CLERMONT, Fla.-Coast Guard used an 11-run first in the opener to cruise to a 12-4 victory over Anna Maria but saw their late rally against Richard Stockton fall just short in a 5-4 loss in the nightcap in their second day of action at the NTC Spring Games.
Game One: Coast Guard 12, Anna Maria 4 (5 innings)
Coast Guard sent 16 batters to the plate in the first on their way to scoring 11 runs in the inning en route to a 12-4 (5 inning) victory over Anna Maria at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Fla.
The scoring began when freshman third baseman Cherokee Strickland (1-3, RBI, two runs) reached on an error by the shortstop to score sophomore shortstop Morgan Kingston (RBI, run) and junior second baseman Erin Lisko (2-3, RBI, two runs) to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead.
Freshman left fielder Erin Reynolds (2-2, 2 RBI, run) would double later in the inning to score senior center fielder Kaitlin Ward (2-2, 2 RBI, run) and give Coast Guard a 4-0 advantage. The biggest blow came when junior catcher Jessie Richardson (1-2, 2 RBI, two runs) laced a two-run triple to right to score Lisko and senior first baseman Kelly Grills (1-1, run).
Coast Guard would add an insurance run to induce the game-shortening 8-run rule in the fourth when Ward doubled to center field to score Richardson.
Junior hurler Kelsey Gray made her first career start and produced 2.2 effective innings, yielding four runs – one earned – on three hits while striking out a season-high four batters. Sophomore right-hander Kristine Kahl (1-0) picked up her first victory of the season with 2.1 innings of one-hit relief for Coast Guard.
Game Two: Richard Stockton 5, Coast Guard 4
Richard Stockton scored five unearned runs in the second and held off a furious rally as Coast Guard dropped their first game of the season, 5-4.
The Ospreys opened the scoring in the top of the second when sophomore Taylor Hopf reached on an error to score junior Marisa Ortiz to grab an early 1-0 lead. Sophomore Nicole Tomo would increase the lead to 3-0 with a two-out double to center field while sophomore Gianna Cuffari reached on an error to account for another run. Senior Nicole Scanlon accounted for what would ultimately be the game-winning run with a single to right field to score Cuffari, making it 5-0 in favor of Richard Stockton.
Coast Guard would get on the board in the bottom of the fifth when Erin Lisko (3-4, RBI) doubled to left center to plate Kelly Grills (3-3, RBI, two runs). Jessie Richardson (1-3, RBI) followed that up by stroking a single to left center to drive in Morgan Kingston (2-4, RBI, run) to cut the deficit to 5-2.
The Bears would add two more in the sixth. It started with Grills who scored Erin Reynolds (1-3, run) with a single to left. Kingston would follow that up with a run-scoring double to left center to bring in Grills and cut the Osprey lead in half at 5-4. Despite their efforts in the late innings, Coast Guard would go 1-2-3 in the seventh as Richard Stockton held on for the victory.
Sophomore right-hander Sarah Sorensen (2-1) – making her first career start – suffered the loss for Coast Guard despite not giving up an earned run over three innings. Kristine Kahl was solid in relief again for Coast Guard, going four innings out of the 'pen while surrendering just two hits and recording a strikeout.
Coast Guard now sits at 3-1 on the young season. The Bears will be back in action tomorrow, Wednesday, March 12th when they take on Monmouth (Ill.) and Mount Ida at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm, respectively.
Head Coach Donna Koczajowski: