Bears Win on Walk Off to Salvage Split With Wesleyan

Sydney Arendt
Sydney Arendt

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Charlee Kraiss delivered a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh scoring Carly Hattman as Coast Guard beat Wesleyan 2-1 in the second game of a doubleheader to salvage a split after dropping the opener 12-7.

Coast Guard is now 9-7 on the season while Wesleyan is 8-7 on the year.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when at Clark in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader at 3:00.

GAME ONE – WESLEYAN 12, COAST GUARD 7

The Cardinals hit three homers, two three-run shots and two-run homer to outslug the Bears.

Lauren Gaffney-Gomez and Sophia Sciarappa both hit three-run homers while Kendall Mancuso hit a two-run homer as Wesleyan erased an early 3-0 deficit.

Olivia Gorman was 4 for 5 with a double while Maddie Ikeda and Courtney Collins-Pisano each had two hits for the Cardinals.

Audrey Bartz was 3 for 3 with a solo homer for Coast Guard while Hattman and Courtney McKenna each had two hits for the Bears.

Coast Guard jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by McKenna, a bases loaded walk to Maggie Perez and an RBI ground out by Julia Ferris.

Wesleyan tied the game on a three-run homer to center by Gaffney-Gomez in the second.

Bartz put the Bears back in the lead with a line drive homer to center in the third for a 4-3 lead.

The Cardinals tied it in the fifth on an RBI fielder's choice by Sciarappa.

Wesleyan scored four in the sixth taking the lead on a suicide squeeze single by Courtney Collins-Pisano before Sciarappa delivered the big blow, a three-run homer to center for an 8-4 lead.

The Cardinals added four more in the seventh as Collins-Pisano had an RBI single, Olivia Gorman followed with an RBI double before Mancuso hit a two-run homer to right center to make the score 12-4.

The Bears would get three in the home half of the seventh on a an RBI single by Maggie Perez, a sacrifice fly by Emma Noury and the Bears scored the final run on an error.

Danielle Rinaldi (3-3) got the win going five innings and allowing six hits and four earned runs while walking four and fanning three.

Julia Ferris (5-4) took the loss for the Bears.


GAME TWO – COAST GUARD 2, WESLEYAN 1

Sydney Arendt (4-3) went the distance allowing just five hits and an earned run and Kraiss delivered the sacrifice fly with one out in the seventh to give the Bears the 2-1 win.

The speedy Hattman led off the seventh by beating out a ball fielded by the pitcher. Claire Hurley laid down a perfect bunt and Hattman with a heads up base running play advanced to third as nobody covered the base setting up the game winning sacrifice fly.

The Bears struck first in the third on an RBI single by McKenna and the Cardinals tied the game on a sacrifice fly by Gorman in the fifth.

Gaffney-Gomez (4-4) went the distance allowing eight hits and a pair of earned runs while walking two and striking out four in taking the loss.

Hattman and McKenna each had two hits and an RBI in the night cap for Coast Guard.