Engineers Drop Pair of Close Contests at Coast Guard

April 7, 2007

Box Score - Game 1
Box Score - Game 2

Courtesy Coast Guard Sports Information

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard sophomore Colleen Denny's three-run double highlighted a four-run fifth inning, as the Bears came from behind to beat MIT, 7-4, in the opener of Saturday afternoon's doubleheader, while fellow sophomore Katie Murray allowed just three hits and an unearned run in game two, as the Bears completed the sweep of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) twinbill with a 3-1 win. Coast Guard improved to 8-13 overall and 3-5 in the conference with the two triumphs, while the Engineers fell to 1-15 and 0-8.

Tech got on the board first in the opener, as freshman catcher Kasey Rowe belted an RBI double in the second inning and sophomore Helen O'Keefe added an RBI single in the fourth to stake MIT to a 2-0 lead.

Coast Guard responded in the home half of the fourth, as Denny's RBI double scored Jeannie Crump, who had led the inning off with a double of her own. Crump was then hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fifth to tie the game before Denny's three-run double to left put the Bears out in front.

MIT got two runs back in the sixth on back-to-back RBI singles by sophomore Melissa Tanner and freshman Lily Keung to cut the lead to 5-4, but the Bears added two insurance runs on a two-run single by Annette Boston in the sixth to increase the lead to 7-4.

The Cardinal and Gray loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, as Chelsea Ostrander singled and O'Keefe and Rowe walked, but Crump made a spectacular catch, running into the fence, to rob Tanner of a game-tying extra-base-hit and end the game.

Colleen Perry (3-9) allowed eight hits and four earned runs while walking seven and striking out eight to pick up the win for Coast Guard. Junior Amanda Poteet (0-4) allowed nine hits and seven earned runs while walking two and fanning six in defeat.

Leanna Minton, Boston and Denny each had two hits in the opener for the Bears, while junior Amanda Jason had two base-knocks for MIT.

Murray (4-3) took the hill for Coast Guard in game two and allowed just three singles, walked none and struck out five while also working around five Coast Guard errors to get the win. She also had a pair of hits at the plate for the Bears, making her the only player with multiple hits for either side in game two.

The Bears scored an unearned run in the third and then a pair in the fifth on an RBI single by Denny and an RBI double by Erin Cullen to take a 3-0 lead.

MIT plated an unearned run in the sixth, with junior pitcher Leah Bogsted delivering an RBI single.

Bogsted (1-6) went the distance on the mound and scattered six hits while walking two and striking out four in the losing effort.

The Engineers will travel to Brandeis University on Tuesday, Apr. 10, at 4:00 p.m. to make up a game that was postponed earlier in the season, while the Bears will host Salve Regina University at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 9.