Springfield, Mass. — The Coast Guard Academy softball team rallied from a 2-0 deficit Saturday to defeat Wellesley, 5-2, in eight innings, advancing to the losers' bracket final of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Tournament.
The Bears will play at top-seeded Springfield at noon Saturday. If Coast Guard wins, it would need to beat second-seeded Babson twice to win the championship.
Junior Holli Bastinck's two-run single highlighted a three-run eighth inning for the Bears (23-17).
The Bears eliminated Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 4-0, earlier in the day. Pitcher Hayley Feindel moved into second place on the NCAA Division III career wins list, earning the 119th win of her career, one shy of tying the Division III record.
Feindel also set the Division III record with 149 career starts.
In other games:
• Mitchell College closed out the regular season with a doubleheader sweep of Becker in the New England Collegiate Conference, winning the opener 4-2 and the second game 10-1.
Mitchell (19-13, 16-2) hosts Becker in the NECC tournament Tuesday. Marissa Thomas (9-7) pitched a six-hitter with six strikeouts and one walk in the opener and Stacey Suplicki had three hits for Mitchell.
In the second game, Tricia Tomaselli (9-6) pitched a six-hitter with five strikeouts and one walk, Lindsey Romagnine drove in four runs and Tiffany Person scored three times.
• Mystic's Arielle Cooper extended her school-record hitting streak to 28 game as Eastern Connecticut State swept a Little East doubleheader from Southern Maine, winning both games 9-0. Cooper, a junior third baseman out of Fitch, doubled and homered in the first game and had two singles in the second game.
• UConn-Avery Point split a doubleheader with the Community College of Rhode Island, leaving the Pointers on the road for the NJCAA Division II Tournament. Avery Point (28-14) will play a best-of-three series at CCRI Friday, Saturday and Monday, May 7, if necessary.
Avery Point lost the first game, 3-2, and won the second game, 9-2.
In the second game, Alex Roger pitched a complete-game, four-hitter. Mike Habzda had three hits and two runs scored and Matt Martinez hit a bases-loaded double for the Pointers. Tyler Olt had two RBI in the first game for Avery Point.
• Mitchell swept a NECC doubleheader from Southern Vermont, winning each game on walk-off hits. Evan Peck scored on a wild pitch in the seventh for a 7-6 win in the opener and Tommy Derosier's sacrifice fly in the 10th inning gave Mitchell a 6-5 win in the second game. Waterford's Gavin LaLima had two hits in each game for Mitchell (9-18, 8-9).
• Louisville beat UConn 14-6 in the Big East. L.J. Mazzilli had three hits for UConn (23-20, 11-6).
• Emily Trudeau won the shot put (11.44 meters) as Coast Guard placed seventh at the NEWMAC Championship meet at Smith College. Kyle Sutschek added a second in the discus (37.38 meters) for the Bears, who finished with 42 points (MIT won with 208).
Beth Gollin (1,500) and Kendall Auth (5,000) added sevenths and Abby Bishop (100 hurdles) an eighth for CGA, while two relay teams placed seventh - the 4x100 team of Brandy Lowary, Elizabeth Baumsteiger, Julia Mundy and Natasha Hope and the 4x400 relay of Baumsteiger, Maddie Ede, Annie Schneider and Sarah Hohenberger.
• Conn College finished ninth out of 11 teams at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championship at Bates.
Samantha Pevear was fourth in the discus, with a personal best 123-6. Conn's Sara Gildersleeve was sixth in the 100, also with a personal best at 12.54.
• Kevin O'Brien and Will Baker earned sll-conference honors with a second-place finishes at the NEWMAC meet.
O'Brien was second in the 10,000 (32.17.98) and Baker was second in the discus (44.32 meters).
In addition, Jordan Lee was fourth in the 800, Joe Hill was sixth in the 5,000, John-Anthony Ceruti placed fourth in the 400 hurdles and sixth in the 110 hurdles, Stephen Horvath placed fifth in the 3,000 steeplechase and the 4x400 relay team of Kelcey Smith, Lee, Joe Kelly and Ben Hannon took third. MIT won the title with 267 points and CGA had 81.
• Conn College sophomore Mike LeDuc finishing second at the NESCAC Championship at Bates.
LeDuc finished with a time of 9:17.85 as Conn finished ninth out of 11 teams with 19 points.
Boris Jeremic was fifth in the high jump and Conn's distance medley relay team of Andrew Duarte, Geoff Phaneuf, Tristan Cole and LeDuc also finished fifth.
• Clark University defeated Coast Guard, 5-4, in the second semifinal match of the NEWMAC tournament. Greg Mitchell and Nick Martin won in doubles for the Bears (11-6), while Blake Maurer and Josh Fischer also won.
• Top-seeded Mitchell College won its fourth consecutive NECC title, 7-2 over second-seeded Regis College. Mitchell junior Rocco Devona of Waterford was named Tournament Most Valuable Player after contributing wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles. He finished the tournament with a combined 4-0 record in both singles and doubles play.