Bears Beat Seahawks, Fall to Huskies

Junior Sara Sorensen
Junior Sara Sorensen

CLERMONT, Fl. - Coast Guard won their first game of the day against Salve Regina 8-5, but dropped their second game to the Southern Maine in six innings by a score of 9-0 at the National Training Center Tournament.

In game one the Bears were led by freshman Emma Hvozdovich who was 3-4 with and RBI and a run scored along with sophomore Cherokee Strickland who was 2-4 with one RBI and two runs scored. Freshman Casey Cruzpino added two more RBI's while senior Jessie Richardson, junior Morgan Kingston, and sophomore Sara Cammuso each had one.

Sophomore Nikki Bukovsky led the Seahawks going 2-4 with four RBI's. Junior Genevieve Benoit was 2-3 with one RBI and a run scored.

Coast Guard scored their first run of the game in the second inning when Cruzpino walked with the bases loaded bringing Strickland home and giving the Bears an early lead. Coast Guard could not capitalize on the bases loaded situation as Kingtson line out to left field for the final out.

Salve answered in the bottom of the second as freshman Kristen Hickey reach on a fielders choice plating fellow freshman Francesca Galeazzi.

The Bears would take the lead right back in the top of the third as Strickland doubled center, scoring Richardson. A few batters late Hvozdovich came to the plate and slapped a single to center scoring Strickland giving Coast Guard a 3-1 lead.

Both teams would swap runs until the top of the fifth when the Bears would drop four runs on the Seahawks. Senior Kelsey Gray would double to right scoring junior Hannah Ingerson. Cammuso would then reach on an error scoring Hvozdovich. Cruzpino would tally her second RBI of the day on a fielders choice while Kingston would follow her up with an RBI single giving Coast Guard a 8-3 lead going into the bottom of the fifth.

Salve would score two more runs over the final two and a half innings but it was not enough as Coast Guard closed out the first game 8-5. Sophomore Sara Sorensen improved her record to 3-1 on the season pitching a complete game with five strikeouts.

The Bears fell behind early in the second game as the Huskies scored one in the first and two in the third on a two run home run by freshman catcher Courtney Davis.

Coast Guard was not able to get anything going and Southern Maine hung six more runs on the Bears in the top of the sixth closing the game out in six innings and giving the Huskies their first win of the season 1-1.

"I was pleased with our performance in the first game," said head coach Donna Kocjzajowski. "We ran out of steam in the second game and came up against a hard hitting USM (University of Southern Maine) team who jumped on us early. We will rest up on our off day tomorrow and come back strong on Friday."

Freshman Emily Dow took the loss in the second game dropping her record to 1-1 on the season and bringing Coast Guards record to 4-2. 

The Bears return to action on Friday, March 13th, when they play Bates at 11:00 and Fitchburg State at 1:00.