Bears Settle for Split With Manhattanville

NEW LONDON, CONN.--(3/18/12)--Coast Guard, ranked 17th nationally, split a non-conference doubleheader with Manhattanville as the Bears won the opener 5-3 before the Valiants won the nightcap 9-5.

In the opener, Coast Guard built a 5-0 lead scoring three runs in the fourth as freshman Jesse Richardson had an RBI double, junior Stacia Sarwinski had a sacrifice fly and the Bears scored on an error.

In the sixth, the Bears added two more on a two-run single by freshman Erin Lisko for a 5- 0 lead.

Freshman Laura Montalto hit a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the seventh to break up the shutout.

Junior Catherine Walker went the distance for the Bears and scattered seven hits and allowed three earned runs while walking five and striking out four to get the win.

Freshman Kristen Rodopoulos (1-3) went the first four innings and allowed three hits and three runs, two earned while walking three and fanning one to take the loss.

Richardson had two of the Bears five hits in the game one win while Montalto was 4 for 4 with the three-run homer and junior Lynsey Schill had two hits in the opener for the Valiants.

In game two, Junior Jessica Van Galen and classmate Kaite Pitcher each had two hits and drove in three runs in the 9-5 win.

Manhattanville scored in the top of the first on an RBI single by Van Glaen before adding three more in the third on an RBI single by senior Ashley Dell and a two-run single by junior Kim Angiolillo for a 4-0 lead.

The Bears scored two in the fourth on sacrifice fly by Richardson and an RBI single by freshman Chloe Harmon to cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Valiants put the game away with five runs in the top of the fourth as Van Galen had a two-run single before the big blow, a three-run homer by Pitcher for a 9-2 lead.

Pitcher (2-0) also went the distance on the mound allowing 12 hits and five runs, all earned, while walking one and striking out one.

Coast Guard scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh with Sarwinski delivering an RBI double in the fifth and an RBI single in the seventh while sophomore Devin Fellman hit a solo homer for the run in the sixth.

Fellman and junior Holli Bastinck each had three hits in game two for Coast Guard while Sarwinski and senior Jamie Kim each had two hits in the loss.

Walker (2-1) allowed 11 hits and nine runs, just four earned with four walks and four strikeouts to suffer her first loss of the season in game two.

Schill had three hits in game two for Manhattanville while Dell added a pair of hits in the win.

Coast Guard is now 9-5 overall while Manhattanville is 3-6 on the season after the split.

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