April 16, 2011

Softball Swept in Season Finale by No. 4 Coast Guard

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The No. 4 ranked Coast Guard Academy softball team erupted for 29 runs while starting pitcher, Hayley Feindel, ran her streak of consecutive innings without allowing a run to 65, as the Bears downed swept host MIT, 14-0 and 15-1 in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Briggs Field.

The Bears (31-1, 15-1 NEWMAC) jumped out to an early lead in Game One, striking for three unearned runs in the top of the first. After back-to-back Tech errors, Catherine Walker picked up two of her three RBI's with a double into the right-centerfield gap. Three straight doubles by Amanda Frederick, Holly Bastnick and Walker led to four more runs for Coast Guard in the second. Frederick would also add a solo shot in the fifth, as part of a three-for-four afternoon.

The Cardinal and Gray had a pair of chances to snap Feindel's lengthy scoreless innings streak, loading the bases in the first and putting a runner on third in the third inning. Jessica Oleinik picked up a two-out walk, followed by a single by Keri Dixon. Jenny Li reached on an error by the shortstop but Feindel got Anna Christensen to pop up to end the threat. Jessica Iacobucci led off the third with a base hit, advancing two bases on an error by the rightfielder, but Feindel escaped the jam once again with a pair of strikeouts. The junior All-American allowed just two hits in the first game while striking out 10 Tech hitters.

The Coast Guard bats picked up where they left off in Game Two, striking for eight runs in the second inning en route to the 15-1 win. The first five batters reached base and scored as 12 Bears would come to the plate in the inning. Walker drove in three more runs with a double in her second plate appearance of the stanza. A pair of home runs in the third, by Kaitlin Ward and Devin Fellman, led to three more runs for Coast Guard.

Keri Dixon plated the lone Tech run of the afternoon with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth, bringing home Iacobucci.

Fellman was 7-of-9 on the afternoon with nine RBI and four runs scored. Walker had four doubles while driving in six runs. Feindel, who leads the nation with 30 wins and 343 strikeouts, earned the win in both games, striking out 16 while allowing just two hits and one walk in eight innings of work.

The Engineers see their season come to an end at 5-20 overall but tied the program record for conference wins, finishing at 4-12 in the NEWMAC, their best ledger in league play since 2002. The Bears captured the outright NEWMAC regular season title and will look to repeat as Tournament Champions beginning on Wednesday, April 20 against an opponent to be determined.