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Baseball Sweeps Coast Guard In NEWMAC Opener

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., March 25, 2006 – Springfield College sophomore first baseman Ryan Hingston (Windsor, Vt.) went 4-for-6 with 5 RBI’s and 2 runs scored to lead the Springfield College baseball team to a doubleheader sweep of Coast Guard Academy in the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference openers for both teams. The Pride defeated the Bears 4-2 in 7 innings, then 13-7 in 9 innings.

With the wins, Springfield raises its record to 6-4 overall and 2-0 in NEWMAC play. Coast Guard drops to 8-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Senior right hander Matt Rodovick (Stamford, Vt.) pitched a complete game for Springfield in game #1, allowing just two runs off of five hits, while striking out six to improve his record to 3-1 on the season.

After allowing the first batter in both the first and second innings to reach second base, Rodovick settled down and got the next three batters in each inning to go down in order. Rodovick’s luck ran out in the third inning, as the Bears’ freshman Kevin Keefe led off the inning with a double and later crossed home plate on a sac fly by sophomore infielder Brian Lisko. That gave Coast Guard a 1-0 lead.

Lisko’s RBI double to left-center in the top of the fifth inning increased the Bears’ lead to 2-0. But the Pride answered back in the bottom of the sixth, scoring all four of its runs. After senior shortstop Chris McCarthy (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) led off the inning with a single up the middle, an error by Coast Guard’s infield opened the floodgates. Hingston had the big hit in the four-run rally, crushing a two-run double to right-center field. Seniors Adam Tarquini (Fishkill, N.Y.) and Derek Yvon (E. Longmeadow, Mass.) also drove in one run apiece with a sacrifice fly and a single, respectively.

Senior Mike Jarbeau, who doubled as Coast Guard’s starting pitcher and DH, had been sailing along until the bottom of the sixth. Jarbeau gave up only four hits, but suffered his first loss of the season. He is now 3-1.

In the second game of the chilly doubleheader, SC took advantage of two early Coast Guard errors and scored nine runs in the opening stanza, and added three more in the second en route to the 13-7 victory.

A total of five SC players had two hits and scored two runs apiece. They included senior shortstop Chris McCarthy (East Longmeadow, Mass.), senior centerfielder Scott Samolewicz (Florence, Mass.), sophomore rightfielder Rex Cone (Bristol, Conn.), Hingston, and sophomore second baseman Tim Romeo (Whitesboro, N.Y.).

The big hits in the first inning included a pair of 2-RBI singles by Hingston and sophomore DH Justin Nussey (Westminster, Mass.) as well as a 2-run double by Samolewicz.

Junior right-hander Derek Hodder (Naugatuck, Conn.) hurled 7 innings, allowing 5 runs, although only one was earned. He improves to 3-0 on the young campaign. Junior right-hander Tim Dowling (Naugatuck, Conn.) finished up, pitching the last two innings for the Pride.

Senior Cory Anderson was the starter and loser for the Bears. He is now 1-3 on the season.

Senior third baseman Pete Maloney went 2-for-3 in game #2 with 3 RBI’s for Coast Guard.

Springfield will play UMass Dartmouth Sunday (Mar. 26) at Berry-Allen Field at 1 pm.
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