FORT MYERS, Fla. – Baruch scored nine runs in the seventh inning taking advantage of eight walks enroute to an 11-5 win over Coast Guard at the Gene Cusic Classic.
Freshman Luke Snaitkowski making his first career start for Coast Guard was outstanding. He went six innings and allowed just four hits and two runs – one earned, while walking three and striking out seven. He left the game with a 3-2 lead.
Baruch (3-5) scored twice in the top of the second on a sacrifice fly and a throwing error. The Bears got one back in the home half when senior Lukas Laplante led off with a triple to center and scored on a wild pitch.
The Bears tied the game in the fourth when Laplante again tripled to center and scored on an RBI single by junior Matt Hanks.
Coast Guard took the lead in the fifth as sophomore Cory Sonnega led off with a single and scored on an RBI double by junior Blake Thompson for a 3-2 lead.
The Bears bullpen was ineffective in the seventh as three pitchers combined to walk eight batters, hit a batter and give up a single before Thompson came in and got the final two outs, but the Bears trailed 11-3.
Thompson was impressive in his season debut on the mound as he went 2 2/3 innings and allowed just two hits and struck out three.
The Bears added a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Sonnega and another in the ninth on an RBI single by Hanks.
Sonnega and Laplante led the Bears 13 hit attack with three hits each. Sonnega drove in a run while Laplante had the pair of triples. Hanks had two hits and two runs scored while sophomore Kyle Wood also had two hits.
Coast Guard, which drops to 1-5 on the season, is back in action on Wednesday, when the Bears take on Elms in a single game at 4 p.m. in the Gene Cusic Classic.
POST GAME COMMENTS FROM HEAD COACH C.C. GRANT