NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard softball head coach Donna Koczajowski won her 450th career game as the Bears swept Wesleyan 6-3 and 16-13.
With the win Coast Guard improves to 12-4 on the season while the Cardinals fall to 6-8.
Koczajowski becomes one of 40 active coaches with at least 450 wins and is the winningest active coach in the NEWMAC. She now has a career record of 451-309-1. In her career Koczajowski has led the Bears to the NCAA tournament for four straight years (2009-2012) including a pair of regional final appearances in 2009 and 2010 and has coached five different All-Americans.
GAME ONE: COAST GUARD 6 WESLEYAN 3
The Bears used four runs in the top of the third to push their total to six, and held on the rest of the way topping the Cardinals 6-3.
Sophomore Emily Hogan was 1-3 with a double, a run scored and three RBI's while freshman Audrey Bartz went 2-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Freshman Courtney McKenna was 1-3 with a triple and an RBI while classmate Carly Hattman was also 1-3 with an RBI.
Rielly Wieners paced Wesleyan going 2-3 with a run scored and an RBI while Izzy Linzer and Kendall Carr each tacked on the other two RBI's.
With the score 2-1 going into the top of the third, Coast Guard pushed their lead to five as Bartz singled through the left side plating junior Emma Hvozdovich. Hogan then doubled to center field scoring sophomore Sharayah Simco and Bartz. Hattman wrapped up the inning with a slap RBI single bringing Hogan into score and giving the Bears a 6-1 lead.
Wesleyan scrounged up two more runs in the fourth and the fifth but could not get anymore momentum as Coast Guard closed out the 6-3 victory.
Freshman Julia Ferris improved to 5-2 on the season pitching seven innings, allowing one earned run on six hits.
Julie McDonald (3-3) started in the circle for the Cardinals allowing four earned runs on four hits and striking out one.
GAME TWO: COAST GUARD 16 WESLEYAN 13
The two teams combined for 29 runs and 28 hits as the Bears managed to win the slugfest over the Cardinals 16-13.
Freshman Kayla Sowers went 4-5 with three doubles three RBI's and two runs scored. Bartz went 2-5 with three RBI's and two runs scored while Hattman was 1-3 with three RBI's and a run scored. In her first plate appearance of the season Kylie Vaverek was 1-3 with a double, two RBI's and a run scored while McKenna also had two RBI's.
McDonald went 2-4 with a game high seven RBI's for Wesleyan while Hayley Lipson had three RBI's of her own. The Cardinals combined for four home runs.
The Bears jumped out to a 12-1 lead after the top half of the second before the Wesleyan bats came alive to answer the early onslaught making the advantage four after scoring seven runs in the second and third inning.
After pushing their score to 13, Coast Guard scored three key runs in the top of the sixth as Hattman hit a sacrifice fly to center field plating Simco which proved to be the game winning run. Sowers then added two insurance runs on a two RBI double bringing sophomore Mackenzie Everett and sophomore Malia Hindle around to score giving the Bears a 16-10 lead going into the bottom of the seventh.
The Cardinals scored three runs in the bottom of the inning but Vaverek managed to get Linzer to ground out to second securing Coast Guard's 12th win of the season.
Rachel Kantor (3-5) took the loss in game two pitching six and two thirds innings allowing seven earned runs on 12 hits and striking out two.
Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when they host WPI a NEWMAC double header. First pitch is 12:00 pm.