New London, Conn..-- April 16, 2011 -- Coast Guard used a pair of solid pitching outings to sweep Springfield 3-2 and 6-2 in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader, the final conference games of the season.The Bears clinched the fourth and final spot in the NEWMAC tournament with the game one win.
Coast Guard is now 19-13 overall and finished 9-9 in conference play. Springfield drops to 10-19 overall and 4-14 in conference play.
The Pride led 2-0 heading to the bottom of the sixth inning of the seven inning opening game as senior Michael Micik had an RBI single in the first and freshman Frank Calabrese added a sac fly in the sixth.
Coast Guard scored three times in the home half of the sixth as sophomore Tyler Babkiewich’s two-run double tied the game and he scored on a sacrifice fly by junior Mike Salerno. Sophomore Eric Gerken doubled to lead off the inning before junior Eddie Kalankiewicz singled and moved to second on an error to set the stage for Babkiewich.
Junior Greg Marakovits had allowed just three hits through the first five innings before being touched for three runs and four hits in the sixth. He took the loss to drop to 1-3 on the season.
Karr (4-3) scattered seven hits and allowed just one earned run while walking three and striking out three to get the win. Sophomore Tyler Vieira pitched the seventh, allowing just a walk, to pick up his seventh save of the season.
Gerken, Kalankiewicz and Babkiewich each had two hits in the win while John Schmaltz had a pair of hits for Springfield.
In game two, Springfield again took a 2-0 lead as the Pride got a run in the second on an RBI-ground out by Calabrese and an RBI-single by classmate Mike McGowan in the third.
Sophomore Mike Massaro ripped a three-run double in the right field gap in the third to give the Bears the lead for good. Senior Graham Sherman delivered an RBI-double in the fifth for a 4-2 lead before Massaro and sophomore Cameron Carroll had RBI-singles in the seventh to close the scoring.
Petty (4-3) allowed seven hits and two earned runs in 7 1/3 innings while walking one and striking out five to get the win. Sophomore Curt Barrett pitched the final inning to record the first save of his career.
Freshman Alex Williams (1-3) took the loss for Springfield. He went four innings and allowed five hits and four runs, all earned while walking three and fanning four.
Massaro was 3-for-4 in the game two win while Kalankiewicz and Babkiewich each had two more hits to finish the day with four hits apiece. Sherman also had two hits for the Bears.
McGowan and junior Mike Corletta had a pair of hits for Springfield in the second game.
Springfield is now off until the 26th when it hosts Amherst at 4 pm at Berry-Allen Field.