KISSIMMEE, Fla.-On their fourth day down in Florida the Coast Guard softball team picked up a victory in game two of a double-header to put a stop to a four game skid behind the solid pitching of freshman Kristine Kahl. The Bears (3-5), who suffered a 7-4 loss in the opener to Transylvania (2-10), rebounded nicely with a 4-0 victory of Marietta (8-4).
In the first game of two on Friday at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, FL, Coast Guard fell to Transylvania. Shoddy defense once again plagued the Bears, as they committed four errors which led to four unearned runs – the eventual difference in the game – as the Pioneers prevailed 7-4. Sophomore infielder Erin Lisko was a bright spot for Coast Guard, recording a pair of singles, a double, and a sacrifice hit in her four plate appearances. Taking the loss for the Bears was freshman Sammy Yuknat, as she falls to 1-2 in the circle on the season.
In game number two on the day against Pioneers of Marietta College, Coast Guard managed to salvage a split for the day. The bottom of the lineup got the offense going for the Bears. With two outs in the bottom of the 2nd freshmen Hannah Ingerson, Morgan Kingston, and senior Catherine Walker all singled with Walker's single scoring Ingerson.
Kingston later scored on an error by the Marietta 3rd baseman. The Bears tacked on insurance runs and got out of their home run drought with Walker's solo shot to right center in the bottom of the 5th, her first of the young season. Later in the inning the Bears executed a double steal with Summer Dupler scoring as Erin Lisko swiped 2nd. Kahl was solid in the circle, pitching her first career shutout and yielding only four hits to the Pioneers while striking out four batters, as she improved her record to 2-3 on the year.
"Although the day ended well we did not get the performance we were looking for in the game against Transylvania. The errors piled up and we continued to give our opposition extra opportunities at the plate which they certainly took advantage of" said head coach Donna Koczajowski. She was pleased with the effort in the night cap, saying, "in the second game we saw the potential of this team to play Bears softball as we backed up a solid pitching performance with good defense and timely hitting, and it was nice to see the production from the bottom part of the order."
The Bears conclude the Florida portion of their 2013 schedule tomorrow, Saturday, March 16th with a pair of games against Anderson (Ind.) and Rowan. Game times are scheduled for 1:00 and 3:00 pm.