CLERMONT, Fla. – Coast Guard softball earned a split on day three of their southern spring break swing, falling to Bethany (W.V.) 4-3 and topping Fitchburg State 9-1.
With the split, the Bears improve to 5-1 on the season while the Bison stay undefeated at 3-0 and the Falcons fall to 1-6.
Coast Guard was led by sophomore Carly Hattman who was a combined 5-7 with a double, three RBI's and three runs scored. Classmate Courtney McKenna went 4-7 with two RBI's while senior Emma Hvozdovich had a team high five RBI's with a triple and a run scored.
Game one was a pitcher's dual early on until Bethany broke through in the fifth scoring four runs to snap the dead lock. The Bison took advantage of two errors by the Bears in the inning as all four of the runs were unearned.
The Bears mounted a comeback in the top of the seventh as sophomore Claire Hurley doubled down the left field line followed by a single to right by junior Emily Hogan. Hattman then delivered and RBI double plating Hurley and moving Hogan to third.
Freshman Charlee Kraiss then beat out an infield single scoring Hogan. McKenna knocked in Coast Guard's third run with a sacrifice to second before sophomore Audrey Bartz flew out to center field ending the rally just short.
In game two, the Bears broke a 0-0 tie in the bottom of the second as Hattman hit an RBI single followed by a two run RBI double. McKenna then followed the two of them with a RBI single giving Coast Guard the early 4-0 lead.
Fitchburg got one run back in the top of the fourth before the Bears put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth with four more runs highlighted by a three run bases clearing triple by Hvozdovich.
Hattman ended the game in the bottom of the sixth with a single to the shortstop plating senior Casey Cruzpino giving Coast Guard their fifth win of the season.
Sophomore Julia Ferris (3-1) took the loss in game one but allowed zero earned run, five hits and struck out five going four and a third in the first game and pitching the final inning and a third in game two.
Freshman Sydney Arendt (2-0) earned her second win of the season in game two as she combined to pitch six and a third innings striking out five and allowing one earned run.
Through six games the two pitchers have combined for a 2.27 ERA, 31 strike outs and a 5-1 record.
The Bears are back in action on their final day in Florida with games against Lasell (2:00 PM) and MCLA (4:30).