Bears Push Winning Streak to Five

Mackenzie Everett
Mackenzie Everett

CLERMONT, Fla. -  The Coast Guard softball team continues to roll in Florida winning two more games over Juniata (7-6) and Penn State New Kensington (17-0 - 5 innings) on day three of the PFX Games.

GAME ONE: COAST GUARD 7 JUNIATA 6

The Bears came back from a six run deficit scoring seven unanswered runs to top the Eagles 7-6.

With the win Coast Guard improves to 4-1 while Juniata drops to 3-2.

Freshman Claire Hurley went 3-3 with a double, three RBI's and one run scored. Junior Emma Hvozdovich went 2-4 with two runs scored while freshman Courtney McKenna went 1-4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. Freshman Kayla Sowers, sophomore Emily Hogan and junior Casey Cruzpino each tacked on an RBI of their own.

Chrisi Lerchen led the Eagles going 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Jennifer Carthew was 1-1 with two RBI's while Kerigan Ammerman went 2-4 with a run scored.

Juniata jumped out to a five run lead in the top of the fifth with five different players tallying RBI's on a sacrifice fly, three singles and a double.

The Eagles pushed it to six on a sacrifice bunt from Jennifer Carthew in the top of the third inning.

The Bears bats came to life in the bottom of the fourth scoring five runs. McKenna got the ball rolling for Coast Guard with a triple down the right field line plating Hvozdovich. Cruzpino then singled to left scoring Hvozdovich. After a sacrifice fly to right field from Hogan, Hurley came to the plate and slapped a double to right center scoring both senior Sara Cammuso and sophomore Malia Hindle.

Coast Guard tied the game in the bottom of the fifth as McKenna reached first on an error which brought Hvozdovich around to score making the score 6-6.

Sowers pushed the Bears ahead for good in the bottom of the sixth, doubling to right center scoring Hurley making the score 7-6 and giving Coast Guard their fourth win of the season.

Freshman Kylie Vaverek (2-0) earned the win in relief pitching six and a third innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out four. 

Chris Lerchen (1-1) took the loss for the Eagles pitching two innings and allowing one earned run on five hits and striking out one. Carthew started the game for Juniata pitching four innings and allowing five runs on five hits.

GAME TWO: COAST GUARD 17 PENN ST. NEW KENSINGTON 0 (5 INNINGS)

The Bears dominated both in the pitching circle and in the batter's box scoring 17 runs and allowing one hit on their way to their fifth win in a row.

With the win Coast Guard improves to (5-1) while the Nittany Lions drop to 0-4.

Sowers went 3-5 in game two with two RBI's and two runs scored. Mckenna went 3-3 with three RBI's and two runs scored while Hvozdovich also plated three going 2-5 with a triple and two runs scored. Sophomore Sharayah Simco and classmate Hindle each had two RBI's as well. 

McKenna got the Bears going singling to left center scoring Hurley for the early 1-0 lead.

After the two scoreless innings the Coast Guard bat's erupted for 10 runs in the top of the fourth putting the game well out of reach. 

The Bears added six runs in the top of the fifth wrapping up the teams fifth win in a row.

Sophomore Mackenzie Everett (2-0) had a career day in the circle allowing only one hit and striking out two in five innings of work  on 44 pitches.

Pitcher Stephanie Drapela took the loss pitching four innings allowing nine earned runs on 11 hits and walking three. Stephanie Schrecengost came in relief to pitch the final inning allowing three earned runs on six hits and striking out two.

Coast Guard is back in action on Friday, March 10th, when they take on St. Elizabeth and Bates. Opening pitch for the two games is 10:30 and 3:30.