New London - Dave Wolinski's one-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning led the Coast Guard Academy team to a 7-6 victory over Springfield College on Friday, keeping the Bears in the hunt for a league tournament bid.
Wolinski, Coast Guard's first baseman, finished 3-for-5 with three RBI. The Bears are 12-17 overall, 6-10 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference and must now split a doubleheader with Springfield today to stay alive for the fourth and final tournament spot.
Springfield (12-12, 6-7) tied the game 6-6 with a two-out, two-run single by Frank Calabrese off Coast Guard closer Tyler Vieira in the ninth inning.
The Bears scored four unearned runs in the first inning, getting a two-run single by Wolinski, an RBI groundout by Eric Gerken and an RBI single by Cameron Carroll. They went on to lead 5-0 with a run in the second.
Riley Beecher pitched 5 2/3 innings for Coast Guard and allowed seven hits and four runs, three earned, while walking five and striking out six. Nick Peters pitched 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one hit, and Vieira (4-1) earned the victory.
The teams play a doubleheader today at noon.
In other games:
• UConn senior right-hander David Fischer pitched 7 1/3 innings in a 7-2 loss at St. John's in the Big East Conference. Fischer (3-4) gave up seven runs, four earned, on seven hits and four walks to go with four strikeouts. Ryan Fuller of Old Lyme singled and scored for the Huskies (19-15, 8-2), who lost back-to-back games for the first time since March 17 and 18. UConn scored its two runs in the second inning to take a 2-0 lead.
• Wellesley College swept Coast Guard in a NEWMAC doubleheader, winning a pitchers' dual in the first game 3-2 in nine innings and taking the second game 5-1.
In the first game, Coast Guard's Erin Lisko advanced to third on a sacrifice from Devin Fellman - the teams start with a runner on second base in extra innings - but was thrown out at the plate on a ground ball to short. Wellesley won in the bottom of the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Abby Casey to score Emilyrose Havrilla.
Holli Bastinck had two hits and Hayley Feindel pitched 8 2/3 innings for Coast Guard, not allowing an earned run. She allowed six hits, striking out seven and walking two.
In the second game, Wellesley scored five runs in the first two innings. Coast Guard scored its only run on a leadoff home run in the second by Stacia Sarwinski.
The Bears play another doubleheader at noon today, home against MIT.
Connecticut Tigers tickets
• The Connecticut Tigers announced that tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Dodd Stadium. The season opens on June 20 with a game against the Lowell Spinners, a Boston Red Sox affiliate.
Ticket prices will remain the same as last season: $20 for The Yard Bar & Grill, $10 for premium box seats, $8 for reserved boxes seats and $7 for grandstand. There is a $1 discount for people age 60 and over and age 12 and under and a $2 discount for any active military personnel with valid identification. The discounts apply to all seats except The Yard Bar & Grill. For ticket information go to cttigers.com or call (860) 887-7962.