Coast Guard Continues to Roll in Florida

Emily Hvozdovich
Emily Hvozdovich

CLERMONT, Fla. - Bears continue their winning ways pushing their record to 7-1 with wins over St Elizabeth (8-1) and Bates (16-3 - 5 innings) at day four of the PFX Games.

GAME ONE: COAST GUARD 8 ST. ELIZABETH 1

The Bears pushed their winning streak to six in a row, overcoming an early 1-0 deficit to beat the Eagles 9-1.

With the win Coast Guard improves to 6-1 while St. Elizabeth drops to 1-9.

The Bears were led by junior Emma Hvozdovich who went 3-3 with two triples, three RBI's and two runs scored. Freshman Courtney McKenna was 1-3 with a triple and two RBI's. Freshmen Claire Hurley and Carly Hattman each had a RBI as well.

Caitlin Gibson had the lone RBI for the Eagles going 1-3 while Heather Passaro was 1-4 with a run scored.

Gibson singled in the lone run for the Eagles in the opening frame as she singled to shortstop plating Passaro from third.

The Bears quickly tied the game in the bottom of the first as Hvozdovich earned a walk and then quickly attempted to take second. Hvozdovich took the attention of the St. Elizabeth fielders which allowed Mckenna to scamper home from third and tie the game.

Coast Guard took the lead for good in the bottom of the third as Hvozdovich ripped one of her two triples over the center fielders head scoring both Hurley and Hattman. McKenna then came up and lined a sacrifice fly to center scoring Hvozdovich for the the 4-1 lead.

The Bears added two runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to lock up their sixth win in a row.

Sophomore Mackenzie Everett (3-0) pitched her second complete game in a row allowing one unearned run on four hits, walking three and striking out one. Through three starts Everett has only allowed six earned runs on nine hits and struck out five.

Danesha Triplett (0-2) allowed eight runs on 10 hits and walked four.

GAME TWO: COAST GUARD 16 BATES 3 (5 INNINGS)

For the third time this season junior Casey Cruzpino had four or more RBI's leading the Bears to a 16-3 victory over the Bobcats.

With the win Coast Guard improves to 7-1 while Bates drops to 1-1 to start the season. This is the best start to a season for the Bears since 2011 when they started 16-0.

Cruzpino was 2-3 with a triple, double, four RBI's and two runs scored. Hvozdovich continued to rake going 1-2 with a double, two RBI's and three runs scored. McKenna went 1-2 with an RBI and two runs scored. The three players have combined this break to bat .557 with 41 RBI's, eight doubles, five triples and three home runs.

Bates was led by Tori Fitzgerald who went 1-3 with a double and two RBI's. Julia Treadwell was 1-3 with an RBI.

Coast Guard took the lead from the get go as Cruzpino tripled down the left field line scoring McKenna and Hvozdovich. Sophomore Sharayah Simco then doubled down the right field line plating Cruzpino. Sophomore Emily Hogan finished up the inning with an RBI single up the middle scoring Simco.

Bates kept it a one run game in the bottom of the first answering with three runs on a two RBI double by Fitgerald followed by an RBI single through the left side by Treadwell.

After scoring scoring three more runs in the top of the third the Bears erupted for eight in the top of the third giving them a 15-3 lead. The inning was highlighted by a double from Hvozdovich that plated both Hurley and Sowers.

Coast Guard scored their final run of the game in the top of the fourth as freshman Francesca Farlow came in to pinch hit and laced an RBI double down the left field line scoring Hurley. The RBI was the first of Farlow's collegiate career wrapping up the Bears 16-3 five inning win.

Freshman Julia Ferris (2-1) went the full five innings allowing two earned runs on five hits and struck out a career best seven strike outs. The seven punch outs are the most in a single game since Hayley Feindel fired a two hit shut out striking out 10 against Eastern Connecticut in the 2012 Regional Championship snapping the Warriors 40 game win streak.

Sam Fellers (0-1) pitched five innings allowing 12 earned runs on 16 hits, walking five and striking out one.

Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow on their final day in Florida taking on Webster and SUNY Geneseo. First pitch for the two games are 10:30 and 1:00.