NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Bears rallied twice in the bottom of the seventh as they beat Emerson 5-4 and 4-3 Friday afternoon on Senior Day in NEWMAC competition.
With the win Coast Guard improves to 14-14 overall and 5-9 in NEWMAC play. The Lions fall to 11-18 and 2-14 in conference play.
Game 1: Coast Guard 5 Emerson 4
Senior Kelsey Gray's fielder choice in the bottom of the seventh brought the Bears all the way back from a three run deficit for a 5-4 victory.
Senior Jessie Richardson was 2-4 with a homerun, two RBI's and a run scored. Junior Morgan Kingston was also 2-4 with a run scored while freshman Casey Cruzpino was 2-3 with a RBI. Gray went 1-3 with an RBI.
Freshman Jillian Gearin was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored while junior Amanda Horton went 3-4 with a run scored. Freshman Lyndi McIntyre was 2-4 with an RBI and Freshman Jacqueline DeFusco was 1-3 with a double, a RBI, and a run scored. Sophomore Shelby Carney was 2-3 with a RBI.
The Lions got on the board first as they scored three runs in the first inning. Defusco was hit by a pitch to start the game and Horton singled to second base putting runners on first and second. McIntyre then singled to center scoring DeFusco. Freshman Jillian Gearin followed suit as she also singled to center plating Horton. With two outs and the bases loaded sophomore Shelby Carney singled to right field scoring Gearin.
The Bears got one back in the bottom of the second as Cruzpino doubled to left field scoring sophomore Cherokee Strickland making the score 3-1.
Coast Guard tied the game up in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore Sara Cammuso singled to start the inning. In the next at bat, Richardson stepped to the plate and disposed of the ball over the right field fence for her first home run of the year and tying the score at three.
The game would not stay tied for long with DeFusco hitting an RBI double in the top of the sixth giving the Lions a one run lead.
The back and forth score would continue into the bottom of the sixth with Strickland leading off the inning with a double. In the next at bat Gray reached on an error by the shortstop which brought Strickland in to score.
Gray stepped to the plate once again in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded. With one out Gray hit into a fielder's choice, and the throw was too late coming home giving the Bears their first victory of the day and their fourth conference win of the season.
Sophomore Sarah Sorensen would earn the win going seven innings, giving up four earned runs on ten hits and striking out 4. After the win her record climbs to 12-13.
Freshman Alexis Ellis-Alvarez started in the circle for the Lions going five innings, giving up ten hits, and three earned runs. Ellis-Alvarez was relieved by junior Samantha Corey pitch an inning and a third, giving up one earned run on one hit and striking out one. Corey is credited with loss dropping her season record to 3-11.
Game Two: Coast Guard 4 Emerson 3
Freshman Emma Hvozdovich single in the bottom of the seventh and gave the Bears a 4-3 come from behind victory in the second game of the doubleheader.
Hvozdovich was 1-4 with two RBI's. Kingston was 3-4 with an RBI and a run scored while Senior Erin Lisko went 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Cammuso scored two run, walked twice, and was 1-1 with a single.
Emerson once again jumped out to an early lead in the top of the first. After a Horton sacrifice moved DeFusco to second, McIntyre singled to right field plating DeFusco and gave to Lions a 1-0 advantage.
Singles by Cammuso and Richardson put runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth. Lisko stepped to the plate and drove a single to center field scoring Cammuso, making the score 1-1.
The heart of Emerson's order mounted a charge in the top of the seventh with two runs scored. A DeFusco double moved senior Annie Jenkins to third and put two runners in scoring position. In the next at bat, Horton singled to right field scoring Jenkins. McIntyre followed up Horton's at bat with a single to left field plating DeFusco. Coast Guard was able to close out the inning as Horton attempted to steal home but a quick throw by Sorensen and allowed Cruzpino to apply the tag and hold on to the ball making the score 3-1 going into the bottom of the seventh.
The Bears loaded the bases with no out as Cammuso started the inning with a walk followed by a single by Richardson and Lisko. Kingston then singled to rightfield scoring Cammuso but Richardson was cut down trying to score from second. Hvozdovich stepped in a roped a single to right field bringing both Lisko and Kingston in to scored and sending the seniors home with a sweep on senior day.
Sorensen earned her second win of the day going seven innings, allowing nine hits, three earned runs, and struck out one. Her season record is 13-13 and she leads the NEWMAC with 13 wins on the season.
Freshman Casey Tsamis started for Emerson going five innings, giving up six hits, allowing one earned run and striking out one. Corey came in relief for the second game in a row and took the loss allowing three earned runs on five hits, and struck out one. Her season record is now 3-12.
Coast Guard is back in action tomorrow. April, 18th as they travel to Northampton Vermont for a doubleheader with NEWMAC foe, Smith. First pitch is 12:00 pm.