Petty Gem Leads Bears to Series Win over WPI
NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Derek Petty twirled a five-hit shutout while striking out a career-high 12 leading Coast Guard to a 5-0 win over WPI after the Engineers won the first game of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader 12-8.
Petty's second career shutout gave the Bears the 2-1 weekend series win as Coast Guard improved to 8-3 overall and 3-2 in conference play while WPI is now 6-11 overall and 2-4 in the NEWMAC.
The senior ace allowed just one extra base hit a, double, while walking just two and recording the 12 strikeouts to improve to 3-0 on the season.
The Bears got all the runs they would need in game two in the top of the first on an RBI single by senior Nolan Gallagher scoring classmate Joe Petry, who led off the game with a walk. Sophomore Matt Hanks, who singled, came around on an RBI ground out by senior Mike Massaro for a 2-0 lead.
The Bears added a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by junior Dave Wolinski, scoring senior Ed Sella, who led off with a double.
Senior Tyler Babkiewich's RBI double in the fifth scored Gallagher, who singled for a 4-0 lead before Wolinski hit his first career home run, a solo shot to right field, in the sixth to give Coast Guard a 5-0 lead.
Sophomore Taylor Landry (0-1), made his first start of the season and worked eight innings allowing eight hits and five earned runs with one walk and seven strikeouts.
Sella was 3 for 4 while Gallagher added a pair of hits in the game two win.
In the opener, The Engineers broke open a 7-7 tie in the opener with a five-run two-out rally in the bottom of the seventh. After they loaded the bases with no outs, it looked Coast Guard would escape the jam with a strikeout and missed squeeze play opportunity, but a two-run single by Vinny D'Ambrosio and consecutive RBI singles from Sean Kelly, Anthony Capuano and D.J. Ouellette gave WPI the 12-7 lead.
The Bears got a run back in the top of the sixth on a Massaro RBI ground out, but that was the only run reliever Miles Schuler allowed in 5 2/3 innings of work en route to picking up his first collegiate win in three decisions.
WPI jumped out to a 4-0 advantage by notching four two-out runs in the bottom of the first behind a two-RBI single from Will Feraco and a two-run double off the bat of Zach Blanchard.
Coast Guard quickly responded with seven runs in the top of the second, highlighted by a Massaro run-producing single, a Matt Hanks RBI single, bases loaded walks to Blake Thompson and Dan Sabourin and a two-run single by Gallagher and a run scoring on a wild pitch.
Trailing 7-4, the Crimson and Gray clawed back into the game with an Ouellette RBI grounder in the second and a sacrifice fly by Capuano and a RBI double from Ouellette in the fourth.
D'Ambrosio and Ouellette both registered two hits for WPI while Gallagher and Hanks turned the trick for Coast Guard. Reliever Anthony Martin was tagged with the loss for the Bears and is now 0-2 after he allowed two walks and a hit batter in the fifth in relief of senior Riley Beecher, who went the first four innings and allowed five hits and seven earned runs.
Coast Guard is back in action on Sunday when the Bears host Castleton in a doubleheader at noon.
Post Game Comments from Head Coach C.C. Grant