CLERMONT, Fla.-The Coast Guard softball team split on the final day of their Florida Trip, defeating Washington & Jefferson 6-1 before falling to Farmingdale State 7-3 in the nightcap. The Bears wrapped up the trip with a record of 6-4 and are scheduled to head north to take on Roger Williams in double header on Wednesday, March 19th at 3:00 pm.
Game One: Coast Guard 6, Washington & Jefferson 1
Coast Guard used a pair of three-run innings, a complete game by sophomore right-hander Kristine Kahl, and a 2-for-3 effort from junior catcher Jessie Richardson to defeat Washington and Jefferson by a 6-1 count in the first game on their final day at the NTC Spring Games in Clermont, Fla.
Coast Guard started the scoring with three in the bottom of the first and never looked back. With a runner on second and one out, Richardson (2 RBI, two runs) dumped a single into left field to plate sophomore shortstop Morgan Kingston (1-3, two runs). Richardson would come around to score a run of her own on a sac fly by freshman outfielder Erin Reynolds (RBI). Two batters later sophomore designated player Hannah Ingerson (1-2, RBI) would line a single into center to score freshman third baseman Cherokee Strickland (two runs) to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage headed into the second inning.
Kahl (3-1) would make the inning stand up as she allowed just one earned run on seven hits on her way to her first complete game of the season.
The Presidents would eventually break through with a run in the fourth as Jen Bahm's single through the right side would plate Abby Cunningham to cut the Coast Guard lead to 3-1.
Coast Guard would bounce back with three of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Richardson delivered a sac fly to score Kingston and reach first on an error by the center fielder on the play. Three batters later, senior center fielder Kaitlin Ward would stroke a two-out triple into the right center field gap to plate Richardson and Strickland to give the Bears a 6-1 advantage.
Emily Watson (0-1) suffered the loss for Washington and Jefferson, going the distance but allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and six walks while striking out three.
Game Two: Farmingdale State 7, Coast Guard 3
Farmingdale State used a four-run fourth inning to turn a narrow 3-2 edge into a 7-2 lead before holding on to defeat Coast Guard by a final count of 7-3.
After a Coast Guard threat in the top of the first was quelled the Rams tallied three runs in the bottom half to take an early 3-0 advantage. A RBI-double by Lori Michalowski and matching run-scoring singles by Allison Dailey and Meghan Acton led to three unearned runs following an error on a sac bunt attempt earlier in the inning.
Coast Guard would get a pair of runs back in the third when Jessie Richardson's (1-3, RBI) sac fly brought home Morgan Kingston (2-4, run) to cut the deficit to 3-1. Two batters later Erin Reynolds (1-4, RBI) would single home junior second baseman Erin Lisko (2-4, run) from third.
The flood gates would open in the bottom of the fourth as a pair of run-scoring doubles by Meagan Anderson and Michelle Mongiello highlighted a four-hit inning to give the Rams a 7-2 edge.
The Bears would add a run the next half inning when Kaitlin Ward (1-3, RBI) singled up the middle to score Cherokee Strickland (1-4, run) from second base.
Sophomore righty Sarah Sorensen (3-3) took the loss for the Bears, working 3.1 innings while allowing six runs – two earned – on seven hits while walking one. Kristine Kahl worked 2.2 innings of relief, yielding just two hits and a walk, resulting in an unearned run, and registering a strikeout.
Taylor Tedeschi (1-4) picked up the victory for Farmingdale, going the distance and allowing three runs on 11 Coast Guard hits.