Bears Beat Springfield in Extra Innings

Will Stephens
Will Stephens

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-- Senior Will Stephens hit a two out two run triple in the top of the 10th inning to give the Bears the lead and earned the save with three strikeouts in the bottom half as the Bears took a 9-7 victory over Springfield in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Friday afternoon.

The Bears improve to 13-8 overall and 3-4 in the NEWMAC, while Springfield drops to 11-10 on the season and 3-4 in the conference.

Senior Trey Rittenhouse was 1-for-3 with a team-high three RBI's. Stephens (2-for-6) and Junior Alex Cordes (1-for-5) both added two RBI's for the Bears and senior Reed Jenkins (1-for-4) had one RBI in the Coast Guard victory.

Noah Bleakley gave the Pride an early 3-0 lead with triple with three RBI's in the bottom of the first. Jake Gleason had an RBI when he grounded out to first base to send in one more run, taking a 4-0 lead.

Alex Denoyelle hit an RBI single to left field to give Springfield a 5-0 edge in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Bears had a strong fifth inning as they overcame the 5-0 deficit and took a 7-5 lead. Tom Ankers scored the first run for the Bears, advancing home on a wild pitch. Jenkins was walked that sent a runner home to cut the Pride's lead, 5-2. Cordes had a two run single to bring the Bears within one, 5-4. Rittenhouse gave the Bears a 7-5 lead when he hit a triple with three RBI's to close out the fifth inning surge.

Bleakley had an RBI in the bottom of the seventh to bring Springfield within one, 7-6. Mark Joao hit an RBI single to tie it up 7-7- in the bottom of the eighth, to eventually force the game to go to extra innings.

Stephens won it for the Bears in the bottom of the 10th inning with his two run triple for the 9-7 final.

Lukas Caskey got the win for the Bears and Stephens earned his fifth save of the season with three strikeouts and one hit.

The Bears continue the series with Springfield tomorrow at home in a doubleheader at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM. The Bears will honor their seniors prior to the first game.

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