Bears Rally in Game One, Settle for Split with Trinity

NEW LONDON, Conn.-Junior Kelsey Gray delivered a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth in the opener as the Coast Guard softball team split with Trinity College on Tuesday afternoon. With the split Coast Guard now rests at 7-7 on the season while Trinity is now 2-9 this year.

Game One: Coast Guard 3, Trinity 2

Right-fielder Kelsey Gray's (1-3, RBI) one-out single in the sixth plated senior center fielder Kaitlin Ward who led off the inning with a single off the center field fence to give Coast Guard a 3-2 lead as the Bears would hold on for a victory by the same score after rallying from a 2-0 deficit.

Trinity got the scoring started in the top of the first when sophomore Erica Correa grounded a two-out single past the diving arms of junior second baseman Jessie Richardson (1-2, RBI) to plate senior Abigail Ostrom who had a doubled the batter before.

The Bantams would tack on another run in the third as freshman Sarah Reynolds led off the inning with a single to center, was moved to second on a sac bunt, before advancing to third on a wild pitch and scoring on Correa's second RBI-single of the game to give Trinity a 2-0 lead.

The Bears would strike back in the bottom of the fifth with a pair of runs of their own. After Trinity recorded a pair of quick outs to start the inning sophomore shortstop Morgan Kingston (1-4, run) reached on a fielding error. Junior designated player Erin Lisko would follow that up with a towering double to left field to score Kingston and cut the Bantam lead in half at 2-1. Richardson, the NEWMAC's leading hitter, would follow that up with a bloop double down the left field line to score Lisko and tie the game at 2-2.

With one out in the sixth Ward would line a long single off the center field fence to start a Coast Guard rally. Sophomore third baseman Hannah Ingerson followed that up with an impressive 11-pitch walk to put runners on first and second with just one out. That would set the stage for Gray who worked the count in her favor before lining a 2-0 pitch to center to give the Bears a 3-2 lead.

Sophomore right-hander Kristine Kahl (4-2) picked up the win for the Bears working seven innings and allowing just two runs on 10 hits and three walks while recording a pair of strikeouts. Sophomore Hannah King (1-5) was dealt the loss despite six strong innings allowing three runs – one earned – on seven hits and two walks while striking out three.

Game Two: Trinity 4, Coast Guard 1

Senior Claire Prosperi (1-3, 3 RBI) delivered a go-ahead two-run single with one out in the sixth to give Trinity a 3-1 lead as the Bantams would hold on for a 4-1 victory over Coast Guard to salvage a split in the second game of the twin-bill.

Coast Guard opened the scoring in the bottom of the first when Jessie Richardson (1-3, RBI) singled down the left field line to plate Morgan Kingston (2-4, run) who led off the game with a base hit and advanced to second on Erin Lisko's sac bunt.

Trinity would get the run back in the top of the second inning when Prosperi grounded out to short to score sophomore Elizabeth McQuaid (2-2, two runs) from third base to knot the game at 1-1.

The two clubs would trade zeroes for the next three and a half innings until Trinity broke through on Prosperi's base-hit in the sixth. After sophomore Erica Quinones (1-4, RBI, run) and McQuaid led off the inning with back-to-back singles, they were moved to second on a sacrifice by senior Olivia Berry (1-2). With both runners now in scoring position, Prosperi lined a shot into center to score Quinones easily and McQuaid would run through a stop sign at third base but score ahead of the throw to make it 3-1 in favor of the Bantams.

Trinity would add an insurance run in the seventh when Quinones grounded out to second and Abigail Ostrom (1-3, run) scored on the play.

Freshman Lily Jewell (1-4) went five innings and limited the Bears to one run on just two hits to pick up her first collegiate victory. Hannah King worked two scoreless innings of relief, yielding a pair of hits and registering two strikeouts to record the save. Sophomore Sarah Sorensen (3-5) was dealt the loss. She worked all seven innings allowing four runs – all earned – on eight hits and four walks while striking out two.

Coast Guard returns to action on Saturday, March 29th when they are scheduled to take on WPI in a NEWMAC double-header at 12:00 pm before returning home on Sunday, March 30th when they host Wellesley for a 12:00 pm NEWMAC double-header.

Head Coach Donna Koczajowski:

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