NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard swept Emerson 6-0 and 5-4 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play, highlighted by a walk-off RBI double by junior Emily Hogan in game two of Sunday afternoon's doubleheader.
With the win, the Bears improve to 13-5 on the season and 6-2 in conference play. This is the best start to conference play since 2011 when Coast Guard started 1-1 in the NEWMAC and then rattled off 14 straight wins. Emerson falls to 13-9 overall and 3-7 in the NEWMAC.
Hogan went a combined 5-7 on the day with three doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Sophomore Claire Hurley was 4-8 with three runs scored, two RBI's and a double while senior Emma Hvozdovich and sophomore Audrey Bartz each had a homerun in game one. Sophomore Courtney McKenna finished the day 4-7 with an RBI, a run scored and a double.
Senior Jacqueline DeFusco and junior Alena Jones each had double in game two for Emerson with Defusco plating two and Jones bringing another run across.
In game one, Coast Guard used three runs in the bottom of the third and fourth to secure the 6-0 victory.
The bottom of the third was all power for the Bears as Hvozdovich rocketed a homerun off the scoreboard in leftfield scoring Hurley for the 2-0 lead. Two batters later Bartz hit a shot to right centerfield for her second homerun of the season and the three run advantage.
Coast Guard added three more runs in the bottom of the fourth as the Bears took advantage of an error by Emerson to keep the inning alive scoring two runs on an error by the shortstop and another on a passed ball by the catcher wrapping up the 6-0 win in game one.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair with four lead changes and four ties.
After the Lions tied the game in the seventh on a RBI double from DeFusco, they were able to get to get two quick outs in the bottom of the inning, looking to send the game to extras.
The Coast Guard bats came alive however with two outs as sophomore Kayla Sowers was able to leg out an infield single. Hogan then came to the plate and doubled to left centerfield bringing Sowers all the way around to score and giving the Bears their first sweep of Emerson since 2015.
Sophomore Julia Ferris (7-3) had a strong outing in game one pitching her third complete game and shutout of the season allowing no runs on four hits and striking out two. Freshman Sydney Arendt (6-2) pitched her fifth complete game of the season, allowing two earned runs on seven hits and striking out two in game two.
Freshman Neely Eddleston (9-5) took the loss in both games pitching a combined 6.2 innings allowing six earned runs on 14 hits and striking out five.
Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday, April 10th, when they travel to New Haven, Connecticut to take on Albertus Magnus in non-conference action. First pitch is 2:30.