New London, Conn. - April 13, 2012 - Despite tying the game at six in the top of the ninth, the Springfield College baseball fell victim to a walk-off single as it dropped a 7-6 decision at Coast Guard on Friday afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action.
Sophomore Dave Wolinski’s one out RBI single in the bottom of ninth capped a 3 for 5 day with three RBI for the Bears as Coast Guard snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 12-17 overall and 6-10 in conference play. Springfield drops to 12-12 overall and 6-7 in the NEWMAC.
The Bears, who need to win the series to keep their NEWMAC tournament hopes alive, must now split tomorrow to remain in the hunt for the fourth and final spot.
Coast Guard led 6-4 heading to the ninth before sophomore Frank Calabrese’s two out, two-run single off Coast Guard closer junior Tyler Vieira tied the game at 6-6.
The Bears scored four unearned runs in the first inning as a key error early in the inning extended the frame. Wolinski had the big hit a two-run single while junior Eric Gerken added an RBI ground out and junior Cameron Carroll had an RBI single.
Coast Guard added another unearned run in the second when junior Joe Petry walked, stole second and moved to third on a single by junior Nolan Gallagher before scoring on an errant throw trying to pickoff Gallagher at first as Coast Guard took a 5-0 lead.
The Pride scored four times in the fifth on an RBI single by senior Mike Corletta, a two-run single by sophomore Mike McGowan while another run scored on a wild pitch.
The Bears added a key insurance run in the sixth as Wolinski reached on a double to left that the outfielder lost in the sun and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Carroll.
Junior Riley Beecher started for Coast Guard and worked 5 2/3 innings and allowed seven hits and four runs, three earned while walking five and fanning six. Senior Nick Peters was outstanding in relief as he pitched 2 1/3 inning allowing just one hit while striking out one. He came in the game with the bases loaded in the sixth and got a ground out to end the inning.
Vieira (4-1) picked up his team leading fourth win after being touched for a pair of runs in the ninth.
Sophomore Alex Williams started for the Pride and pitched 5 2/3 innings allowing seven hits and six runs, just one earned while walking three and striking out eight. Senior Craig Zysk (4-1), who suffered his first loss of the season, went 2 2/3 allowing just two hits and the earned run while fanning four. Sophomore Jon Medici faced just one batter, allowing the game winning hit to Wolinski.
The teams complete the three-game series tomorrow at noon with a doubleheader at Springfield.