Gallagher Leads Bears to Split on Opening Day

Gallagher Leads Bears to Split on Opening Day
FORT MYERS, Fla.—Senior Nolan Gallagher's three-run double with two outs highlighted a seven run sixth inning as Gallagher drove in five runs in the game leading Coast Guard to an 11-9 win over Merchant Marine before the Bears were shutout 6-0 in the night cap of a season opening doubleheader at the Gene Cusic Classic.

Gallagher's RBI single in the top of the first gave the Bears a 1-0 lead before his RBI ground out in the third tied the game 2-2.

The game stayed tied 2-2 until Coast Guard exploded for seven runs sending ten men to the plate in the top of the sixth. A pair of walks and a hit batter loaded the bases. Senior Cameron Carroll's RBI single gave the Bears a 5-2 lead after the Bears scored two runs on a throwing error. Coast Guard increased the lead to 6-2 on a throwing error before Gallagher's bases clearing double.

Merchant Marine responded with five in home half of the sixth to chase Coast Guard senior starter Derek Petty. He worked 5 1/3 inning and allowed five hit and seven runs, six earned while walking two and fanning four to pick up the win.

Senior Tyler Vieira was touched for five hits and a pair of earned runs in  1 2/3 innings,  but still got the save.

Carroll and sophomore Blake Thompson added key RBI singles in the top of the seventh to increase the Coast Guard lead to 11-7.

The Mariners added a pair in the home half off Vieira before a pop out with the tying runs on base gave the Bears the win.

Gallagher and Carroll each had two hits in the game one win.

"That three-run double by Nolan was huge because it broke the game wide open," said Coast Guard head coach C.C. Grant. "He has being seeing the ball really well all during the preseason and he sure came through big for us today."

In the night cap, sophomore Cameron Stadele fired a five-hit shutout, all singles, while walking four and striking out three as the Mariners salvage the split.

Senior Riley Beecher allowed six runs, all earned and six hits while walking three and striking out three taking the loss for Coast Guard.

Freshman Kyle Wood allowed just one hit in two and two-thirds innings of relief in his collegiate debut for the Bears.

Gallagher added another hit in the loss.

"I didn't like our approach at the plate in the second game, but give Stadele credit, he did a nice job off keeping us off balance. The bright spot for us in game two was freshman Kyle Wood on the mound. He was very good, very confident and had a great collegiate debut."

The Bears are back in action on Saturday when they take on Skidmore at 10 a.m.

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