wport Gulls remained the only undefeated team in the New England Collegiate Baseball league as outfielders Kasey Coffman and Yale Rosen each hit three-run homeruns, as the Gulls won their fourth straight contest, 11-2, over the Sanford Mainers at Cardines Field on Friday, June 15.
Coffman, who finished the night 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBI out of the lead off spot, blasted a three-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Newport an 8-1 lead. Rosen’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning gave Newport an 11-1 victory and ended any hope of a Mainer comeback.
“I thought it was going to go off the top of the fence,” said Rosen, who went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and four RBI in the victory.
Sanford struck first, plating a run in the top of the first inning, but the Gulls offense responded with 11 unanswered runs to record the win. With the victory, the Gulls improved to 4-0 on the young season, while Sanford fell to 2-5 with the loss.
Middletown native Frank Holbrook (1-0) started for the Gulls, pitching five solid innings, allowing just one run on five hits with four strikeouts and zero walks to pick up the victory in his Newport debut. Reliever Brett Graves tossed the remaining four innings to pick up his first save of the season, allowing just one run on two hits with one walk and four strikeouts.
Nate Jones (0-2) took the loss for the Mainers, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits with four walks and one strikeout in just four plus innings of work.
Newport will put their four-game winning streak on the line against the Laconia Muskrats on Saturday, June 16. Mitch Horacek will make his first start of the season for the Gulls, who return home to Cardines Field on Monday, June 18 to face the Muskrats for the second time in three days.
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