WELLESLEY, Mass. -- United States Coast Guard Academy junior pitcher Hayley Feindel (River Ridge, La.) tossed a pair of shutouts to lead the 12th-ranked Bears to a double-header sweep of Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball action on Sunday afternoon. Coast Guard (14-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) won by scores of 7-0 and 1-0 in the two contests, which were played on the campus of Wellesley College.
Babson saw its record fall to 7-9 overall and 0-2 in the conference, with six of the team's losses coming against nationally-ranked opponents. Three of those contests have been decided by a single run.
Coast Guard scored in each of the first four innings of game one, beginning with a leadoff homer by first-year Devin Fellman (New Port Richey, Fla.) in the top of the first - the first round-tripper of her collegiate career. First-year Kaitlin Ward (Saline, Mich.) then doubled and later scored on a sac fly by sophomore Stacia Sarwinski (Grove, Okla.) in the second, and sophomore Holli Bastinck (Wayne, N.J.) doubled in junior Maddie Buchert (Metaire, La.) to make it 3-0 in the third.
The Bears broke the game open with three runs in the top of the fourth, all coming with two outs. Fellman drove in sophomore Megan Cook (Virginia Beach, Ca.) with the first run and, after a single by Buchert, senior Amanda Frederick (Lebabon, Ohio) plated two more with a single to center. Coast Guard completed the scoring two innings later, when Frederick walked and later scored on an RBI-fielder's choice by Sarwinski to finish off the 7-0 win.
Feindel was magnificent in the opener for the Bears, allowing just three hits, walking none and striking out eight to earn the shutout win. The only hits she allowed were a single by Babson senior captain Jess Winer (Longmeadow, Mass.) in the second, a single by sophomore Jackie Enos (Taunton, Mass.) in the third, and a double to right by junior captain Nicole Latini (East Bridgewater, Mass.) in the fourth. The Beavers' only other baserunner came on an infield error on a line drive by junior Lisa Wojnar (Bellaire, Texas) in the fifth. Babson batters were 0-for-8 with runners aboard against Feindel in the contest.
First-year Tess Rubega (Norwich, Conn.) started and went four innings for the Beavers, allowing six runs and striking out one. Classmate Christina Miquel (Emerson, N.J.) came on in relief and pitched the final three innings, giving up one run on four hits and fanning a pair.
Game two featured a brilliant pitchers' duel between Feindel and Babson sophomore Megan Brain (Pompton Plains, N.J.), who gave up just one run on seven hits in seven innings. However, Feindel continued to baffle the Beavers in the nightcap, firing a five-hit shutout with just two walks and 11 strikeouts. The win improved her record to a perfect 14-0 on the year, while Brain saw her record fall to 3-3.
The Bears scored the only run of game two in the top of the first inning, with Fellman once again serving as the catalyst when she drew a leadoff walk. Buchert then moved her to third with a sacrifice bunt and Frederick drove her in with a sharply hit single to right-center.
Unlike in the opener, Babson would have its chances against Feindel in game two, loading the bases with two outs in the fourth and putting runners at the corners with one away in the fifth. However, the Bears' ace righthander pitched her way out of trouble in both frames and then retired six of the game's final seven batters - including six on strikeouts - to complete the 1-0 victory.
Sophomore Catie Funk (Scarborough, Maine) had two of Babson's five hits in game two, while junior Kayla Davis (Gardner, Mass.) added her first double of the spring.