Historic Softball Season Comes to an End With Loss to Coast Guard in NEWMAC Tourney

Ali LaRue

Springfield, MA --- WPI softball's record setting season concluded Saturday with a 4-0 loss in the NEWMAC Tournament to sixth-seeded Coast Guard at Springfield College's Potter Field.  Coast Guard, who later in the day eliminated Wellesley 5-2 in eight innings, is now 22-17 overall while the Engineers fell to 24-16.  The 24 wins were the most in WPI softball history. 

Coast Guard senior right-hander Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, LA) won her 15th game of the season and the 118th of her illustrious career, and after her win later in the day, is just one short of tying the NCAA Division III record for most wins. Feindel struck out 11 and walked one. She scattered eight hits on the afternoon.

For WPI, senior Erin Flaherty (Stoughton, MA) was the starter and loser. She pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing six hits and four runs, all earned. Senior Allie Hardy (West Townsend, MA) hurled the final 3 2/3 innings of scoreless, three-hit relief.

Coast Guard had nine hits, and scored two runs in the first, one in the second, and one in the fourth innings.

In the first inning, senior Maddie Buchert (Metaire, LA) doubled down the right field line with one out. Freshman Jesse Richardson (Kent, WA) then hit into a fielder's choice. Junior third baseman Holli Bastinck (Wayne, NY) then homered to give the Bears a 2-0 lead.

In the second inning, freshman Chloe Harmon (Escondido, CA) led off with a single to right field. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, and then on to third on a ground out. She then scored on a single to center by freshman Erin Lisko (Waynesboro, Pa.), making it 3-0 Coast Guard.

In the fourth inning, sophomore Kaitlin Ward (Saline, MI) singled to left to lead off. She was sacrificed to second, and then came home on a double to right-center by junior Stacia Sarwinski (Grove, OK). That closed the scoring.

WPI had leadoff hitters on base four times in seven innings, making it interesting, but could never cross the plate.

Sophomore Ali LaRue (South Glens Falls, NY) had two hits WPI, going 2-for-3 in the process.  Other Engineers with hits on the day included Nicole McDonough (Abington, MA), Katie Bumila (Raynham, MA), Lauren DiFelice (Acushnet, MA), Juliana Fekete (Belgrade, ME), Erin Beaulieu (Bethany, CT) and Janelle MacLaughlin (Lancaster, MA).

For the Bears, Bastinck was also 2-for-3.

Coast Guard will play at top-seeded Springfield in the losers bracket final next Saturday (May 5) at noon. The winner will need to beat second-seeded Babson twice to win the championship.

Release Courtesy Springfield Sports Information