Bears Move to 4-0 in Conference Play

Bears Move to 4-0 in Conference Play

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard remained unbeaten in conference playing taking two from Clark 6-0 and 9-1 Friday afternoon.

With the two win the Bears improve to 11-3 on the season and 4-0 in the NEWMAC. This is the best conference start for Coast Guard since the 2009 season when the Bears started off 3-0-1. The Cougars fall to 4-8 overall and 0-2 in the NEWMAC.

Senior Emma Hvozdovich continued to rake for Coast Guard going a combined 5-8 with three RBI's, three runs scored, a double, a triple and her third homerun of the season. She is tied for third in the conference in homeruns (3) and fourth in RBI's (19).

Sophomore Audrey Bartz went 4-5 with a double, and RBI and a run scored while freshman Charlee Kraiss finished with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Sophomore Carly Hattman went 3-7 with two RBI's and two runs scored while classmate Courtney McKenna finished the day 3-6 with a run scored and an RBI.

In game one, the Bears got on the board in the first inning when an RBI single to right center from Bartz scored Kraiss for the early 1-0 lead. 

Coast Guard added a run in the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings to extend their lead to 3-0. Sophomore Claire Hurley singled to third to score Bartz in the fourth (2-0) and a double to left center fromHvozdovich sent Hattman home for the 3-0 advantage.

The Bears put up three more runs in the sixth included an RBI bunt single from Hattman to clinch the 6-0 victory.

Sophomore Julia Ferris (6-2) pitched her second shutout of the season allowing one unearned run, scattering four hits and striking out five.

In game two, the Cougars scored their first run of the day in the first inning of game two. First year Jessica Urella started things off with a single, bunt to get on base. With two outs a single up the middle from senior Sami West scored Urella for the early 1-0 lead.

The Bears responded as they recorded five hits and six runs in the bottom of the first. Hvozdovich tripled to deep right field to tie the game at 1-1 when Kraiss crossed home plate. Senior Casey Cruzpino earned an RBI when she singled down the right field line to score McKenna. Junior Emily Hogan, Hurley and Hattman all recorded RBI singles to close out the inning with the Bears leading, 6-1.

Hvodozdovich recorded her third hit of the day when she homered to left field in the bottom of the second inning (7-1). Coast Guard then added another run in the bottom of the third as McKenna earned an RBI when she singled down the right field line to score Hvozdovich for the 8-1 advantage.

The Bears scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth as McKenna singled up the middle, plating Kraiss and giving Coast Guard the 9-1 victory.

Freshman Sydney Arendt (5-1) pitched her third complete game of the season allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out four.

Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow, March 31st, when they travel to Cambridge, Massachusetts to take on the MIT Engineers. First pitch is noon.