SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (April 19, 2007) -- Junior Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn.) went 4-for-5 and scored three runs in leading the Springfield College baseball team to a 10-3 victory over the Coast Guard Academy in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference game at SC’s Berry-Allen Field this afternoon.
With the win, Springfield is now 7-16 overall, 3-6 in the NEWMAC. Coast Guard falls to 10-12 overall, 4-5 in the conference.
Cone was involved right away in the first inning when SC took a 3-0 lead. Senior center-fielder Chris Stack (Albany, N.Y.) led off the Pride first as he was hit by a pitch. A walk and a hit followed. Stack then scored the game’s first run as junior second baseman Tim Romeo (Whitesboro, N.Y.) hit into a sharp double play, started by the shortstop. Cone then laced a double, knocking in the second run. After moving up to third on a wild pitch, he scored on a single by junior third baseman Ryan Hingston (Windsor, Vt.).
Sophomore right-hander Jacob Feist (Allentown, Pa.), now 1-2, was the beneficiary of solid run support for the Pride. He pitched seven innings, allowing just four hits and one run (earned). He struck out three and walked just one in picking up his first win of the year. Feist left with a 10-1 lead.
Springfield scored two more in the third off Bears’ starter, sophomore pitcher Kevin Thomas (Milford, Mass.), the eventual loser (0-5). Romeo was hit by a pitch. Cone singled him to second. Hingston then doubled home one run. Cone later scored on a ground out by sophomore first baseman Ryan Tatreau (Greenfield, Mass.).
In the fifth inning, with two outs, Cone tripled, followed by a Hingston walk. Tatreau then doubled home two runs before he was caught straying too far rounding second base. That made it 7-0.
Coast Guard touched Feist for one run in the top of the sixth. With two outs, junior shortstop Christian George (Rumson, N.J.) singled. Senior center-fielder Chuck Arena (Houston, Tex.) then doubled him home from first.
SC countered that run with one of its own in the bottom of the sixth. Sophomore shortstop Jamie Mackie (Springfield, Mass.), making his first appearance of the season, returning from a pair of knee surgeries, singled with one out. He moved up on two walks, then eventually scored on a sacrifice fly to right by junior DH Casey Federico (Agawam, Mass.).
The Pride scored two more in the bottom of the seventh, the runs scampering in on a walk and a wild pitch.
Coast Guard scored two more in the eighth, cutting the margin to seven (10-3). With the bases loaded and one out, junior first baseman Kevin Higgins (Plymouth, Mass.) lifted a long sacrifice fly to center, plating the first run. The second scored on a bases-loaded walk.
The losing pitcher was Thomas, who went 5 1/3 innings, giving up eight hits and eight runs. He walked four, while striking out three. He is now 0-5.
George went 2-for-4, scoring two runs for the Bears. Arena went 3-for-4 with a double, knocking in one run.
For Springfield, Cone’s 4-for-5 included a double and a triple. He knocked in one run. Hingston went 3-for-4 with one run scored, a stolen base, and two RBI’s. Stack was 0-for-1, but he was on base four times with three walks and being hit by a pitch. Tatreau was 1-for-3, but that one hit was a 2-run double. He knocked in three all told.
Up next, Springfield hosts MIT in a doubleheader Saturday at 12 noon. Coast Guard travels to MIT on Friday for a single game at 3:30 p.m.