Springfield, Mass. - April 5, 2014 - The Springfield College baseball split with visiting Coast Guard on Saturday, winning game two of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader with a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth.
The Pride entered the ninth inning of game two trailing by two runs, but Sean Smith (Broken Arrow, Okla.) drove in the Pride's first then Corey Wilcox (Montville, Conn.) tied the game at two runs apiece with an RBI single to left field. Keith Cotnoir (Westhampton, Mass.) took a walk with the bases loaded to bring in the game-winning run.
With the split, Springfield is now 8-9 on the season and 3-6 in NEWMAC play while Coast Guard stands at 9-13 (4-5 NEWMAC).
Coast Guard 7, Springfield 3:
Frank Calabrese (East Longmeadow, Mass.) and Smith each had multi-hit games for the Pride, but Coast Guard took advantage of an early lead to earn the win.
Calabrese went 2-for-2 with three walks while Smith went 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
Coast Guard was led by Mark Behne (Clifton, Va.) and Blake Thompson (Liberty Hill, Texas) at the plate. Behne went 3-for-5 with three runs batted in and Thompson went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one batted in. Colton Cannon (Kennesaw, Ga.) earned the win on the mound for the Bears, improving to 2-2 on the year. He allowed six hits, three runs, one earned while striking out four.
The Bears put up five runs in the second inning to jump out to an early lead. Back-to-back singles started the inning and Lukas Laplante (Leeds, Mass.) drove in a run on a double to right field for a 1-0 lead. RBI singles by Cory Sonnega (Shoreline, Wash.) and Thompson made it a 3-0 game and the Bears took the 5-0 advantage as Behne drove in two runs on a single to center field.
Springfield put up one run in the bottom half of the inning to make it a 5-1 game. Dan Bergami (Schenectady, N.Y.) led off the inning with a double to right field and Billy Paskowski (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) was hit by a pitch to put runners of first and second. Anthony Faggiana (Woodbridge, Conn.) reached on a fielders choice, but a dropped ball by the first baseman allowed Faggiana to advance to second and Bergami to score.
Coast Guard tacked on a run in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead. Three-straight singles loaded the bases and Kyle Wood (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.) brought home Dan Sabourin (St. Paul, Minn.) on a fielders choice to the shortstop.
Springfield posted two more runs, one in each of the fifth and sixth innings. Smith drove in Steve Starr (Lebanon, Conn.) on a line drive single to right center to make it a 6-2 game. In the sixth the Pride made it a 6-3 game as Faggiana scored when the shortstop threw the ball over the third baseman, trying to get Faggiana out.
Coast Guard added an insurance run in the eighth as Behne drove in Thompson on an RBI single up the middle for a 7-3 game.
Coast Guard 1, Springfield 0:
Game two of the doubleheader was a pitchers dual between Springfield's Mike DeMille (East Milton, Mass.) and Coast Guard's Andrew Lucak (Gulf Breeze, Fla.). DeMille lasted seven innings, allowing just five hits, one run, zero earned, while striking out three. Dan Green (Oakland, N.J.), working two innings of relief picked up the win, his first of the season, for the Pride. Green allowed just one run on one hit while recording a strikeout to earn the victory. Lucak (1-2) took the loss after working the first 8.1 innings, being charged with all three runs on just six hits and two walks while picking up a strikeout.
After trading zeroes for the first five innings, Coast Guard got on the board in the sixth inning when Wood took a walk with the bases loaded for a 1-0 lead.
Coast Guard would add a run in the top of the ninth to grab a 2-0 lead. Behne led off the inning with a base-hit to right field and following a ground out and error, advanced to third before first baseman Sonnega grounded out to short to drive in the run.
Springfield would rally in the ninth, however, scoring three times to earn the victory. First baseman Billy Peterson (Wareham, Mass.) led off the inning with a double to left before coming around to score two batters later when catcher Smith delivered an RBI single to right center. A walk to Adam Zandri would chase Lucak from the game. A passed ball advanced Zandri and Smith to second and third, respectively before Bergami drew a walk to load the bases with just one out. Coast Guard would make another pitching change, bringing in Blake Thompson to try and close things out. After Wilcox singled to left to bring in Smith with the game-tying run, Cotnoir drew a walk to give Springfield the walk-off 3-2 victory and avoid the series sweep.
Smith led the Pride at the plate going 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
Up next, Springfield will travel to Emerson on Tuesday for a 6:00 p.m. NEWMAC clash. Coast Guard will play on Monday, hosting Westfield State for a 3:30 start.