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Baseball Suffers a Pair of Setbacks to Coast Guard in NEWMAC Doubleheader

Baseball Suffers a Pair of Setbacks to Coast Guard in NEWMAC Doubleheader

Springfield, Mass.- April 9, 2016 - The Springfield College baseball program dropped a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games to the Coast Guard Academy on Saturday afternoon at Berry-Allen Field.

With the losses, Springfield is now 8-12-1 overall and 2-6 in conference play, while the Bears improve to 10-12 on the year, and 3-2 in the NEWMAC.

Up next, the Pride will return to Berry-Allen Field and will play host to Brandeis in non-conference action on Monday at 3:30

Coast Guard 13, Springfield 10 – Game One

Senior Dan Green (Oakland N.J.) got the nod for Springfield, giving up four runs, three earned, over 6.1 innings of work, leaving with a 4-3 lead in hand. Fletcher Comment (Westbrook, Conn.), Mitchell Goldman (Uxbridge, Mass.), Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.) and Joey Gamache (Lebanon, Conn.) worked in relief for the Pride.

At the plate, Peter Marsicano (Allentown, N.J.) collected two hits and a pair of runs, while JP Peters (Guilford, Conn.) and Matt Fraioli (Stamford, Conn.) each scored twice for the Pride.

Coast Guard got on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning, plating three runs on four hits. Cory Sonnega (Shoreline, Wash.) and Luke Thompson (San Ramon, Calif.) singled, putting runners on first and second for Will Stephens (Raleigh, N.C.). Stephens laced a single into left center field, sending Sonnega towards home. A two hop throw to the plate from Colin King (Berlin, Conn.) nailed Sonnega at the plate, keeping the score tied.

Zach Serna (Palatine, Ill.) was hit by a pitch to load the bases, before a wild pitch and throwing error brought home Thompson and Stephens. Kyle Wood (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) plated Serna to make it 3-0.

Springfield tallied four runs of their own in the sixth, when a walk and runners interference put Corey Wilcox (Uncasville, Conn.) and Peters on base. Marsicano double to left center to plate two, before a walk to Fraioli and a two-run double from Kyle Allen (Westerly, R.I.) put the Pride on top.

Coast Guard wasted little time responding, scoring three again in the top of the seventh, lacing four singles through five batters to retake the lead.

Springfield again answered, scoring six in the bottom of the frame. With two outs and a runner on first, Peters and Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.) laced back-to-back singles, cutting the lead to 6-5. An error and walk tied the game before a second error put the Pride on top. With the bases loaded, King lined a triple to right center, giving Springfield the 10-6 edge.

Coast Guard put up their own six runs in the next half inning, bringing 10 men to the plate. A bases loaded walk cut the lead to 10-7, a hit batter made it 10-8, followed by a two-run single to tie the game. A walk put two runners on, before a two-run single from Timbo Duncan (Heath, Texas) put the Bears up, sealing the game one win.

Coast Guard 7, Springfield 4 – Game Two

Sophomore Kyle Naples (Kensington, Conn.) took the hill for the Pride in game two, going 6.0 innings, striking out eight while giving up a pair of unearned runs. Jack Weinberger (Sunapee, N.H.) took the loss for the Pride, giving up two runs in one inning of relief work.

Wilcox paced the Pride offense, collecting a pair of hits, stealing a base, and scoring once. Evan Moore (Portsmouth, R.I.) reached base three times for Springfield.

Springfield got on the board in the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Drabinski, taking the 1-0 edge without getting a hit in the inning, working a pair of walks.

Springfield added to the lead with three runs in the fourth inning. Wilcox kicked things off with a lead-off single before stealing second base. A walk and a single loaded the bases before a wild pitch plated Wilcox. With runners on second and third with two gone, TJ Fiorino (Somers, N.Y.) lined a two-run single to left center, pushing the Pride advantage to 4-0.

Coast Guard cut the lead in half in the sixth inning, kicking the frame off with back-to-back singles. A wild pitch put runners on second and third before an error plated the first run. A one out sacrifice fly from Mark Behne (Clifton, Va.) made it 4-2.

Coast Guard took the lead with three runs in the top of the seventh inning, using three walks, a run scoring ground out, and a two-out, two-run double from Duncan to take the lead.

The Bears added runs again in the eighth inning, stringing together a pair of RBI singles. Back-to-back singles to begin the frame, along with a sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third with one gone for Stephens, who grounded a single to left field, scoring one. Serna followed by lining a single to right field, adding the second run of the inning and pushing the lead to 7-4.

The Pride loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth with two outs, using a pair of walks and an infield single, but Dustin Reeder (Lincoln, Del.) ended the threat, getting a game ending strike out.