Kahl Leads Bears to Split at Rebel Games
KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Freshman Kristine Kahl picked up her first collegiate win with a complete game and sophomore Kelsey Gray's two-run double in the sixth gave Coast Guard a few insurance runs en route to a 4-1 win over Mount Union before the Bears lost 2-0 against Montclair State, the #1 team in the nation, at the Rebel Games.
Kahl (1-1) went seven innings and allowed five hits and an earned run while walking five and striking out three in the win over Mount Union. She pitched out of a jam in the seventh after she walked two batters, but the Purple Raiders left runners on second and third to end the game.
Coast Guard (2-2) got on the board in the second when senior Holli Bastinck led off with a double, moved to third on a bunt by junior Kaitlin Ward and scored on an RBI single by senior Stacia Sarwinski.
The Bears added a run in the third as sophomore Erin Lisko led off with a walk, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by sophomore Jessie Richardson to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
The Purple Raiders cut the lead in half with a run in the fifth, but they left runners on second and third as Kahl registered a strikeout to end the inning.
Richardson, the catcher, came up big in the top of the sixth when Mount Union had the tying run at third with nobody out. Richardson made a nice play on a foul pop up for the first out before she picked the runner off third for the second out. Following a two-out double, a fly out ended the threat.
Coast Guard took advantage of a Mount Union miscue in the sixth as sophomore Natalie Spadafora struck out with two outs and reached on a passed ball to load the bases before sophomore Kelsey Gray's two-run double gave the Bears a 4-1 lead.
Bastinck and Sarwinski each had two hits in the win for Coast Guard.
In the second game, Alex Hill fired a three-hit shutout and struck out 14 and Montclair State broke up a pitcher's duel with a RBI sacrifice fly to center field in the bottom of the 4th. The Red Hawks tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the 5th, scoring on another sacrifice fly.
Lisko, senior Summer Dupler, and Bastinck recorded the only hits for the Bears.
Kahl (1-2) pitched well against the top ranked team in the nation by going the distance and scattering seven hits and allowing a pair of earned runs while walking five and fanning two.
"I was very pleased to see us rebound today after a rough second game on Sunday. Kristine Kahl was a workhorse today and pitched to her potential which was a good sign to take away from today's games." said Coast Guard head coach Donna Koczajowski.
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday when they take on St. Norbert at 9 a.m. and Bridgewater (Va.) at 11 a.m. at the Rebel Games.