Wheaton, Coast Guard Split NEWMAC Twinbill

Wheaton, Coast Guard Split NEWMAC Twinbill

Lyons offense erupts in game two 

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Wheaton College softball team split a pair of New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) games against Coast Guard Academy by scores of 8-0 (five innings) and 15-11 on Saturday afternoon. 

Coast Guard 8, Wheaton 0 (five innings) 

Coast Guard freshman Kristine Kahl (Monmouth, Maine) scattered four hits over five innings of work, did not issue a walk and struck out two batters to push her record to 12-6 overall on the season. 

Wheaton sophomore Noelle Christmas (Plymouth, Mass./Plymouth South) suffered the loss on one-and-two-thirds innings pitched, five hits, four runs (zero earned) and two punchouts. 

The Bears offense got going early with three runs on two hits, two errors and one runner left on base in the first. Senior Holli Bastinck (Wayne, N.J.) provided an RBI double to left center field and scored on a throwing error while classmate Stacia Sarwinski (Grove, Ok.) notched a run-producing single to left field. 

Coast Guard added solo runs in the second and fourth innings before forcing the mercy rule with a three-run frame in the fifth. Sophomore Jessie Richardson (Kent, Wash.) had an RBI single to right field and freshman Morgan Kingston (Satellite Beach, Fla.) drove in a run on a fielder's choice. 

Richardson went 3-for-4 with one run scored and one RBI to guide the Bears offense. Bastinck, Sarwinski and senior Summer Dupler (Beverly Hills, Fla.) all had multi-hit games as Coast Guard pounded out 11 hits total. 

Wheaton 15, Coast Guard 11 

Trailing 11-7 after two innings, the Lyons rallied for eight runs over the next five innings to salvage a split with the Bears. 

Sophomore Emily Berardi (Boston, Mass./Boston Latin) earned the win in relief tossing five-and-two-thirds innings of scoreless ball, yielded seven hits and one free pass. Junior Allison Baker (Orange, Conn./Amity Regional) was handed the no-decision on one-and-one thirds innings, 12 hits, 11 runs (nine earned), zero walks and two strikeouts. 

Kahl gave up 11 hits and nine runs (eight earned) through three innings pitched. Freshman Sammy Yuknat (Old Lyme, Conn.) shouldered the loss over four innings of work, 11 hits, six runs (all earned), three walks and one strikeout. 

Wheaton cut into its gap in the third as junior Jenna Rocha (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) knocked in a run with a single and freshman Kelly Welch (Wood Dale, Ill./Fenton) followed with an RBI single of her own to make it 11-9. 

Freshman Erin Deneen (Framingham, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) put the Lyons within one run, 11-10, in the fourth driving home junior Ashley Vertente (Fairhaven, Mass./Fairhaven) with a single to right field. Vertente led off the frame with a walk and advanced to second on an error. 

Both teams were held scoreless until the seventh when Wheaton broke through for five runs on five hits. Rocha highlighted the frame with a three-run homer to right field to cap the scoring. Senior Alanna Monahan (Dorchester, Mass./Southfield School) ripped an RBI double to right field to spark the comeback while Deneen knocked in her second run of the contest with a single to left field. 

The Lyons compiled 22 hits total and had six student-athletes tally multi-hit games. Wheaton's 1-4 hitters in the lineup including Deneen, senior Amanda Drury (Tolland, Conn./Tolland), Rocha and Welch, in respective order, combined to hit .667 (14-for-21), scored ten runs and drove in ten RBI's. 

Wheaton (22-14, 10-4 NEWMAC) hosts Wellesley College in a NEWMAC doubleheader on "Senior Day" at Clark Field tomorrow with game one scheduled for 1 p.m. Coast Guard (19-14, 7-9 NEWMAC) welcomes Eastern Connecticut State to its campus on Thursday, April 25 at 3 p.m.