NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Mitchell College baseball team dropped an 8-2 decision to cross-town rival Coast Guard Academy on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action.
Alex Murdoch's three-run double highlighted a six-run seventh inning for the Bears. Playing in the final home game of his career, Murdoch had a pair of hits while Will Stephens had the first four-hit game of his career as he went 4-for-4 with a double to give him 99 career hits. Luke Thompson had three hits while Alex Cordes added a pair of hits for Coast Guard (10-18 overall). The win was Coast Guard's first over Mitchell since 2013.
Lukas Caskey (2-1) started for Coast Guard and pitched 5.0 shutout innings, allowing just four hits while walking two and striking out one. Bryan Delp allowed a pair of unearned runs on three hits over the next 3.0 innings before Ben Webster pitched a scoreless ninth.
Jeff Nicolosi pitched 4.0 scoreless innings as the Mitchell starter, one of eight pitchers for the Mariners (21-7 overall). Connor Dulin (0-1) allowed a run in the fifth on three hits and took the loss.
Stephens got the Bears on the board with an RBI single in the fifth for a 1-0 lead. In the six-run seventh, Thompson drove in the first run with and infield RBI single before Murdoch's bases-clearing double to center pushed the lead to 5-0. The Bears scored their sixth run on error before Dylan Roberts' RBI single gave the Bears a 7-0 lead in the seventh.
Eric Marriott had two of Mitchell's six hits on the day.
Mitchell will next play at Lesley University on Tuesday, April 24.