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Baseball Sweeps Coast Guard to Win First NEWMAC West Division Series

Baseball Sweeps Coast Guard to Win First NEWMAC West Division Series

New London, Conn. - April 6, 2019 - The Springfield College baseball team rebounded from its extra-inning loss on Friday afternoon with two wins over Coast Guard on Saturday, winning the Pride's first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) West Division series of the season. The maroon and white defeated the Bears, 8-4, in game one, before knocking off the hosts, 14-7, to complete the doubleheader sweep.

Springfield College now sits at 13-10 overall and 5-4 in the league, while Coast Guard drops to 13-10 on the year with a 3-6 mark against league opponents.

Springfield College will now return to Archie Allen Field on Tuesday, April 9 when it will play host to Babson in NEWMAC play at 3:30 p.m.

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Springfield College 8, Coast Guard 4 -- Game One

Junior pitcher Shawn Babineau (Ashland, Mass.) pitched a complete game and picked up his third win of the year as he held the Bears to just four runs and struck out seven in the first of two games for Springfield College in New London, Conn. on Saturday. Offensively, the Pride was led by a pair of RBI from Jack Cooney (Pittsfield, Mass.), as the sophomore also scored a pair of runs. 

Three other student-athletes recorded an RBI each, as Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and Jason Bean (Middleboro, Mass.) each had two hits.

Cooney got the Pride on the board in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly that scored Brandon Russo (Lisbon, Conn.), before the Bears pulled even in the bottom of the third to make it 1-1 after three. In the top of the fifth, Jake Gleason (South Dennis, Mass.) drew a walk with the bases loaded, allowing the Pride to take a 2-1 lead, but once again, the Bears evened the score with a run in the bottom of the sixth.

From there, Springfield College opened up a 6-2 lead with four runs in the top of the seventh, as Cooney reached on an error which allowed Russo to score his second run of the game, before Noah Bleakley (Granby, Mass.) reached on a fielder's choice that plated Cooney. Next, Bean laced a single to right center, scoring Bleakley, before Cam Rivest (Agawam, Mass.) reached on another error from the Bears, this time scoring Jack Simonetty (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.)

In the top of the eighth, Cooney doubled to right center to score Russo for the third time, before Joao doubled down the left-field line to plate Cooney, resulting in an 8-2 advantage for the maroon and white. In the bottom of the ninth, Coast Guard scored twice, but Babineau was able to defuse the rally, earning his third win of the year.

Springfield College 14, Coast Guard 7 -- Game Two

The second win for the Pride was fueled by four RBI off the bat of Brandon Drabinski (Lisbon, Conn.), as the senior went 2-for-4 and also scored three runs. Sophomore Eduardo Martinez (Southwick, Mass.) and Joao each had two RBI in the win, as Russo and Nick Fazio (Kings Park, N.Y.) had two hits apiece. 

Bleakley got the nod and improved to 4-0 as he pitched 6.0 frames and struck out seven, while Ben Arnold (Deerfield, Mass.) and Duncan Satterlee (Albany, N.Y.) came on in relief and pitched the final 3.0 innings, combining for five strikeouts.

This time Coast Guard struck first with a run in the bottom of the first, but Fazio would double to score Kyle Godfrey (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) in the top of the second to even the score at one apiece. From there, the Pride tacked on two more in the top of the third as Joao plated Cooney with a single to center, before Godfrey opened up and doubled to center, scoring Joao. 

Springfield College would take a 6-1 advantage in the top of the sixth after a two-run home run off the bat of Drabinski, which scored Fazio, before Coast Guard cut its deficit back to four with a run in the bottom of the frame.

After tacking on another run in the top of the seventh, Coast Guard pulled to within three with two runs in the seventh, before Springfield College gained a 10-4 advantage after a two-run double from Martinez and an RBI single from Joao in the top of the eighth.

Trailing 10-4, Coast Guard scored once in the bottom of the eighth, as the Pride picked up four insurance runs in the top of the ninth, led by an RBI single from Ryan Smith (Millis, Mass.), a two-run double from Drabinski and a run-scoring single from Mark Serricchio (Stamford, Conn.).

Although the Bears scored two in the bottom of the ninth, Springfield College was still able to escape with the win.