Baseball Drops NEWMAC Series Opener with Coast Guard

Shane Sampson

New London, CT --- Sophomore Nate Toll (Onley, MD) scattered seven hits over eight scoreless innings and classmate Tyler Vieira (Dumfries, VA) registered his school-record fifth save of the season leading Coast Guard to a 3-0 win over WPI in a NEWMAC baseball contest on Friday.

Toll allowed just seven singles while walking two and striking out five to run his scoreless innings streak to 17 and improve to 5-1 on the season. Toll, the reigning NEWMAC Co-Pitcher of the Week, fired a two-hit shutout vs. MIT in his last outing.

Coast Guard scored the only run it would need in the first on an RBI single by sophomore Tyler Babkiewich (Golden, CO) scoring junior Eddie Kalankiewicz (San Diego, CA) who singled and stole second.

The Bears added a run in the third on and RBI single by senior Graham Sherman (Richmond, VA) before closing the scoring with a single run in the seventh as sophomore Joe Petry (Worcester, MA) led off with a single, advanced two bases on an errant throw on a pickoff and scored on a wild pitch.

Vieira worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up his single-season school-record fifth save as the Bears improved to 16-10 overall and tied WPI with a 6-6 NEWMAC record. WPI is now 10-15 overall. Matt Smith held the single-season school record with four saves set in 2003. Vieira is now tied with Smith for the career mark of seven saves.

Sherman, Kalankiewicz and sophomore Ed Sella (Silver Spring, MD) each had two hits to lead Coast Guard while sophomore Shane Sampson (Worcester, MA) had a pair of hits for WPI.

Junior Eric Johnson (Rutland, MA) (0-4) took the loss as worked 6 2/3 innings allowing eight hits, three runs -- two earned, while walking two and striking out two.

The teams will play a doubleheader tomorrow at Wachusett High School in Massachusetts at noon to wrap-up the three game series.

Release Courtesy Coast Guard Sports Information