Bears Fall in Nonconference Action

Hayden Short

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard dropped two games to in-state NESCAC foe Trinity Tuesday afternoon, 7-5 and 9-3.

Game One:  Trinity (14-9) 7 Coast Guard (9-26) 5

The Bantams used three runs in the top of the sixth inning to come from back from a three-run deficit and top the Bears 7-5.

Freshman Hayden Short was 1-3 with a double, a RBI and a run scored while junior Cherokee Strickland was 2-4 with a run scored. Freshman Emily Hogan went 1-4 with a double and a run scored while sophomore Emma Hvozdovich was also 1-4 with a run scored.

Sophomore Michelle Treglia led Trinity going 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI. Senior Erica Quinones was 2-4 with a run scored while sophomore Erica Merullo went 2-3 with a run scored and a RBI.

After the Bantams tied the game in the top of the third inning the Bears used three runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 4-1 lead. Hvozdovich led off the inning with a single up the middle followed by a walk to Short. Strickland then stepped to the plate and singled to right centerfield. The right fielder then overthrew her cut off and into the Coast Guard dugout bringing Hvozdovich around to score. The Bears got their final two runs of the inning from freshman Sharayah Simco and senior Hannah Ingerson who both forced bases loaded walks.

Trinity tied the game in the fifth and then used three runs to take a 7-4 lead in the top of the six. Coast Guard attempted to mount a rally in the bottom of the six when Hogan doubled to left center field and then two batters later, Short doubled to right center field plating Hogan.

Coast Guard would only manage that one run as the Bantams would shut them out in the bottom of the seventh taking the game one victory.

Senior Sarah Sorensen (5-19) pitched seven innings allowing seven runs on 13 hits, striking out two and walking three.

Sophomore Rachel Smith started the game for the Bantams, pitching two and a third innings allowing four runs on three hits, striking out two and walking seven. Classmate Cassia Armstrong (7-3) came in to the game in relief for Smith pitching four and two third innings, giving up one run on three hits and striking out four taking the game one win.

Game 2: Trinity (15-9) 9 Coast Guard (9-27) 3

 Coast Guard held an early 3-1 lead but could not hang on for the game two victory, as the Bantams came from behind for the 9-3 win.

Short was 2-3 with a double and a RBI while Strickland went 1-3 with a RBI. Simco had one hit and one RBI while Hogan went 1-2 with a run scored and two walks.

Freshman Courtney Erickson went 2-4 with two RBI's and two runs scored while sophomore Katharine Haghdan was also 2-4 with two RBI's. Junior Victoria Baez had an RBI and two hits including a home run while senior Erica Quinones went 1-2 with a RBI and two runs scored.

The Bears jumped on the board first as Short came to the plate with two runners aboard and knocked a single and scored Hogan from third base.  Strickland then lined a sacrifice fly to center field giving Coast Guard a 2-0 lead after three.

After Trinity scored one run in the top of the fourth, the Bears tacked on another run when Simco hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Ingerson from third.

The Bantams however, would once again overcome an early deficit and score eight run in the final three innings to take game two 9-3.

Freshman Mackenzie Everett (3-6) took the game two start pitching four and a third innings allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits and struck out one. Sophomore Emily Dow and Sorensen combined for two and two third innings of relief giving up a combined four runs, two earned, on four hits and struck out one.

Erickson started for the Bantams, going three and two third innings allowing three runs on three hits and walked six. Armstrong (8-3) once again earned the victory in relief, pitching the final three and a third innings giving up no runs on three hits.

Coast Guard is back in action on Friday April 22nd, when they travel to Boston for a NEWMAC doubleheader with Emerson. First pitch is 3:00 pm.