FORT MYERS, Fla. – Freshman Luke Sniatkowski allowed just two earned runs in seven innings work to pick up his first collegiate win while sophomore Mark Behne had four hits, drove in three runs and scored three runs as Coast Guard closed out its southern swing and gave head coach C.C. Grant the 100th victory of his coaching career with an 18-3 win over St. Lawrence at the Gene Cusic Classic.
Coast Guard scored in seven different innings in the win to finish a successful trip to Ft. Myers with a 4-4 record and the Bears now stand at 4-6 overall while St. Lawrence drops to 4-4 on the season.
Behne improved his team leading batting average to .452 after a torrid streak in Fort Myers where he had three or more hits in four of the eight games including a pair of four hit games.
The game tied 2-2 after one inning when Coast Guard scored four runs on just one hit in the second. Behne, who also had an RBI single in the first had the only hit in the second, another RBI single while junior Blake Thompson had a sacrifice fly in the second and the Bears led 6-2 after two innings.
Coast Guard added two more in the third on an RBI double by sophomore Kyle Wood and an RBI single by freshman Brendan McNeil to extend the lead to 8-2.
The Bears leading 10-3, put the game away with four runs in the eighth as sophomore Ed Lazowski had a pinch hit two-run single and Wood also had an RBI single as the Bears took a 14-3 lead.
Coast Guard added four more in the ninth on a two-run double by senior Lukas Laplante, an RBI groundout by Wood and an RBI double by Lazowski off the right field fence to close the scoring.
Snaitkowski (1-0) went seven solid innings and scattered six hits allowed three runs, two earned, while walking two and striking out six. Wood worked two scoreless innings allowing one hit to close out the game.
Junior Matt Hanks had two hits and scored three runs, Wood had two hits, stole two bases, drove in two runs and scored two runs. McNeil had a pair of hits and scored two runs while Lazowski had two hits and drove in three runs in two at bats for the Bears.
Coast Guard is back in action on Thursday when the Bears travel to Johnson & Wales for a 3:30 p.m. game.
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