Game #1 - Coast Guard 1, WPI 0
Game #2 - Coast Guard 3, WPI 2 (9 inn.)
Worcester, MA --- WPI had the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position with nobody out in the bottom half of the ninth inning but failed to score as Coast Guard's Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, LA) shut the door on a 3-2 game two win in a NEWMAC softball doubleheader on Friday afternoon. Feindel and the Bears (14-4, 5-1 NEWMAC) shut out WPI in game one of the NEWMAC twinbill 1-0. With the losses, WPI fell to 10-7 and 2-4 in the conference.
Feindel (12-4) pitched all 16 innings of the doubleheader for visiting Coast Guard and turned in two outstanding performances. In the opener, Feindel allowed only two hits and struck out 11 in a 1-0 complete-game shutout. In game two, the sophomore threw nine more frames, striking out 11 more Engineers while allowing just a two-run blip in the fourth inning en route to her second win of the day.
In game one, Feindel and WPI's Allie Hardy (West Townsend, MA) matched zeroes for five innings before Coast Guard pushed across a run in the sixth that would be the difference. Senior third baseman Courtney Wolf (Fredericksburg, VA) lined a one-out double before moving to third and scoring on a Carin Sweeney (Woodbury, MN) bloop to right. The run would stand up, as Feindel permitted just one more hit for the rest of the game.
Hardy also tossed a complete game in game one, allowing just the one run on seven hits en route to suffering the hard-luck loss. Kim Martilla (Kings Park, NY) and Katherine Fitton (Lebanon, CT) had WPI's two hits off Feindel, both singles. First baseman Maddie Buchert (Metairie, LA) paced Coast Guard with two hits and a stolen base in the opener.
Coast Guard would get on the board first once again in game two, plating two in the third inning to take an early 2-0 lead. Right fielder Stacia Sarwinski (Grove, OK) led off and was hit by a pitch and scored on a Buchert RBI double. Then with two out, catcher Amanda Frederick (Lebanon, OH) lined a double to left that gave the visitors a two-run advantage.
WPI came back to tie the game in the fourth. Chelsea Fogarty (Mystic, CT) smacked a one-out single to center before Martilla cranked a two-run shot to left. The blast was Martilla's first home run of the season.
The teams would remain deadlocked and head into extra innings. In the bottom of the eighth, WPI narrowly missed walking off with the victory as Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT) produced a two-out single with Emily Hartzell (Brunswick, ME) standing on second. Hartzell was gunned down at the plate however, preserving the tie and sending the contest into the ninth.
In the ninth, Summer Dupler (Beverly Hills, FL) went to second via softball's international tiebreaker rules, and moved to third on a sac bunt before scoring Coast Guard's third run on squeeze bunt from Jamie Kim (Irvine, CA) as the Bears manufactured the go-ahead run. Erin Saari (Brookline, NH) was placed on second in the Engineer ninth before Fogarty produced a single to center to spark WPI in its final at-bat. Fogarty moved to second on the throw that stopped Saari at third, as WPI was set up to tie the game once again with two runners in scoring position. Feindel would buckle down however, striking out the next three batters swinging to seal her second win of the afternoon with a flourish.
WPI's Erin Flaherty (Stoughton, MA) pitched all nine innings of the second game for the hosts, allowing three runs on four hits while striking out seven. Flaherty fell to 4-3 on the year. Fogarty and Katrina Boynton (Ballston Lake, NY) each recorded multi-hit games for the Crimson and Gray, which scratched out eight hits in the game but had trouble scoring after Martilla's two-run homer. Buchert, Frederick and Holli Bastinck (Wayne, NJ) each doubled for the visiting Bears.
WPI Softball will have a quick turnaround, as the team will travel to Wellesley for another NEWMAC doubleheader tomorrow at 12pm. Coast Guard will also be in action on Saturday, when it will host Clark in a conference twinbill at noon.