Bears Settle for Split With Swarthmore

Eric Vrissis
Eric Vrissis

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coast Guard won its fifth straight winning the opener 6-1 before dropping the nightcap 3-1 as the Bears split with Swarthmore at the Gene Cusic Classic.

The Bears are now 5-5 overall and 5-2 in Ft. Myers and will play their game at the Cusic Classic against Thiel on Saturday at 9:00.

GAME ONE – Coast Guard 6, Swarthmore 1

Senior Eric Vrissis fired six shutout innings allowing just five singles while not walking a batter and striking out three while classmates Timbo Duncan blasted a three-run homer and Kyle Jackson was 4 for 4 with a two doubles and two RBI's in the win.

Vrissis completes his Florida trip with 13 scoreless innings after firing a six-hit shutout  in a seven inning win over Merchant Marine on Sunday.

Duncan opened the scoring with a two-out, three-run blast to right in the third moving him into a third place tie on Coast Guard's all-time home run list with the 11th of his career, his third of the season.

Jackson's two-run single highlighted a three-run sixth and gave the Bears a 5-0 lead. Freshman Jon Pressley added an RBI double in the fifth to push the lead to 6-0.

Swarthmore would score an unearned run in the seventh.

Sophomore Luke Thompson and junior Zach Serna each had two hits and two runs scored in the win.

GAME TWO – Swarthmore 3, Coast Guard 1

Four Swarthmore pitchers held Coast Guard to just singles as the Garnet salvage the split with the 3-1 win.

Swarthmore scored in the top of the first off sophomore starter Walter Harris on a lead off double, steal of third and a ground ball out.

The Bears tied the game in the second on an RBI single by senior Brendan McNeil.

The Garnet scored twice in the fourth as back-to-back lead off singles would lead to a pair of runs and a 3-1 lead.

Harris (0-2) worked the first four innings and took the loss allowing nine hits and three earned runs.

Freshman Ben Webster was outstanding in relief as he came on in the fifth with runners on second and third got out of that jam and pitched three hitless innings with two walks and two strikeouts.

The Bears threatened in the sixth and again in the seventh.

In the sixth, pinch runner sophomore Luke Thompson was thrown out at the plate on a close call to end the inning as he tried to advance on a fielding error by the shortstop.

In the seventh, the Bears left a pair of runners on base.

Sophomore Trey Rittenhouse, McNeil, freshman Jon Pressley and junior Alex Murdoch accounted for the four Coast Guard hits in the game two loss.

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