NEW LONDON, Conn. - The Coast Guard softball team broke open up a close game in the bottom of the six scoring four runs helping them to an 8-2 victory over Bay Path Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action at Nitchman Field.
With the win the Bears improve to 16-15 on the season while the Wildcats drop to 12-12 overall.
Freshman Kayla Sowers was 1-5 with a double, two RBI's and a run scored. Freshman Claire Hurley went 3-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Junior Casey Cruzpino and sophomore Malia Hindle were both 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored while sophomore Sharayah Simco was 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Senior Sara Cammuso was 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Freshman Lilly West led Bay Path going 2-3 with two RBI's. Junior Lauren Vallee hit the teams only double while senior Krystal Fredette and sophomore Jailinne Ruiz each had a run scored.
The Bears took the lead right from the get go as Cruzpino singled to shortstop plating Hurley in the bottom of the first for the early 1-0 lead.
Coast Guard added to the early advantage in the bottom of the second as Sowers double to left center bringing both Cammuso and sophomore Kelli Franza around to score. Hurley matched Sowers, smacking a double to right center bringing Sowers in for a 4-0 lead.
The Wildcats cut the lead in half in the top of the third as West came to the plate with the bases loaded and singled down the left field line bringing Ruiz and Fredette around to score making the score 4-2.
After three scoreless innings the Bears closed out the game in the bottom of the six as Hindle, Simco and Cammuso all hit RBI singles giving Coast Guard the 8-2 victory and moving them over .500 for the season.
Freshman Julia Ferris (9-10) pitched her third consecutive complete allowing two runs on eight hits and struck out a career high nine batters.
Sophomore Madison Goodhart (6-6) allowed four runs on four hits and struck out two in four innings of work. Freshman Felicia Gaillardetz pitched the final two innings allowing two earned runs on five hits and struck out one.
Coast Guard is back in action this Friday, April 21st, when they host the Emerson Lions in NEWMAC action. First pitch is 3:00 pm.