NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard received a strong pitching performance from Derek Petty that lifted the Bears to a 2-0 win over MIT in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference baseball game this afternoon. MIT also picked up a strong effort from its starter, senior Max Ockner (Chesterfield, Mo.), but the Engineers left seven runners on base as Coast Guard won the series two games to one.
Coast Guard (18-11, 8-6 NEWMAC) picked up the only run it would need in the bottom of the first. Erik Gerken led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice and then came around to score on a two-out, RBI single by Tyler Babkiewich.
That is where the score would stay for the next six innings as both starters kept their opponents offenses in check. MIT had base runners in every inning but the ninth, but could not come up with the big hit. Petty had a double-play turned behind him to erase a threat in the third and escaped a leadoff double by sophomore K.J. Parent (Knoxville, Tenn.) in the fifth when Parent, who moved to third on a sacrifice, was caught trying to steal home.
Petty went eight innings for Coast Guard, scattering eight hits and striking out four with a pair of walks to improve to 5-2. The Bears scored an insurance run for him in the seventh when Mike Massacre led off with a single, moving up to second when the next hitter's ground ball to short was misplayed for an error. He was then sacrificed to third and came in to score on a ground out by Joe Petry. Tyler Vieira set down MIT in order in the ninth to record his seventh save.
Ockner took the tough loss to fall to 3-2, going seven innings and allowing seven hits and one earned run while striking out five without issuing a walk.
Parent was the only player from both teams that had two hits, going 2-for-4 with a double.
MIT will play at Wesleyan (Conn.) on Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. in its next game. Coast Guard will stay in conference in its next outing, playing at Springfield tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.