. Reed Jenkins had a sacrifice fly in the first for Coast Guard.
Coast Guard would scratch three more runs in the next two innings on just one hit to push the lead and led 9-2 after three innings.
The Bears would bat around and score five times in the fifth as Ankers had a two-run double, Lhotka added an RBI double while Will Stephens and Behne chipped in with RBI singles to take a 14-2 lead.
Jack Brandt pitched a hitless seventh inning to close out the game.
Stephens' two-out, two-run single gave Coast Guard the lead and highlighted a four-run seventh as the Bears came-from-behind for the 11-9 win. He then came on to pick up his second save of the season pitching the bottom of the seventh.
Thompson's RBI single in the seventh cut the deficit to 9-8 before Stephens eventual game winning single. Lhotka added an RBI single for insurance.
Lhotka and Thompson were both 3 for 3 with Lhotka adding two more doubles while Ankers added two hits in the win.
Michael Gilmore (1-0) picked up his first career win in relief as he worked 1 2/3 innings and allowed two hits and one unearned run.
Coast Guard took a 3-0 lead in the second as Lhotka led off with a double and the Bears would take advantage of four errors in the inning to take the lead.
The Bears would add two more in the fourth on four singles and a sacrifice fly by Nolan Johnson to take a 5-1 lead.
Finlandia would score three in the fourth and take the lead with four in the fifth for an 8-5 lead.
In the sixth, Ankers had an RBI single and Thompson scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 8-7.