Baseball Keeps Large Fan Base on Edge of Seats in Florida

Baseball Keeps Large Fan Base on Edge of Seats in Florida

The Coast Guard baseball team is off to another quick start in Fort Myers, Florida including winning the series from Merchant Marine for the second straight season, but it hasn't been easy.

The Bears, who swept a three-game series from Merchant Marine and started the season 5-0 last year and went 6-2 at the Gene Cusic Classic last season, are 3-1 in the Sunshine State after a thrilling 14-13 win over the Mariners yesterday to win the point in the Superintendent's Trophy to take a 9-6 lead in the standings with five sports to be played during this academic year.

Coast Guard, now 3-1 in Florida and 4-2 overall, split a pair of games with Fitchburg State before heading south.

The southern swing for the second straight season has been full of one-run games. Last season, four of the Bears first five wins in Florida were by one run and four of the six Florida wins were by a single run as well as a one-run loss.

It has been much of the same this season keeping the sun soaked fans on the edge of their seats.

It's been a roller coaster first few days on the diamond. Coast Guard trailed Baruch 14-7 in the eighth before tying the game with four in the ninth and winning 15-14 in 11 innings.

In the first game of the Merchant Marine series, the Bears squandered a 5-1 lead fell behind 6-5 before winning 7-6 and in the night cap Coast Guard fell behind 5-0 only to fall one run short in a 5-4 loss.

Yesterday in on the craziest games in recent history, the Bears were cruising with a 10-2 lead in the eighth only to see Merchant Marine score five in the eighth and then six in the ninth to tie the game 13-13.

Junior Timbo Duncan blasted a leadoff triple in the bottom of the ninth and scored on a wild pitch giving the Bears the 14-13.

Senior Kyle Wood is off a great start as he leads the team with a .467 batting average as well as a .692 on base percentage as he leads the team with 10 walks in the first six games.

Freshman Luke Thompson is hitting at a .400 clip while sophomores Alex Murdoch and Zach Serna are both hitting .389 on the young season while Serna leads the team with eight RBI's.

The Bears have enjoyed enormous crowds of family and friends during the first three days of the trip and they will enjoy the off day today before Coast Guard returns to action on Wednesday at noon against Lakeland.


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