NEW LONDON, CONN. -- Sophomore Stacia Sarwinski’s first career home run, a two-run shot, highlighted a six-run fourth and junior All-American Hayley Feindel fired a two-hitter for her 50th career shutout as top-seeded Coast Guard earned an 8-0 five-inning win over fourth-seeded Babson in the losers’ bracket final of the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) softball tournament on Monday.
Coast Guard moves on to the championship round to take on second-seeded Springfield, the only team to beat the Bears this season. Meanwhile, Babson seeds its stellar 2011 campaign come to an end with a record of 23-19 - the Beavers' eighth consecutive season of 20 or more victories.
Feindel did not walk a batter and struck out ten moving into second place on the NCAA Division III all-time strikeouts list as she finished the game with 1,127 career strikeouts and improved to 32-2 on the season.
Sarwinski belted her first career home run, a two-run shot, to center in the fourth as the Bears extended the lead to 4-0 before freshman Devin Fellman’s RBI single made the score 5-0 and chased Babson first-year starter Christina Miquel (8-3).
Junior Maddie Buchert greeted sophomore reliever Megan Brain with a two-run double and Amanda Frederick followed with an RBI double as the Bears took an 8-0 lead.
Sophomore Holli Bastinck hit a line drive homer to left center with two outs in the first to give Coast Guard a 2-0 lead, the first earned of the tournament for the Bears.
Sophomore Catie Funk and junior captain Nicole Latini each had a single in the loss for Babson. For Funk, the performance closed out one of the greatest seasons in program history, as she ended the year with a .446 batting average - the eighth best for a Babson player and the highest with at least 100 at-bats. She hit safely in 36 of the 40 games that she played in this spring, including a 16-game hit streak at one point, and she set new single-season program records with 21 doubles and eight home runs.
NOTE: Portions of this story taken from a Coast Guard press release.