Softball's Season Comes to an End at Coast Guard
NEW LONDON, Conn. – Sophomore Hayley Feindel became the Bears’ all-time strikeouts leader in style as she threw nine perfect innings including a six inning perfect game in game one of a doubleheader and senior Carin Sweeney celebrated Senior Day by hitting the first three home runs of her career and drove in seven runs in game two as Coast Guard, ranked third in New England, hit seven homers in a New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader sweep of MIT, 8-0 in six innings and 13-5 in five innings. MIT’s season came to an end with a final record of 7-19 and 3-13 in the NEWMAC. MIT senior Chelsea Ostrander capped her senior season with the first home run of her career in the fifth inning of game two.
Feindel retired all 18 batters she faced in the opener and tied a season-high with 14 strikeouts to become the Bears all-time leader. She broke the record of Colleen Perry (‘07) who had 634 punch outs. Feindel ended the first game with 644 strikeouts and added six more in game two to end the day with 650 for her career.
Coast Guard, which ran its win streak to eight, scored five runs in the first inning of game one with junior Amanda Frederick hitting a two-run homer before delivered her first career blast a solo shot to give the Bears a 3-0 lead. Freshman Stacia Sarwinski added an RBI double before sophomore Jamie Kim closed the scoring in the inning with an RBI single.
The Bears added two more runs in the fifth on RBI singles by freshman Holli Bastinck and senior Courtney Wolf. Junior Becky Miller’s RBI double in the sixth enforced the eight-run rule and ended the game.
Feindel, who leads the nation in strikeouts and shutouts, pitched three more perfect innings and struck out six to start game two before being replaced by freshman Catherine Walker for the final two innings.
Coast Guard (25-6, 13-1) again scored five runs in the first inning. Buchert led off the inning with a homer, Bastinck had an RBI single before Sweeney belted a three-run homer for the 5-0 lead.
Sweeney hit her third homer of the day, a three-run homer in the second for an 8-0 lead and Frederick hit her second homer of the day, a two-run shot in the third to give the Bears a 10-0 lead.
Frederick moved into second place all alone on the Bears all-time home run list and now has 18 career long balls. She was tied with Suzie Van der Veer (‘02) with 16 career homers entering the day.
MIT scored four times in the fourth off Walker as junior Keri
Dixon had a two-run single, freshman Emily Creedon added an RBI
ground out and junior Jenny Li had a sacrifice fly.
Wolf hit a two-run homer in the home half for the Bears to push the lead to 12-4.
The Engineers also scored a single run in the fifth to extend the game on Ostrander’s a solo homer.
Sweeney, who was 4 for 4 in game two, had her career-high seventh RBI on a single in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
Frederick was 6 for 7 on the day with five runs scored and four RBI.
In game two, Miller was 3 for 4 while Buchert added a pair of hits.
Coast Guard will try to clinch its second straight NEWMAC regular season championship tomorrow afternoon at Springfield. The Bears must win one of the two games to do so, if not Springfield will win the title and be the top-seed for the NEWMAC tournament which begins on Wednesday.