CLERMONT, Fla.-- Coast Guard softball opened the season with a split with Westfield State and Carroll University on Sunday afternoon. The Bears defeated Westfield, 5-4 before dropping to Carroll, 6-1.
Westfield starts the season 0-1, and Carroll improves to 4-2 on their season with the win.
The Bears will play again tomorrow, against Bridgewater State at 9:00 AM and Becker at 11:15 AM.
GAME ONE- COAST GUARD 5; WESTFIELD 4
Westfield took a 2-0 lead with two RBI's on a double from Caitlin Hughes.
Senior Sharayah Simco cut the deficit, putting the Bears on the board, 2-1 as she grounded out to shortstop, with an RBI at the top of the first.
The Bears took a 3-2 lead at the top of the third as McKenna advanced to second with two RBI's.
Bri Tortora hit a triple for the Owls to bring in two RBI's and tie the game 4-4 in the bottom of the fourth.
Ferris pitched a clean inning, retiring the last three batters of the game with help from a diving catch from McKenna to end the game.
GAME TWO- CARROLL 6, COAST GUARD 1
Junior Amanda Osterhus pitched 12 strikeouts and two walks to lead the Carroll University to a 6-1 victory.
Freshman Sierra Grubor went three for four and scored two runs for Carroll, which collected nine hits.
Junior Lexy Kemnitzer went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and scored a run for the Pioneers. Kemnitzer drove in what proved to be the winning run on a groundout in the top of the first inning.
Senior Veronica Rodriguez,, freshman Katelyn Schneider and freshman Madison Wagner each drove in a run.
Junior Kayla Sowers drove in the lone run in the sixth for Coast Guard in the bottom of the sixth.