MIDDLETOWN, Conn.-The Coast Guard softball team used a four-run sixth inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit at Wesleyan as they posted a 6-4 road victory. Coast Guard's (11-8) Kristine Kahl (6-4) picked up the victory in a complete game effort as Wesleyan falls to 14-4 on the season.
With the score at 3-2, in favor of the host Cardinals, senior Stacia Sarwinski stepped to the plate and delivered a three-run home run to left that scored junior Kaitlin Ward and freshman Morgan Kingston to give the Bears a 5-3 lead. Trailing 3-1 at the outset of the inning, sophomore Erin Lisko drilled a solo shot to left to cut the deficit in half.
Wesleyan started the scoring in the first, as senior Ashley McLaren came around to score on a double to right-center by sophomore Jill Gately, after having reached on an error by Kingston. The Cardinals added a second run in the third. Senior Allee Beatty hit a one-out single to center and stole second before McLaren delivered an RBI-single to plate her.
Sophomore Jessie Richardson roped a ground-rule double to left center to lead off the fourth before being advanced to third on a ground out by senior Holli Bastinck. The next batter up, Kingston, then delivered a double to left to plate Richardson and get the Bears on the board.
Wesleyan bounced back and reclaimed a two-run lead in the bottom half of the fifth. After Beatty recorded her second single and second stolen base of the game, senior Tori Redding hit a two-out single to right center for a 3-1 lead.
After Coast Guard claimed their first lead of the game at 5-3, Wesleyan scratched out another run in the bottom of the sixth. A leadoff single by Gately nearly went unused following two quick outs, but a single to center by freshman Amanda Roosa got the Cardinals within one at 5-4.
The Bears added an insurance run in the top of the seventh courtesy of another double to left by Richardson that scored senior Catherine Walker, who had singled up the middle to lead off the inning.
Following two straight outs in the bottom of the seventh, Redding made things interesting with a single to right but Kahl got McLaren to ground out to second to end the game.
Kahl's line in the circle was solid as she kept the club in the game allowing 10 hits, no walks, and four runs (three earned) while striking out two over seven innings.
The Bears return to action on Friday, April 5th with a home double-header against NEWMAC foe Clark at 3:00 pm.