Bears Drop Home Opener

Alex Cordes
Alex Cordes

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Evan Barrera had three hits and three RBI's while junior Christopher Testa and senior Niko Bedell both homered leading Becker to a 14-3 win in Coast Guard's home opener.

The Hawks picked up  pair of unearned runs in the second, but blew the game open five runs in the third as Testa hit a two-run homer to left before Bedell's towering 3-run blast to left gave the Hawks a 7-0 lead.

Barrera's RBI single in the fourth pushed the lead to 8-0 before the Bears got in the board in the home half of the fourth as sophomore Reed Jenkins drove in the first run of his career with a single scoring senior Timbo Duncan who reached on an error.

Sophomore Jeremy Lhotka's two-run single in the fifth pulled the Bears to within 8-3, but Becker scored three unearned runs in the sixth with Testa stealing home before Barrera added another RBI single for an 11-3 lead.

Becker added single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth to close the scoring.

Junior Michael Iacovelli (2-0) pitched seven innings allowing eight hits and three runs, two earned while walking two and fanning three to pick up the win.

Testa, Bedell and senior T.J. Sempkowski each had two hits in the win for Becker, which improves to 8-4 on the season.

Sophomore Dan Finn (1-1) pitched the first five inning s and was charged with six earned runs and took the loss for the Bears.

Freshman Alex Cordes had two hits, the first multiple hit game of his career for Coast Guard, which drops to 6-7 overall.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they host Castleton at 3:30.

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