Bears Take Two on Day Two in Florida

Emma Hvozdovich
Emma Hvozdovich

CLERMONT, Fla. –  Coast Guard remained undefeated to start season topping University of New England 13-4 in five and Farleigh Dickinson–Florham 4-2 on day two of their spring break trip.

With the win the Bears improve to 4-0 while the Nor'easters fell to 0-2 and the Devils dropped to 1-5. It is the first time Coast Guard has started the season 4-0 since 2012.

The Bears were led by senior Emma Hvozdovich who was a combined 4-6 with two RBI's and two runs scored. Classmate Casey Cruzpino went 2-6 with a double, triple and two RBI's. Sophomore Courtney McKenna finished the day with three RBI's while freshman Charlee Kraiss and sophomore Audrey Bartz each had two.

In game one, Coast Guard opened the game up in the top of the second as they scored seven runs on four hits. Cruzpino highlighted the inning with a two run double down the left field line while Kraiss, Hvozdovich, Mckenna and Bartz each had an RBI.

After the Nor'easters scored four in the bottom of the second freshman Sydney Arendt (1-0) came on in relief to shut down the University of New England offense giving up one hit and striking out four for her first collegiate win.

The Bears ended the game in the fifth with five more runs with a triple from Cruzpino and RBI's from sophomore Claire Hurley, Kraiss, Hvozdovich, Mckenna and Bartz.

In game two, the Bears got on the board in the bottom of the first with Hvozdovich doubling to deep left center. In the next at bat, McKenna reached on an error by the first basemen which allowed Hvozdovich to come around and score.

Coast Guard then moved ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the fifth as sophomore Carly Hattman walked with Hurley at third. Hattman rounded first forcing the throw down which allowed Hurley to hustle home.

After the Devils got one back in the top of the sixth, the Bears scored two more in the bottom to go up by three (4-1).

In the top of the seventh, sophomore Julia Ferris re-entered the game and, with the winning run at the plate, forced Nicole Casale to ground out to second preserving the 4-2 win for the Bears. Ferris (3-0) pitched five and third scoreless innings striking out two and allowing one hit.

 The Bears are back in action on Tuesday, March 13th when they take on Bethany (W.V.) at 9:00 and Fitchburg State at 11:30.