FORT MYERS, Fla. – Sophomore Will Stephens two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth lifted Coast Guard to a come-from-behind 9-8 win over Thiel at the Gene Cusic Classic.
Coast Guard finishes the Florida swing with a record of 6-2 to improve to 6-5 overall while Thiel drops to 3-5 on the season.
The Bears took advantage of three early errors and score a run in both the first and second inning for a 2-0 lead. Coast Guard would however make three errors of its own in the fourth leading to five unearned runs and a 5-2 deficit.
Senior Timbo Duncan's RBI double in the fifth made the score 5-3 before Coast Guard erupted for four runs in the sixth.
In the sixth, sophomore Jake Behne's RBI single make it 5-4 and then it was Stevens once again with the big blow, a towering ground rule double to right with the bases loaded, which gave Coast Guard a 6-5 lead. Junior Zach Serna's sacrifice fly scored Stevens extending the lead to 7-5.
Senior Colton Cannon worked the first four inning for the Bears and was touched for five unearned runs. Sophomore Dustin Reeder worked 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as junior Joe Siciliano came on with the bases loaded win the seventh to get a ground ball out to preserve the 7-5 lead.
Thiel would take the lead in the eighth scoring three times for an 8-7 lead.
The Bears would draw even in the home half of the eighth as sophomore Luke Thompson and Stephens drew back-to-back walks and following a ground out and double steal, Duncan was intentionally walked to load the bases. Freshman Jon Pressley's two-out single tied the game 8-8.
Freshman Brett Sullivan (1-0), who got the final two outs of the eighth, retired the side in order in the ninth and would pick up his first career win.
In the home half of the ninth, Behne had a one-out single and moved to second on a ground out before Stephens game winning hit.
Behne led the Bears with three hits, including a double while Stephens, had two hits and three RBI's, and Serna and Pressley each added two hits in the win.
The Bears are back in action on Friday when they host Johnson & Wales at 3:00.
POST GAME INTERVIEW WITH HEAD COACH C.C. GRANT