Hadden's Hot Bat Not Enough For Baseball In 15-14 Loss To Bears

Hadden's Hot Bat Not Enough For Baseball In 15-14 Loss To Bears

THE BASICS
Final Score:
Coast Guard 15, Dean College 14
Records: Coast Guard (15-14), Dean College (8-21)
Location: Longley Field, Franklin, Mass.
Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 3:00 PM

THE LEAD:
Brian Hadden (Newburyport, Mass.) tied an NCAA single-game high this season by going 6-for-6 at the plate but it wasn't enough, as host Dean College dropped a non-league affair with Coast Guard, 15-14, on Thursday afternoon.

The game itself was a wild one, with the Bulldogs trailing by six runs at one point, rallying to tie the game, only to fall in the end.

Hadden's mark is tied with nine other Division III student-athletes from across the country who have recorded six hits in a game this season.

HOW IT HAPPENED:
The game was tied at 1-1 following an RBI double from Hadden in the first and when Landon Fish (New Port Richey, Fla.) drove in Hadden with an RBI single, the Bulldogs were in front 2-1.

Ahead 3-1 after a Giuseppe Casabianca (Yonkers, N.Y.) sacrifice fly in the second, Coast Guard tied the game in the top of the third and then went in front, 9-3 in the fourth.

Hadden sliced the lead down some when he drove in two more runs in the fifth on a single to left, making the score, 9-5.

The Bears answered right back with an RBI double from Luke Thompson and then a two-run blast to left by Jake Behne.

Trailing 12-5, Dean rallied over the next three innings, beginning with a Corey Karnila (Raritan, N.J.) RBI double in the fifth. Jeff Sharnick (Stratford, Conn.) and Fish drove in runs in the sixth and then Coast Guard's defense brought in a few more.

Finally, in the seventh, Sharnick drove in Hadden, who reached on his second double of the day, to even the score at 12-12.

The Bears quickly went back in front in the eight with a single run and then they tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the ninth.

Dean got those two runs back in the ninth when Andrew Dirito (Plymouth, Mass.) delivered a two-run double, to make the game 15-14 with the game-tying run in scoring position but the Bears were able to escape with the win.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Among Hadden's hits were four singles and a pair of doubles and he even stole a base to add to his totals.

Meanwhile, the Bears' Behne had a stellar day as well, going 3-for-5 with a double, a homerun and five RBI and Thompson was 4-for-5 with four runs scored.

UP NEXT:
The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday when they host Newbury College in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) action beginning at 12:00 PM.