#13 Bears Beat #6 Cortland; Win Twice on Opening Day

KISSIMMEE, FLA.--(3/4/12)--Junior Megan Cook's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the game winner as #13 Coast Guard beat #6 Cortland State 4-3 in the battle of Top 20 teams after the Bears had opened the season with a 9-0 win in five innings over Methodist at the Rebel Games.

Junior Holli Bastinck was 4 for 4 with two homers and six RBI's in the win over Methodist while she also had a single and two RBI's in the big win over Cortland State.

Senior All-American Hayley Feindel fired a one-hit shutout with two walks and 10 strikeouts in the opener.

In the top of the first of the opener, senior Maddie Buchert was hit by a pitch, freshman Jesse Richardson singled in her first collegiate at bat and Bastinck followed with a three-run home run.

In the 4th inning, Buchert singled, followed by a Richardson double. Bastinck then delivered a two-run single. Later in the fourth, junior Kaitlin Ward's double had a two-run double for an 8-0 lead.

Bastinck hit a solo home run in the fifth to close the scoring.

In the win over #6 Cortland State, the Bears got on the board in the top of the first as freshman Erin Lisko, who was hit by the first pitch of the game and scored on Bastinck's infield single.

After Cortland scored in the top of the 3rd to tie the game 1-1, Buchert reached on an error in the bottom of the frame and scored on another RBI single by Bastinck. Sophomore Devin Fellman's single to right plated Bastinck to increase the Bears lead to 3-1.

Cortland plated two runs in the top of the 6th on a bases loaded double which knotted the game 3-3.

Coast Guard answered in the bottom of the frame, utilizing walks to Stacia Sarwinski and Ward, before Sarwinski scored on Cook's RBI single.

Feindel shut the door on the Dragons in the top of the 7th with a strikeout and two ground outs to second base. Feindel allowed four hits, three runs while fanning nine in the win.

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