Bears Take Season Series from Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, Mass.-The Coast Guard baseball team won the opener and led 2-0 in the night cap before having to settle for a split in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference double-header at Springfield College on Saturday afternoon.

With the split Coast Guard is now 8-13 (4-5 NEWMAC) on the season while Springfield is 8-9 (3-6 NEWMAC) on the year. The Bears have now won five of their last seven games and have won the season series against Springfield in three of the last four years.

Game One: Coast Guard 7, Springfield 3

Coast Guard scored five runs in the second inning and rode the left arm of freshman Colton Cannon (2-2) to a 7-3 victory over Springfield in game one of a NEWMAC double-header on Saturday afternoon.

Coast Guard would break the early scoreless tie with a double to right by catcher Lukas Laplante (2-4, RBI, run) to score third baseman Kyle Wood (1-4, RBI, run) for the 1-0 lead in the top of the second. First baseman Cory Sonnega (2-5, RBI, run) would follow that up with a single to first to score designated hitter Dave Wolinski (2-4, run), doubling the Coast Guard advantage to 2-0. After a single to right by center fielder Blake Thompson (3-5, RBI, two runs) gave the Bears a 3-0 lead, shortstop Mark Behne (3-5, 3 RBI) singled to center with the bases loaded to chase home Sonnega and Thompson.

Facing a 5-0 deficit, Springfield scored a run when DH Anthony Faggiana (1-4, RBI, run) reached on a fielder's choice to drive in shortstop Dan Bergami (1-4, run).

Wood's fielder's choice would allow Coast Guard to get one of those runs back in the top of the fourth.  Left fielder Dan Sabourin (1-6, run) would come in to score on the play to give the Bears a 6-1 edge.

Springfield would tack on another in the bottom of the fifth when catcher Sean Smith (2-4, RBI) singled to right center, scoring Steve Starr (0-4, run). An inning later the Pride would make things a little more interesting when a run scored and second baseman Jared Hopkins would reach on an error to cut the Coast Guard lead to 6-3.

Coast Guard would push across an insurance run in the eighth as Behne singled up the middle to score Thompson to give the Bears a four-run lead at 7-3.

Cannon got the win for the Bears working seven strong innings and allowing just one earned run (three in total) on six hits and six walks. He was able to escape trouble for the most part, however, by stranding nine Springfield base runners and striking out four. Closer Justin Rebholz worked a pair of scoreless innings, recording a strikeout and allowing just one base runner with a walk to nail down the victory.

Right-handed starter Eric Chase (1-2) was dealt the loss for Springfield, lasting four innings while surrendering six (earned) runs on 11 hits while striking out two and issuing a pair of walks.

Game Two: Springfield 3, Coast Guard 2

Coast Guard starter Andrew Lucak carried a four-hit shutout as Coast Guard brought a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth but were unable to hold on, falling by a count of 3-2 to Springfield College in the nightcap of a NEWMAC double-header.

Both sides traded zeroes through the first five innings before Coast Guard would finally break through. The Bears would open the scoring in the sixth as left fielder Ed Lazowski (1-3, run) reached on a one-out single before coming in to score on a bases loaded walk by third baseman Kyle Wood (0-3, RBI).

Coast Guard would add a run in the top of the ninth to grab a 2-0 lead. Shortstop Mark Behne led off the inning with a base-hit to right field and following a ground out and error advanced to third before first baseman Cory Sonnega (1-4, RBI) grounded out to short to drive in the run.

Springfield would rally in the ninth, however, scoring three times to rally for the victory. First baseman Billy Peterson (1-3, run) led off the inning with a double to left before coming around to score two batters later when catcher Sean Smith (2-4, RBI, run) delivered a run-scoring single to right center. A walk to second baseman Adam Zandri (0-3, run) would chase Lucak from the game. A passed ball advanced Zandri and Smith advanced to second and third, respectively before DH Dan Bergami (0-3) drew a walk to load the bases with just one out. Coast Guard would make another pitching change, bringing in Blake Thompson to try and close things out. After right fielder Corey Wilcox (1-3, RBI) singled to left to bring in Smith with the game-tying run, leftfielder Keith Cotnoir (1-3, RBI) drew a walk to give Springfield the walk-off 3-2 victory and avoid the series sweep.

Lucak (1-2) took the loss after working the first 8.1 innings, being charged with all three runs on just six hits and two walks while picking up a strikeout.

Springfield's Dan Green (1-0), working two innings of relief picked up the win, his first of the season, for the Pride. Green allowed just one run on one hit while recording a strikeout to earn the victory. Mike DeMille got the start for Springfield, lasting seven innings and allowing just one unearned run on five hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts.

Coast Guard will be back in action on Monday, April 7th when they host Westfield State in a non-conference matchup at 3:30 pm.

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