NEW LONDON, Conn. - In their final double header of the season, the Coast Guard softball team split a pair of five inning games against Emerson wining game one 11-3 and falling in game two 11-3 Sunday afternoon at Nitchman Field.
With the split the Bears finish the season 17-18 overall and 4-14 in the NEWMAC. The Lions move to 7-26 overall and 3-15 in conference play.
GAME ONE: COAST GUARD 11 EMERSON 3 (5 INNINGS)
Coast Guard broke open a one run game in the bottom of the fourth with six runs earning the win in five innings in game one.
Sophomore Sharaya Simco went 2-3 with a run scored and a game high thre RBI's. Junior Emma Hvozdovich was 3-4 with a double, a home run, three runs scored and two RBI's while sophomore Malia Hindle went 1-2 with a double, a run scored and two RBI's. In her final double header, senior Sara Cammuso went 1-2 with two RBI's.
Junior Jillian Gearin led the Lions going 1-2, with a home run, two RBI's and a run scored. Freshman Marisa DeFranco went 1-2 with an RBI while sophomore Kallista Leonardos and sophomore Caroline Fortuna each had a run scored.
Emerson jumped out to the early lead in the top of the first inning as Gearin hit a line drive home run down the left field line with runner on to take a 2-0 lead.
The Lions took their final lead of the game in the top of the second DeFranco singled up the middle plating Fortuna. The Bears however made a heads up play as Cruzpino cut off the throw to home plate and gunned down DeFranco who was attempting to take second on the throw to end the inning.
After a scoreless third inning the Bears erupted for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a commanding seven run lead. Hindle had a two RBI double to start the scoring followed by RBI's from Simco, freshman Francesca Farlow and Cammuso.
Hvozdovich ended the game in the bottom of the fifth as she led off the inning with a home run over the center field fence ending the game at 11-3.
Freshman Julia Ferris (10-12) went the distance allowing three earned runs on seven hits and struck out four.
DeFranco (1-4) pitched all four innings for the Lions allowing nine earned runs on 10 hits and walked three.
GAME TWO: EMERSON 11 COAST GUARD 3 (5 INNINGS)
The Lions opened the game with five runs in the top of first on their was to 11-3 victory in five innings.
Both Hvozdovich and Simco had a hit and an RBI in the game while freshman Claire Hurley, Bartz and Cammuso had a run scored.
Sophomore Kallista Leonardos had a game high five RBI's for Emerson going 2-4 with two runs scored and a grand slam. Junior Kodie Cash also hit a home run going 2-4 with four RBI's and a two runs scored. Sophomore Katie Hill and junior Molly Goldstein each had an RBI as well.
The Lions scored five runs in the top of the first as Leonardos singled up the middle scoring DeFranco to start the scoring. Cash followed that up with a two RBI double to left center followed by RBI singles from Hill and Goldstein.
After Emerson scored two more run in the top of the second, Coast Guard mounted a comeback in the bottom of the third with three runs. Hvozdovich singled up the middle scoring Cammuso. Bartz then reached on an error scoring Hurley followed by a sacrifice fly by Simco to right field plating Bartz and making the score 7-3.
The Lions however scored four runs in the top of the fifth wrapping up the victory to close out the season.
Ferris (10-13) took the loss in game two pitching one inning allowing five runs on seven hits and walking one. Freshman Kylie Vaverek pitched four innings of relief allowing six earned runs on 11 hits and striking out one.
Junior Casey Tsamis (1-1) earned her first win of the season two earned runs on six hits and struck out one.
Coast Guard will return 17 players who will look to build on this season and battle back from injuries looking forward to a successful 2018 season.