NEW LONDON, Conn.--A trio of Coast Guard pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout as Coast Guard beat Albertus Magnus 1-0 in the first game of a doubleheader before falling 3-2 in a game called after six innings due to darkness in the nightcap.
Senior Riley Beecher (1-1), picked up the win as he was designated as the pitcher of record before the game started and was on a pitch count, allowed a pair of hits, walked two and struck out three over the first three innings. Sophomore Andrew Lucak also allowed two hits while walking a batter over the next three innings before senior closer Tyler Vieira allowed one hit and struck out a batter in the seventh to register his fourth save of the season.
Vieira made his school record 61st appearance breaking the record of 60 set by Matt Smith (2001-'04), who also served as the Bears closer.
The only run of the game came in the bottom of the first when senior Joe Petry reached on an infield single and scored on RBI double by senior Nolan Gallagher.
Sophomore Mike Barillaro (0-2) was the tough luck loser for the Falcons in the opener as he went the distance and allowed just four hits and the earned run while walking one and striking out five.
Senior Tyler Babkiewich had two of the Bears four hits in the game one win while sophomore Shane Osborn and junior Patrick Dornfield each had two hits for Albertus in the opener.
In game two, Albertus struck first in the first as freshman Justin Poirier and junior Zak Sokolis led off the game with back-to-back singles before and RBI single by Osborn gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead.
Albertus added two insurance runs in the fifth taking advantage a walk and three hit batters as well as an RBI single by Sokolis and an RBI ground out by senior Robert Gambardella for a 3-0 lead.
Coast Guard broke up the shutout in the bottom of the sixth as sophomore Matt Hanks singled, Gallagher reached on a fielder's choice and Babkiewich walked to put runners on first and second. The Bears tried a double steal and throw to third sailed into left field to put Coast Guard on the board. Senior Mike Massaro followed with an RBI single to cut the deficit to 3-2. Sophomore Tim Betts added a single, but a line drive at the shortstop by freshman Mark Behne ended the game.
Freshman Ryan Fowler (2-0) went the distance and allowed five hits, two earned runs while walking two and striking out six to pick up the win.
Coast Guard used four different pitchers with senior Derek Petty (3-1) taking his first loss of the season after starting and allowing one run on three hits while fanning three.
Senior Nate Toll threw a pair of scoreless innings while sophomore Anthony Martin also threw a scoreless inning for Coast Guard.
Coast Guard is now 10-6 overall while Albertus Magnus is 2-7 on the season.
The Bears are back in action on Friday when they host Clark in the first game of a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) three-game weekend series at 3:30 p.m.
Post Game Comments from Head Coach C.C. Grant