Bartz Blasts Lead Bears to Sweep of Mitchell

Audrey Bartz
Audrey Bartz

NEW LONDON, Conn. –  Coast Guard erupted for six runs in the fifth to break a 3-3 tie in the opener and sophomore Audrey Bartz hit a pair of homers and drove in seven runs in the nightcap as host Coast Guard swept Mitchell 9-7 and 16-4 in five innings in a non-conference doubleheader.

Coast Guard improves to 20-8 on the season while Mitchell drops to 9-15. It is the first 20 win season for the Bears since 2013.

The Bears are back in action at home on Friday against Wheaton in a doubleheader at 3:00.

GAME ONE – COAST GUARD 9, MITCHELL 7

Mitchell scored an unearned run in the first before a solo homer by freshman Laurissa Amaker, the first of her career, in the third gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead. Senior Meghan Elphcik's RBI infield single in the third pushed the lead to 3-0.

Coast Guard got on the board in the third on an RBI groundout by sophomore Sarah Kemp. The Bears would tie the game in the fourth on an RBI double by senior Casey Cruzpino and an RBI single by junior Kelli Franza.

The Bears broke the game open with six runs in the fifth. Sophomore Kayla Sowers gave Coast Guard a 4-3 lead with an RBI single. Franza had an RBI single to center which was misplayed allowing three runs to score and sophomore Carly Hattman followed with RBI single before sophomore Courtney McKenna drew a bases loaded walk to give the Bears a 9-3 lead.

Freshman Shyla Phillips-Krick's sacrifice fly in the sixth cut the deficit to 9-4.

Mitchell did not go quietly in the seventh scoring on passed ball before and RBI singles by senior Danielle Autieri and freshman Maliah Pabellon pulled the Mariners to within 9-7 with the tying runs on first and second.

Freshman Sydney Arendt got a ground out to record her third save of the season. Freshman Julia Ferris (10-6) went 6 2/3 innings was touched for six earned runs and walked one while fanning five to get the win.

Phillips-Krick (4-8) went the distance and took the loss allowing six earned runs.

Hattman had three hits for Coast Guard while Bartz, Sowers, and Franza each added two hits in the win.

Senior Samantha DelConte (3 runs scored) and Elphick each had three hits for Mitchell while Autieri had two hits and scored a pair of runs for Mitchell.

GAME TWO – COAST GUARD 16, MITCHELL 4 (5 INNINGS)

Bartz was 3 for 3 with a pair of three-run homers and seven RBI's as Coast Guard fell behind 4-0 in the first and scored 16 unanswered runs for the win.

Freshman Kaitlin Thibodeau-Casey had an RBI single in the first before Autieri hit a three-run homer to center, her first of the season to give Mitchell a 4-0 lead.

Bartz would go deep in the home half, hitting a three-run shoe to center to cut the deficit to 4-3.

Junior Emily Hogan's RBI single in the second tied the game before Bartz belted a three-run shot to right giving Coast Guard the Bears a 7-4 lead to highlight a five run second inning.

Bartz's RBI single in the third pushed the Coast Guard lead to 10-4.

Freshman Noelle Greenwood drove in her first career run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Hogan laced a two-run double, McKenna had an RBI single before Sowers closed the scoring with a two-run double as the Bears added six more in the fourth.

Bartz and Hogan were both 3 for 3 with three runs scored while Hogan drove in three. McKenna, Hindle, Sowers and sophomore Kylie Vaverek each had two hits in the game two win as the Bears finished with 17 hits.

Arendt (10-2) went the distance allowing six hits and struck out a career-high eight to get the win.

Junior Taylor Duchesneau (5-7) went the distance and took the loss for Mitchell.