Bears Comeback Comes Up Short

Brett Sullivan
Brett Sullivan

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth but could not complete the comeback as they fell to Babson 7-5 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.

With the loss the Bears fall to 6-11 overall and 0-3 in conference play, while the Beavers improve to 7-5 and win their first NEWMAC game of the season.

Junior Zach Serna went 2-5 with his first home run of the season, two RBI's and two runs scored. Senior Timbo Duncan was 3-4 with two runs scored while sophomore Will Stephens also had an RBI.

Sophomore Connor Gill had a team high two RBI's going 3-5 with a home run and a run scored. junior Adam Ayala went 2-5 with an RBI while senior Jake Weiss came off the bench to go 1-1 with two runs scored and a RBI triple.

The Beavers had an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Gill's solo shot to left field. 

The Bears, however, answered in the bottom of the first as Serna singled up the middle plating sophomore Luke Thompson. Duncan and Serna would also come around to score in the inning on an error by the second basemen giving Coast Guard the early 3-1 lead.

After three scoreless innings, Babson got one run back in the top of the fifth as Gill singled to short with two outs and the bases loaded scoring sophomore Brian McHale. The Bears, got out of the bases loaded jam in the next at bat forcing senior Jack Halpin to ground out to second.

The Beavers tacked on five more runs in the final three innings highlighted by Weiss's RBI triple to right center field for the eventual game winning run.

Coast Guard mounted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth as Serna sent one yard over the right field fence. Stephens then hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Duncan. Babson ended the threat after the Stephens sacrifice inducing a 643 double play to end the game.

Freshman Brett Sullivan started the game for the Bears taking the no decision as he pitched six innings allowing one earned run on three hits and striking out four. Senior Eric Vrissis (2-3) took the loss in relief allowing two earned runs on two hits.

Junior Teddy Carey (3-1), going six innings and striking out 12 for his third win of the season. 

Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow, March 30th, when they host Albertus Magnus in non-conference action. First pitch will be 4:00.

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