Bears Rally to Sweep Finlandia

Will Stephens
Will Stephens

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

Dustin Reeder pitched six solid innings allowing just four hits and two earned runs to pick up the win while Tom Ankers and Jeremy Lhotka were each 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles in the win.

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.

Will Stephens, Jon Pressley and Behne each had two hits in the win.

GAME TWO – COAST GUARD 11, FINLANDIA 9

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.