Bears Split with Bantams

Junior Hannah Ingerson
Junior Hannah Ingerson

HARTFORD, Conn - Coast Guard split a non-conference doubleheader versus NESCAC foe Trinity. The Bantams erased a four-run deficit in the opener to score a 12-4 victory in six innings, while the Bears took game two, 6-3. The Bears are now 12-14 on the season while Trinity is now 6-16.

In game one, Coast Guard got on the board early, plating four runs in the top of the first. Senior Jessie Richardson singled in the first at bat of the game. After senior Erin Lisko moved Richardson over on a groundout to third junior Morgan Kingston singled, and drove in Richardson giving the Bears a 1-0 lead.

Freshman Emma Hvozdovich then walked putting runners on first and third for junior Hannah Ingerson who hit her first home run of the season over the left field fence a putting Coast Guard up 4-0.

Trinity cut into the Bears lead with a run in both the third and fourth innings. Senior Bianca Brenz got the Bantams on the board with an RBI double down the left field line that brought junior Elizabeth McQuaid racing home. 

Trinity made it a two-run game an inning later as sophomore Olivia DeJoie had an RBI single to right. In the fifth inning, the Bantams came back to tie the game and take a big lead as they erupted for eight runs on eight hits. First-year Michelle Treglia had a single that scored two runs in the frame and five other Bantams had RBIs in the innings as Trinity took a 10-4 lead. 

In the sixth inning DeJoie hit a walk-off double that scored two runs and gave the Bantams a 12-4 win.

Ingerson was 1-4 with a home run and a season high three RBI's. Kingston was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Richardson and Lisko were both 2-4.  

Six different players for Trinity recorded multi-hit games as the Bantams had a season-high 16 hits. 

In the circle, junior Sarah Sorenesen (10-13) took the loss going four and a third giving up eight earned runs on ten hits. Freshman Emily Dow relieved Sorensen pitching two thirds of an inning giving up two earned runs on four hits.

Junior Hannah King (5-7) earned the victory pitching a complete game six inning, giving up four earned runs on ten hits and struck out five. 

In the second game, the roles were reversed as Coast Guard rallied to win 6-3. The Bantams got on the board first as first-year Alex Hnat reached on a fielder's choice and McQuaid came charging home for the first run of the game. 

In the top of the fourth, the Bears took advantage of four walks by Bantam freshman Rachael Smith. With the bases loaded freshman Casey Cruzpino walked bringing home Kingston. Later in the inning sophomore Sara Cammuso singled up the middle plating Hvozdovich. Richardson finished off the four run inning with a two RBI single scoring Cruzpino and sophomore Cherokee Strickland and giving the Bears a three run advantage.

Trinity made it a one-run game in the home half of the fifth as freshman Paolo Otero hit a two run home run to left center making the score 4-3. 

Looking for insurance runs in the top of the seventh, Hvozdovich stepped to the plate with Kingston on first and crushed a two run home run putting Coast Guard up 6-3. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Trinity  threatened as they loaded the bases courtesy of a single and a pair of two-out walks. Coast Guard pitcher Sarah Sorenson would get out of the jam as she induced an game ending grounder to herself and gave the Bears their twelfth win of the year,

Richardson went 2-4 with two RBI's while Hvozdovich was 1-3 with a home run, two RBI's, and two runs scored. Cruzpino and Cammuso both added RBI's of their own. 

The Bantams were led by Otero who was 1-3 with a home run, two RBI's, and a run scored. Hnat added the teams other RBI going 1-3.

Sorenson (11-13) tossed a complete game scattering nine hits and giving up three earned runs. 

Smith (1-4) pitching 6.2 innings, giving up six hits and allowing six runs.

The Bears are back in action on Friday, April 17th as the host Emerson for a NEWMAC double header. First pitch is 3:00 pm.