NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard dropped two New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to Wheaton 12-4 (6) and 13-5 (5) Friday afternoon at Nitchman Field.
With the losses the Bears fall to 13-9 overall and 1-7 in the conference. The Lyons improve to 9-9 on the season and 5-1 in the NEWMAC.
GAME ONE: WHEATON 12 COAST GUARD 4 (6 INNINGS)
The Bears closed within two runs going into the fifth inning but could not complete the comeback as they fell to the Lyons 12-4 in six innings.
Coast Guard was led by freshman Audrey Bartz who was 1-3 with an RBI triple and a run scored. Junior Casey Cruzpino was 1-2 with an RBI double while sophomore Malia Hindle was 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Senior Sara Cammuso had an RBI for the Bears as well.
Senior Morgan Walsh had a game high three RBI's for Wheaton going 2-4 with a home run, three RBI's and two runs scored. Senior Jessica Cochrane was 1-4 with a double, two RBI's and a run scored. Senior Mary DeMoura was 3-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
After a scoreless first inning the Lyons opened up the game in the top of the second scoring six runs. Cochrance had a two RBI double while DeMoura had an RBI single to right.
The Bears closed with in two in the bottom of the fourth as Bartz started the scoring with an RBI triple plating freshman Courtney McKenna. Crzupino then grounded out to short bringing home Bartz. Later in the inning Cammuso knocked a sacrifice fly to right field bring sophomore Sharayah Simco home from third. Hindle then scored Coast Guard's final run of the inning as Hattman singled to shortstop who threw it away bringing the run home and making the score 6-4.
Wheaton however closed out the game scoring three runs in the top of the fifth and sixth to close the game out in six innings.
Senior Danielle Cimino (4-3) pitched a complete game for the win allowing three earned runs on nine hits and striking out five.
GAME TWO: WHEATON 13 COAST GUARD 5 (5 INNINGS)
Once again the Bears mounted a comeback in the middle innings but could not make it all the way back as they fell to the Lyons 13-5 in five innings.
McKenna was 1-2 with an RBI and a run scored. Bartz was 1-2 with an RBI while Simco was 1-3 with an RBI as well. Freshman Kayla Sowers was 3-3 with a run scored.
Walsh added two more home runs in game two going 2-4 with four RBI's and two runs scored. Sophomore Emily Schlapak went 2-4 with a home run, five RBI's and two runs scored. DeMoura had the other home run with two RBI's as well.
Wheaton went up 6-0 midway through the third before Coast Guard scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to move within one a 6-5. After two runs came across on an error by the third basemen. McKenna knocked a single to right center scoring freshman Claire Hurley. Bartz followed up McKenna with an RBI single through the left side plating junior Emma Hvozdovich. Simco wrapped up the scoring for the Bears with a single to right field bringing McKenna all the way around to score.
The Lyons however pulled away late with seven runs in the top of the fifth taking their fifth NEWMAC win of the season.
Ferris (6-6) took the loss in game two as well allowing seven earned runs on nine hits in three and a third innings of work striking out two. Vaverek pitched an inning and two thirds allowing six earned runs on six hits.
Sophomore Shelbi Wilson (3-2) takes the win in relief allowing zero earned runs on two hits and striking out one. Starting pitched junior Allison Cox takes the no decision allowing four earned runs on four hits.
Coast Guard is back in action, tomorrow, April 8th, when they host the Babson Beavers in NEWMAC action. First pitch is noon.