Bears Sweep Hawks in New England Opener

Kayla Sowers
Kayla Sowers

BRISTOL, R.I. - Coast Guard won their first two games in New England, topping Roger Williams 7-4 in game one and 6-5 in game two at Paolino Field on the campus of Roger Williams.

With the two wins the Bears are now 10-2 on the season while the Hawks drop to 5-9. 

GAME ONE: COAST GUARD 7 ROGER WILLIAMS 4

Coast Guard scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to break a 3-3 tie leading them to the 7-4 victory.

In game one freshman Courtney McKenna went 2-4 with a game high three RBI's, a run scored and two doubles. Junior Emma Hvozdovich was 1-2 with an RBI, a run scored and a double. Sophomore Malia Hindle and freshman Kayla Sowers each had an RBI.

Juliet Hulme led Roger Williams going 3-4 with a double and two RBI's. Meredith Moise went 2-3 with a double and an RBI while Alexa Califano was 1-1 with a run scored and an RBI.

Coast Guard got on the board first as Sowers singled down the left field line plating sophomore Emily Hogan for the early 1-0 lead. Mckenna then stepped to the plate and doubled to left center scoring both Sowers and freshman Carly Hattman

The Hawks tied the game in the top of the fifth as Califano singled to center field bringing Haley Ledbetter around to score Roger Williams first run of the game. Hulme then tied the game with a double to left center scoring both Califano and Sigita Ivaska tying the score at three going into the bottom of the fifth.

The Bears took the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning as once again McKenna doubled down the left field line plating Hvozdovich. McKenna then came around to score after an error by the third basemen. Hindle then made the score 6-3 with a sacrifice fly to center scoring junior Casey Cruzpino

Both teams traded one more run as the Bears wrapped up their first game in New England with a win.

Freshman Julia Ferris (4-1) pitcher her fourth complete game of the season allowing four runs on ten hits, striking out three and walking two.

Juliet Hulme (0-1) pitcher four innings two earned runs on five hits, striking out three and walking two. Hailey Pretchel pitched the final two innings allowing one unearned run allowing no hits and walking one.

GAME TWO: COAST GUARD 6 ROGER WILLIAMS 5

The Bears earned their victory of the season of the late scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth for the 6-5 victory.

McKenna was 3-3 with two RBI's and a run scored while Sowers was 3-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. In her first collegiate game freshman Audrey Bartz went 1-3 with an RBI. Freshman Claire Hurley and sophomore Sharayah Simco each had a double as well.

Hailey Ledbetter led Roger Williams, going 3-4 with two doubles, two RBI's and a run scored. Alicia McCauley went 2-4 with a triple and a run scored while Tara Chatowsky went 1-1 with two RBI's. 

Bartz got the scoring started for Coast Guard in the bottom of the first as she singled to left field scoring McKenna for the early 1-0 lead.

Roger Williams quickly answered scoring a run in the third and three in the fourth for a 4-1 lead. 

The Bears however answered in the bottom of the fourth starting with senior Sara Cammuso taking second forcing a throw and allowing Simco to scamper home for the second run of the game. Sowers then singed through the right side bringing home Cammuso. McKenna then singled up the middle scoring Sowers and tying the game at four. Hurley then finished off the inning scoring on a past ball giving Coast Guard a 5-4 lead.

After the Hawks tied the game in the top of the fifth McKenna would once again step to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Sowers for the eventual game winning run in the Bears 6-5 victory.

Freshman Kylie Vaverek (3-0) earned the victory in relief pitching two innings allowing one run on four hits. Ferris registered her first career save pitching one inning giving up one hit and striking out one. Sophomore Mackenzie Everett took the no decision in the start pitching four innings allowing four runs on eight hits and walking two.

Rachel Wandzilak (2-3) took the loss in relief allowing one run on one hit, striking out one and walking one. Alyssa Murray started the game pitching for four and a third innings allowing four earned runs on 13 hits and struck out four.

Coast Guard is back in action this weekend when they head to Springfield on Saturday, March 25th for their first NEWMAC double header of the season. First pitch is 12:00.