Betts Bomb Leads Coast Guard to 8-5 Win

Betts Bomb Leads Coast Guard to 8-5 Win
FORT MYERS, Fla.—Sophomore Tim Betts hit his first collegiate home run and senior Eric Gerken's RBI single in the sixth broke a 5-5 tie leading Coast Guard to an 8-5 win over Gettysburg at the Gene Cusic Classic.

Senior Derek Petty improved to 2-0 on the young season as he picked up the win in relief. He worked the final 3 1/3 innings and allowed three hits and no runs while walking two and striking out one as the Bears improved to 4-2 on the season.

Gettysburg took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first before the Bears answered with two in the home half on an RBI double by senior Tyler Babkiewich and an RBI single by senior Ed Sella.

Coast Guard took the lead with two runs n the fifth as senior Joe Petry led off with a single and scored on an error to tie the game before Sella's RBI double gave the Bears a 4-3 lead.

Gettysburg scored twice in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead, but Coast Guard came right back in bottom of the sixth and tied the game on a crazy play where sophomore Dan Sabourin was caught in a run down between second and third and Betts, who was on third, broke for home and beat the throw to tie the game 5-5 before Gerken's RBI single gave Coast Guard the lead for good 6-5.

Betts, who is from Fort Myers, Fla., blasted a two-run shot to left field in the seventh to give the Bears some insurance.

Senior Riley Beecher started for the Bears and pitched four innings allowing five hits and three earned runs before freshman Sean Barry made his collegiate debut and worked 1 2/3 innings and allowed six hits and a pair of earned runs before giving way to Petty in the sixth.

Betts, Petry, Sella and sophomore Blake Thompson each had two hits in the win for the Bears.

"This was a quality win over a very good team," said Coast Guard head coach C.C. Grant. "We had some timely hitting with Eric Gerken's single to give us the lead and then the big hit was the homer by Tim Betts to give us some breathing room. Our defense was as good as I've ever seen it today."

Coast Guard closes out its southern swing at 10 a.m. on Wednesday when the Bears take on Salem State at the Gene Cusic Classic.

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