Bears Beat Fox and the Lions

Walter Harris
Walter Harris

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Walter Harris pitched six solid innings to pick up the win as Coast Guard won its third straight with a 3-2 win over Emerson in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game.

The Bears, who have won three straight and six of their last eight, improve to 12-8 overall and 2-4 in NEWMAC play while Emerson drops to 4-17 overall and 0-6 in the conference. Coast Guard completes the season sweep of the Lions after winning 9-5 a week ago.

The Coast Guard pitching as it has been for the past five games was outstanding. The Bears have now allowed four runs or less in each of the last five games for the first time since 2013 when the team allowed four or less runs in eight straight games.  The 2013 pitching staff was led by current Coast Guard pitching coach Derek Petty.

Harris (2-0) worked six innings and scattered seven hits and allowed just one run while walking three and fanning three. Connor Glynn pitched 2 2/3 innings and allowed four hits and the first earned run of his career. Will Stephens came on with two out in the ninth and runners on first and second and threw one pitch getting pop out to short to end the game and record his team leading fourth save.

Jack Fox (3-3) took the loss for Emerson as he went seven innings allowing six hits, three runs, two earned with one walk and six strikeouts.

The Bears got two runs in the first as Jake Behne plated the first run with an infield single with the bases loaded and the second run scored on a throwing error.

Emerson got one back in the third on an RBI double by Louie Davolio.

Coast Guard would add an insurance run in the seventh on an RBI infield single by Luke Thompson for a 3-1 lead.

The Lions would make the score 3-2 on an RBI single by Davolio before Stephens came on to shut the door.

Thompson and Jeremy Lhotka each had two hits for the Bears. Lhotka has hit safely in 17 of the 19 games in which he has played this season and has nine multi-hit games.

Davolio, Quinton Copeland, Cam Beattie and Calvin Jacey each had two hits for Emerson.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they host Springfield in a NEWMAC game at 3:30.