NEW LONDON, Conn.-Freshman Kristine Kahl worked 12 masterful innings in leading the Coast Guard softball team to a sweep over WPI in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference double header today. Sophomore Jessie Richardson reached the 100-hit plateau with her sixth inning single in the second game as the Bears improved to 16-11 (6-6 NEWMAC) on the season, while WPI fell to 7-21 (3-9 NEWMAC) with the losses.
Game One: Coast Guard 10, WPI 0 (5 Innings)
Coast Guard used a seven-run fourth inning and Kahl was terrific from the outset in the opener as the Bears cruised to a 10-0, five inning victory. Coast Guard jump started the scoring early in the first inning as Richardson's one-out RBI-double plated classmate Erin Lisko who had singled and stole second earlier in the inning. After advancing to third on a groundout by freshman Morgan Kingston, Richardson came in to score on a single to left by senior Holli Bastinck.
Both teams would be held in check until the third, when the Bears would manufacture another run. Kingston reached on a one-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch before moving to third on a groundout by Bastinck. With two out junior Kaitlin Ward grounded an RBI-single up the middle to push the score to 3-0.
Following another scoreless frame in the top of the fourth, Coast Guard would put it out of reach in the bottom half. The Bears exploded for seven runs in the inning with Ward and senior Stacia Sarwinski providing a back-to-back two-run double and single, respectively, to put Coast Guard up 10-0. Richardson also had an RBI in the inning, courtesy of a bases loaded walk by WPI senior starter Christa Coscia (4-9).
Coscia worked all four inning for WPI, allowing 10 runs (9 earned) on ten hits while walking three. Senior Janelle MacLaughlin had the lone hit for the Engineers, a two-out single up the middle in the second inning.
For the Bears, Kahl tossed all five innings, surrendering just one hit while striking out two and walking three as she improved her record to 9-5 on the year.
Game Two: Coast Guard 3, WPI 2
Game two proved to be a pitcher's duel from the start. WPI struck early by virtue of a two-out double into the right center gap by senior Erin Beaulieu plated freshman Jacquelyne DiTroia who had reached on an error by Coast Guard freshman third baseman Hannah Ingerson.
WPI would add another run in the second inning when MacLaughlin would come around to score on a single through the left side by junior Juliana Fekete after having reached on a slow dribbler down the third base line earlier in the inning.
After a pitching change brought in Kahl to replace struggling freshman starter Sammy Yuknat, WPI was limited to just three hits the rest of the way, without advancing a runner past first.
Coast Guard finally scratched across their first run in the fourth when Lisko led off with a walk, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and came in to score on a sac fly to right by Bastinck.
With pressure mounting in the bottom of the sixth, the Bears would come up big again. Kingston led off with a single to center and advanced to second when Lisko's sac bunt attempt was bobbled by WPI junior third baseman Amanda Pierce put runners at first and second with nobody out. Richardson followed that up with an opposite field single down the left field line for her 100th career hit, which loaded the bases. Bastinck came up again and roped a two-run single into center to score Kingston and Lisko and give the Bears a 3-2 lead.
After freshman Andrea Boxell led off the top of the seventh with a single, Kahl was able to record a pair of fielder's choices before getting DiTroia on a called third strike to end the game.
Kahl worked five scoreless innings of relief in game two to push her record to 10-5, allowing just three hits and striking out four.
Clare Doolin (3-11) took the loss for WPI, despite allowing just three runs on four hits and two walks while recording a strikeout.
The Bears return to action on Wednesday when they step out of conference to host Manhattanville in a double-header set to begin at 3:00.
Post Game Comments from head coach Donna Koczajowski