Bears Fall in Northern Opener

Trey Rittenhouse
Trey Rittenhouse

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Eric Marriott  3-for-4 with a pair of homers and three RBI to lead Mitchell to a 13-1 win over visiting Coast Guard.

Mitchell starter Ryan Solimine turned in his best outing of the season, tossing 6.0 scoreless innings while allowing three hits and striking out four. He improved to 2-1 on the season.

Coast Guard loaded the bases with one out in the top of the first, but Solimine got a strike out and ground out to escape unscathed. Marriott then led off the bottom of the frame with a solo shot over the right-center fence to put the Mariners on the board. Two batters later, a double by Steve Cochrane drove in Melendez to make it 2-0.

Mitchell led 3-0 before breaking the game open with a six-run fifth inning to take a 9-0 lead.

Marriott hit a two-run homer—to virtually the same spot in right-center—to highlight a four-run seventh inning. The long ball was his team-leading fourth of the season, and it gave him the first multi-homer game of his Mitchell career.

The Bears plated their lone run in the ninth as senior pitcher Jack Brandt had a pinch hit single in his first career at-bat, moved to third on a double by Dylan Roberts and scored on an RBI single by Trey Rittenhouse.

Coast Guard starter Brett Sullivan yielded three runs (one earned) on three hits in 2.0 innings of work. He dropped to 1-2 on the season.

The Bears (5-3) returns to action at home against Westfield State tomorrow at 3:30.


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