FORT MYERS, Fla.—Coast Guard scored four runs with two outs in the seventh inning without the benefit of a hit to break a 1-1 tie as the Bears beat Skidmore 5-1 at the Gene Cusic Classic.
Coast Guard, which improved to 2-1, took advantage of three walks, three hit batters and an error to score the four runs and beat the Thoroughbreds, an NCAA tournament team last season that was 30-13 a year ago and has gone to the NCAA tournament in two of the last three years.
Senior Mike Massaro drew a one out walk, he was sacrificed to second when Skidmore senior ace Max Martins was lifted. Senior Cameron Carroll was hit by a pitch and freshman Kyle Wood drew a walk to load the bases. Freshman Cory Sonnega drew a walk to force in a run, the Bears scored a run on an error before sophomore Dan Sabourin walked and senior Tyler Babkiewich was hit by a pitch to make the score 5-1.
Senior Nolan Gallagher, who drove in five runs in the game one win on Friday, delivered an RBI single in the first to score Petry, who led off the game with a walk. Coast Guard managed just two hits in the game, the other was a single by senior Eric Gerken in the eighth.
Senior Nate Toll started for Coast Guard and pitched five great innings allowing six hits and an earned run while not walking a batter and fanning four. Senior Curt Barrett (1-0) was also brilliant as he worked three and two-thirds innings out of the bullpen allowing just two hits with two walks and four strikeouts to get the win.
Senior Tyler Vieira came on in the ninth with runners on the corners and recorded a strikeout to register his second save of the young season.
"Our pitching staff did a great job against a very quality team today," said Coast Guard head coach C.C. Grant. "We played great defense all day long, not making a single error, which kept us in the game before we were able to score the runs in the seventh."
The Bears are back in action on Sunday when they take on Salve Regina at 10 a.m.