HARTFORD, Conn.-Sophomore Erin Lisko had a 5-for-8 day at the plate, with a run scored and two driven in on the day to help lead the Coast Guard softball team to a non-conference sweep of intrastate foe Trinity College. Freshman Kristine Kahl (5-2) picked up the win in the opener of the twin-bill for the Bears (9-5), while classmate Sammy Yuknat (4-3) kept the Bantams (7-5) in check during in the nightcap.
Game One: Coast Guard 9, Trinity 3 (8 innings)
In the first game on the day, the Bears got the scoring going early. In the top of the second, senior Stacia Sarwinski reached via a single to right, but an error allowed junior Kaitlin Ward to come around and score the game's first run.
Senior Catherine Walker added to her team-lead in home runs, as she led off the third with a solo shot to extend the Coast Guard lead to 2-0.
After Trinity pushed a run across in the bottom of the third, the bats went silent for an inning and a half before the Coast Guard fortunes, and one run lead, were turned upside down. Back-to-back doubles by junior Abigail Ostrom and freshman Erica Correia to lead off the bottom of the fifth caused the game to be tied up at 2-2. With one out junior Olivia Berry was put out, but Correia came in to score on the play and stake the Bantams to a 3-2 lead.
Down to their final inning Coast Guard was able to tie things up. Freshman Morgan Kingston led off with a double before being moved over to third on an at bat by Walker. Kingston would come in to score on a wild pitch with sophomore Kelsey Gray at the plate to ultimately send the game into extra innings.
In the top of the eighth, Sarwinski doubled home a pair of run to break the deadlock, before later coming around to score on a wild pitch with Gray at the plate. Sophomore Jessie Richardson singled two batters later to blow the game open to drive in two more runs and push the lead to 9-3.
Kahl, making her eighth start of the season, kept her team in the game throughout, despite surrendering nine hits, four walks, and three (earned) runs.
Game Two: Coast Guard 6, Trinity 3
Coast Guard scored four unearned runs in the seventh off freshman Trinity starter Hannah King, which proved to be more than enough as they triumphed with a thrilling 6-3 come-from-behind victory in the second game of the double-header. The middle infield combination of Kingston and Lisko combined for four hits - including a double apiece - with each driving in a run and scoring one of their own.
Once again, Coast Guard struck first in the second inning. After freshman Hannah Ingerson singled to start the inning and advanced to second on Ward's plate appearance, Sarwinski singled her home, advancing on the throw.
The Bears added another run in the fifth, courtesy of a Lisko double that chased in senior Summer Dupler from third base.
Coast Guard would make the 2-0 lead stand until the bottom of the sixth when sophomore Miranda Riendeau-Card blasted a three-run home to provide the hosts a 3-2 advantage.
The Bears would, however, come storming back in the top of the seventh. With one out and Walker at second, Kingston delivered an RBI double that sent in Ward. Three batters later, senior Holli Bastinck stroked a two-run single, plating Lisko and Kingston to break the deadlock. For good measure, Ingerson added a run-scoring single of her own, sending in Bastinck with the insurance before being thrown out at second, trying to take an extra base.
Yuknat, in her sixth start of the year, went the distance while allowing three (earned) runs on eight hits but managed to strike out four against only one walk.
The Bears return to action on Friday March 29th, as they travel to Cambridge to take on MIT in a NEWMAC double-header set to begin at 3:00 pm.