Kahl Leads Bears to Sweep of Western New England
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Coast Guard exploded for six runs in the sixth inning of game one to break a 3-3 tie en route to a 9-3 win before holding off Western New England 5-4 in the nightcap to complete the sweep of the non-conference doubleheader.
Western New England scored three times in the top of the first in the opener with RBI ground outs by sophomore Samantha Mulhern and senior Jena Longo before an RBI single by junior Katie Eckert.
Coast Guard scored one in the first on an RBI single by freshman Morgan Kingston and another in the second on an RBI single by sophomore Erin Lisko to cut the deficit to 3-2.
The Bears tied the game in the fourth on an RBI single by senior All-American Holli Bastinck scoring senior Summer Dupler, who led off with a bunt single.
In the big sixth inning, senior Kaitlin Ward's RBI single broke the 3-3 tie. Classmate Stacia Sarwinski followed with a two-run single before freshman Hannah Ingerson blasted a towering three-run homer to center to push the lead to 9-3.
Freshman Kristine Kahl (8-4) went the distance and did not allow an earned run while scattering nine hits and not walking or striking out a batter to pickup the win.
Freshman Heidi Grieger allowed two runs in the first two innings before giving way to freshman Leah Torre (3-6), who allowed seven runs, all earned in the final four innings to take the loss for Western New England.
Coast Guard had 17 hits in the opener with Dupler, Kingston and Ward each having three hits while sophomore Jessie Richardson, Bastinck and Ingerson each added a pair of hits in the game one win.
Sophomore Hannah Hill was 3 for 3 in the opener while juniors Maria Francese and Katie Eckert each added two hits in game one for the Golden Bears.
In the night cap, Coast Guard struck first with three runs in the first on six singles. Richardson had an RBI single before Ward delivered a two-run single for the 3-0 lead.
Western New England got two in the second as sophomore Emily Mastropaolo led off with a double and scored on an RBI single by sophomore Samantha Mulhern before Hill's RBI single.
Coast Guard came right back with two in the home half of the second on an RBI single by Lisko, which also scored a run on an error by the left fielder for a 5-2 lead.
Sophomore pitcher Lauren Zambrano helped her own cause with an RBI single in the sixth to make it a 5-3 game.
In the seventh, Mastropaolo and Mulhern led off with back-to-back singles and a misplayed ball put them on second and third chasing Coast Guard starter Sammy Yuknat.
Kahl came on and allowed an RBI single to Eckert before getting back-to-back comebackers to keep the score at 5-4 with two outs. Hill, who was 6 for 6 on the day, then flew out to right field to end the game. as Kahl recorded her first collegiate save. Yuknat (6-5) allowed 12 hits and three earned runs while walking two and fanning one to get the win.
Zambrano (11-4) went the distance for the Golden Bears and allowed 11 hits and five runs, all earned, while walking one and striking out two in taking the loss.
Dupler and Kingston each had two hits in game two to finish with five hits each in the sweep for Coast Guard.
Mastropaolo was 3 for 3 while Hill added more hits in game two for Western New England while Zambrano and Mulhern added two hits each in game two.
Coast Guard improves to 14-9 overall while Western New England drops to 15-12.
"Kristine threw great for us today, not allowing an earned run in the opener and getting us out of a jam in the seventh in game two to get a save," said Coast Guard head coach Donna Koczajowski. "I was pleased with the offense as we got plenty of production from the top of the order while the bottom of the order had the big hits in our six-run sixth. These were two solid wins for us, but we still need to improve defensively."
The Bears are back in action on Friday when they host WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.