Sowers Shot Salvages Split

Kayla Sowers
Kayla Sowers

NEW LONDON, Conn.  – Sophomore Kayla Sowers hit her first career homer, a two-out, three-run homer off the foul pole in the bottom of the fifth in the second game as Coast Guard split a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader with Wheaton.

The Lyons (10-20, 5-11) won the opener 8-5 before the Bears (21-9, 10-6) returned the favor with a come-from-behind 8-5 in the night cap.

Sophomore Carly Hattman was 6 for 6 in the doubleheader with three runs scored for Coast Guard.

Coast Guard closes out the NEWMAC portion of the season tomorrow with a doubleheader at Babson at noon.

GAME ONE – WHEATON 8, COAST GUARD 5

The Lyons jumped out to a 4-0 lead and held on for the 8-5 win as senior Allison Cox (9-9) went the distance for Wheaton.

Cox scattered ten hits and allowed five earned runs while walking one and fanning one.

Junior Chloe Woodward got the Lyons on the board in the second with a sacrifice fly and Wheaton added three runs in the third on an RBI double by junior Shelbi Wilson before and error led to two more runs and a 4-0 lead.

Senior Emma Hvozdovich had a sacrifice fly before and RBI single by sophomore Courtney McKenna cut the deficit to 4-2 in the third.

Junior Emily Schlapak's two-run double highlighted a four-run fifth as the Lyons took an 8-2 lead.
The double made the score 6-2 before Woodward had an RBI single and junior Lily Ongkiko added an RBI ground out.

Hvozdovich added another sacrifice fly in the fifth, senior Casey Cruzpino had an RBI single in the sixth and McKenna closed the scoring with an RBI single in the seventh.

Sophomore Jade Assad had two hits and score three runs while Schlapak had two hits and two RBI's in the win for Wheaton.

Sophomore Carly Hattman was 3 for 3 with a double and two runs scored while McKenna had three hits and two RBI's for the Bears.

Sophomore Julia Ferris (10-6) went the first 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs, two earned and took the loss.

GAME TWO – COAST GUARD 8, WHEATON 5

Freshman Sydney Arendt (11-2) picked up the win in relief as she allowed just one hit over the final three innings.

Hattman was again 3 for 3 and Sowers' three- shot was one of her two hits in the win while McKenna and junior Malia Hindle each had a pair of hits for Coast Guard.

Wilson had an RBI single in the third and Ongkiko added an RBI single in the fourth as Wheaton took a 2-0 lead.

The Bears would take the lead in home half of the fourth as Cruzpino had an RBI fielder's choice before Hindle tied the game with an RBI single. Coast Guard took a 3-2 lead on Hattman's RBI infield single.

The Lyons scored two in the fifth to retake the lead as Assad had a game-tying RBI double before freshman Jessica Nardozza drove in a run with a ground ball giving Wheaton a 4-3 lead.

Sowers big homer gave the Bears a 6-4 lead and Coast Guard added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth on RBI ground outs by sophomore Claire Hurley and Hvozdovich for an 8-4 lead.

Wheaton scratched across a run in the seventh on an RBI single by freshman Linday Whittles.

Ongkiko, Wilson, Schlapak and freshman Hannah Arkin each had two hits in the second game for Wheaton.

Cox (9-10) went the first five innings and took the loss.