NEW LONDON, Conn.--Senior Derek Petty threw seven scoreless innings and classmate Eric Gerken was 4 for 5 to lead the offense as fifth-seeded Coast Guard beat fourth-seeded Husson 3-1 in the first round of the ECAC Division III New England Baseball tournament in a game played at the Coast Guard Academy because Husson's field was unavailable due to graduation.
The Bears (23-16) advance to the semifinals for the second time in three years and will take on top-seeded Suffolk on Saturday at noon at MIT. The championship game will be held at MIT on Sunday at noon.
Petty (6-3) allowed just five singles, walked a pair and struck out five to pick up the win, the 14th of his career.
Coast Guard manufactured single runs in both the second and third innings. In the second, senior Tyler Babkiewich led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by the catcher. He scored on a ground out by senior Mike Massaro for a 1-0 lead.
In the third inning, senior Joe Petry and Gerken led off with back-to-back singles and Petry later scored on a ground out by freshman Mark Behne to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.
The game stayed that way until the eighth when Gerken led off with a double in the left field gap and scored on an RBI single by senior Nolan Gallagher to take a 3-0 lead.
Husson got its run in the bottom of the eighth of Coast Guard reliever Curt Barrett when juniors Cody McInnis and Pat Thiboudeau started the inning with back-to-back singles, McInnis, who earlier took third on a wild pitch, scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Dylan Foster, but Barrett got a ground ball double play to end the inning.
Senior Tyler Vieira came on to get the final three out and record his eighth save of the season, allowing a pair of singles and striking out two.
Senior Brandon Reilly (5-4) pitched eight solid innings for Husson scattering nine hits and allowing a pair of earned runs while walking one and striking out three in the final game of his career.
Babkiewich and Petry each had two hits in the win for Coast Guard while Thibobdeau and freshman J.T. Whitten each had three hits to lead Husson while McInnis had two hits in the loss.
Husson, which won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) tournament championship on Monday, finishes the season 26-18.
The Coast Guard senior class registered its 70th career win, just one shy of the four-year school record of 71 set from 2000-2003.
2013 ECAC Division III New England Baseball Tournament
Wednesday, May 8th
Elms 9, Castleton State 3
Thursday, May 9th
Coast Guard 3, Husson 1
Friday, May 10th
#6 Mitchell at #3 MIT, 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 11th @ MIT
Coast Guard vs. Suffolk, noon
Elms vs. 3/6 winner, 3 p.m.
Sunday, May 12th @MIT
Post Game Comments from Head Coach C.C. Grant