Coast Guard Splits on Final Day in Florida

Courtney McKenna
Courtney McKenna

CLERMONT, Fla. - On their final day in Florida, the Bears split two games, topping Webster (9-1) and falling to SUNY Geneseo (7-1) on their last day at the PFX Games.

GAME ONE: COAST GUARD 9 WEBSTER 1

Coast Guard led wire to wire winning their eighth straight game topping Webster 9-1.

The Bears improved to 8-1 overall while the Gorlocks fall to 10-2 on the season.

Freshman Courtney McKenna was 4-4 with two doubles, two RBI's and two runs scored. Junior Casey Cruzpino was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored while sophomore Sharayah Simco was 1-2 with a two run home run and a run scored. Sophomore Malia Hindle also tacked on two RBI's of her own.

Torri Dearth had Webster's lone RBI while Katelyn Johnson, Abby Burroughs, Kayla Day and Karssa Cardenas all had one hit.

The Bears got on the board in the top of the first as junior Emma Hvozdovich hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring freshman Kayla Sowers.

After a scoreless second inning Coast Guard added four more runs in the top of the third as McKenna doubled to center field scoring Sowers followed by an RBI single from Cruzpino plating McKenna. Simco put the exclamation point on the inning with a two run dinger over the right center field fence making the score 5-0.

The Bears added two more runs in the top of the fourth and the seventh to finish off their eighth victory of the season with the 9-1 win.

Freshman Julia Ferris (3-1) took the win scattering four hits over seven innings allowing one run and striking out three.

Alexis Spriggs (1-1) took the loss allowing seven runs on seven hits over four innings of work. Morgan Mansur pitched the final three innings allowing two runs on four hits and striking out two.

GAME TWO: SUNY GENESEO 7 COAST GUARD 1

Coast Guard dropped their first game since opening day falling to SUNY Geneseo 7-1 in their final game of spring break at the PFX Games.

With the loss the Bears fall to 8-2 while the Knights win their first game of the season. The 8-2 record is the best start for Coast Guard since the 2011 season when the Bears rattled off 16 straight wins to start the year.

Hvozdovich was 2-4 with a double and a run scored while McKenna was 2-3 with a double and an RBI.

McKenna, Hvozdovich and Cruzpino has started off the season raking as they are in the top five of numerous New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) offensive categories. McKenna is second in the NEWMAC batting .622 and is first in RBI's (19), Cruzpino is fifth in batting average (.500) and second in RBI's (16) and Hvozdovich is third in batting average (.543) and third in RBI's (11).

Geneseo took control of the game in the third inning scoring three unearned runs putting the Knights up 3-0.

The Bears scored their only run in the bottom of the third as McKenna doubled down the left field line plating Hvozdovich, making the deficit two in the bottom of the third.

Geneseo however scored four runs in the top of the fifth and shut down the Coast Guard bats the rest of the way taking their opening season victory 7-1

Sophomore Mackenzie Everett (3-1) dropped her first game of the season going tree innings, allowing three unearned runs on four hits and striking out two. Freshman Kylie Vaverek came in for relief, pitching the next two innings allowing four unearned runs. Ferris finished up the game allowing two hits over the final two innings.

Taylor Moore (1-0) scattered eight hits over seven innings allowing one run and striking out four.

Coast Guard returns home and travels to Rhode Island College on Wednesday, March 15th for a nonconference double header. First pitch is 4:00 pm.