Stephens Big Game Gives Bears Split at MIT

Will Stephens
Will Stephens

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman Will Stephens was 4 for 5 with two doubles and four RBI's in the second game of a doubleheader as Coast Guard beat MIT 8-6 after dropping the opener 7-2 to split the opening twin bill of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) season.

MIT, the preseason favorite to win the conference, drops to 3-7 overall while Coast Guard snapped a six-game slide with the game two win to improve to 7-10 on the season.

Senior Mark Behne had three hits in the two games to give him exactly 100 for his career.


Junior Luke Sniatakowski and MIT's Nick Locascio were in a pitchers duel as the game was scoreless in the sixh.

Coast Guard took a 1-0 lead in the top of the sixth when senior Kyle Wood singled, stole second, move to third on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Timbo Duncan.

MIT took the lead with two runs in the home half of the sixth and blew it open with five more in the seventh.

Sniatkowski (1-3) took the loss as he was touched for four runs on four hits over six innings.

Freshman Luke Thompson along with Mark Behne each had two hits for the Bears, who added a run in the eighth on an RBI double by sophomore Alex Murdoch.


The Bears jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first as Stephen's highlighted the inning with a two-run double. Behne had his 100th career hit, a double, while Wood added an RBI single in the frame.

Senior Cory Sonnega's RBI single in the fourth pushed the lead to 5-0.

Leading 5-1, Luke Thompson had an RBI single in the sixth and then in the seventh, Stephens struck again with another two-run double for an 8-1 lead.

Junior Colton Cannon was cruising before running into trouble in the seventh and he left up 8-2 with the bases loaded. MIT's Austin Filierere blasted a grand slam cutting the deficit to 8-6.

Cannon (3-1) worked 6 2/3 innings to get the win. He allowed six hits and five runs while walking two and striking out two.

Junior Eric Vrissis settled down after allowing the grand slam and pitched the final 2 1/3 innings allowing just two hits, the one run, while striking out two.

Thompson had two more hits in the game two win for the Bears.

Coast Guard is back in action on Tuesday when they travel to Babson for a NEWMAC game at 3:30.


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