Bears Close Out Southern Swing With Another Thrilling Win

Timbo Duncan
Timbo Duncan

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Coast Guard scored four runs in the top of the 11th to win yet another marathon game at the Gene Cusic Classic as the Bears held off Dominican (Ill.) 14-11.

The Bears finish 5-3 on the southern swing and improve to 6-4 overall. Seven of the eight games in Florida were decided by one run or went extra innings. The Bears won the Florida opener 15-14 over Baruch in 11 innings before closing the trip with another 11 inning nail biter, a game which lasted four hours and four minutes.

Coast Guard trailed 9-6 before scoring three runs in the sixth to tie the game 9-9. In the sixth, senior Ed Lazowski's two-run single tied the game while junior Timbo Duncan added an RBI ground out.

The Bears took a 10-9 lead in the top of tenth on an error before the Stars tied it on a one out RBI double before junior Justin Reholz worked his way out of a jam with a strikeout and ground out with the winning run on second base.

Coast Guard erupted in the top of the 11th taking the lead when senior Mark Behne was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded before Duncan delivered the key hit of the inning, a two-run single pushing the lead to 13-10. Senior Kyle Wood's RBI single gave the Bears a 14-10 lead.

In the home half, Dominican scratched a run, but with runners on first and second, Rebholz (1-0) closed out the game by striking out the final two batters to pickup his first win of the season. He worked two innings and allowed four hit and a pair of runs while walking two and fanning three.

Freshman Dan Finn was outstanding in relief as he kept the Bears in game by throwing 4 1/3 innings of hitless relief as he retired the first ten batters he faced and 13 of 14 overall allowing just one walk and striking out four.

Freshman Jake Behne had a huge game as he collected the first four hits of his career while his brother Mark along with Duncan, Lazowski and senior Kyle Wood each added two hits in the win for the Bears.

Dominican scored five times in the fourth to build a 7-4 lead.

The Bears are back in action on Friday when they travel to Johnson & Wales for a non-conference game at 3:00.

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