Springfield Sweeps Bears

Baseball Class of 2019
Baseball Class of 2019

NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Coast Guard baseball dropped both games in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The Bears dropped the first game, 7-4 and 14-7 in the second. Coast Guard is now 13-10 on the season and 3-6 in the NEWMAC, while Springfield improves to 11-12 overall and 5-4 in the conference. 

The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, April 9 when they travel to MIT with a 3:30 PM start. 

GAME ONE; SPRINGFIELD 8, COAST GUARD 4

Senior Luke Thompson led the Bears with two RBI's going 1-for-3 and Will Stephens went 2-for-3 with one RBI.

Springfield opened the scoring in the top of the first on Cooney's Sacrifice fly to right field scoring Russo who reached on a triple.

Coast Guard was led defensively in the top of the third by catcher Jeremy Lhotka, picking off two Springfield baserunners.

The Bears scratched out a run in the bottom of the third scoring Trey Rittenhouse who reached base on a hit to left field hole and was sacrificed to second base by Thompson. Eventually scoring from third on a wild pitch.

Senior Dustin Reeder pitched his way out of trouble in the top of the fourth, securing a strikeout and a fly ball with men on first and second.

Sophomore Owen Hurley entered the game with one out and the bases loaded in the top of the fifth inning to record two strikeouts and get the Bears out of the jam.

The Bears pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth to even the score, 2-2 on a sacrifice fly by Stevens, scoring Thompson from third who reached based on a hit by pitch and stole third after being advanced to second by ankers fielder's choice.

The Pride broke the game open scoring four unearned runs in the top of the seventh inning capitalizing on two walks and three Coast Guard errors.

Thompson hit a two run double in the bottom of the ninth, but Springfield already had the game at hand to take the 8-4 final.

Reeder went four innings with seven strikeouts and two runs, dropping to 3-2 on the season.

GAME TWO; SPRINGFIELD 14, COAST GUARD 7

Springfield defeated Coast Guard 14-7 in game two. The Bears were led by offensive efforts by Thompson who was 3-for-5 on the day with three runs scored and Stephens who was 2-for-5 on the day with three runs batted in for the Bears.

The Bears opened the scoring in the bottom of the first scoring on Stephens double to left field scoring, Thompson who led the inning off with a single up the middle.

The Pride answered back with a run of their own in the top of the second on Nick Fazio's RBI double down the left field line, scoring Godfrey who reached base on a hit by pitch.

In the top of the third the Pride added two runs on a pair of RBI hits to take the lead, 3-1. Mark Joao's single scored Jack Cooney who reached on a single through the left side and Kyle Godfrey later scored Joao with a double to deep centerfield making it.

Springfield scored two more runs in the fifth and sixth inning, extending their lead to 6-1. 

In the bottom of the sixth, Reed Jenkins grounded out that sent Lhotka home to give the Bears one more run as they trailed 6-2. 

Godfrey scored an unearned run in the top of the seventh to give the Pride a 7-2 advantage. Coast Guard scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to bring themselves with three, 7-4. 

Eduardo Martinez hit a two run single in the bottom of the eight and Joao had an RBI single as Springfield extended their lead, 10-4

The Bears scored one more in the bottom of the eighth, but Springfield brought in four more runs to take a 14-5 lead. 

In the bottom of the ninth the Bears added two runs on a two run home run to right center by Stephens to cut the deficit in half, 14-7. 

Brett Sullivan had 10 strikeouts in his 6.2 innings picthed as he drops to 1-5 on the season. 

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