2018-04-16 / Sports

Polar Bears bag Trinity

The Times Record

BRUNSWICK

The Bowdoin College softball team picked up its fifth consecutive NESCAC victory after holding off a late Trinity charge for a 4-2 Eastern series opening win.

With the win, Bowdoin reached the 20-win plateau for the 12th consecutive year under coach Ryan Sullivan. The streak is the second longest of any NESCAC program, second only to Tufts.

Bowdoin got on the board in the bottom of the first. Lauren O’Shea waited on second after tagging a double to right-center field and quickly came around to score on a Caroline Rice single.

The Polar Bears put up three more runs in the second inning. Capitalizing on several infield misplays, Maddie Rouhana came around to score after a leadoff walk. Jordan Gowdy added an RBI single and O’Shea sent a sacrifice fly to center.

Gowdy made a sliding catch on a Michelle Treglia’s falling fly to center, ending the fifth.

Trinity mounted a rally with its final at-bat as Samantha Witmer led off with a long double to right. Nicole Towner followed up with an RBI double to the same spot. Jenna Thomas came in to pinch it and drove in a final Bantams run with a single to left. The Polar Bears ended the game as a passed ball gave Thomas a window to steal home, only to see Claire McCarthy find Ruby Siltanen for the tag.

Kate Hoadley pitched 6 1/3 innings for the Polar Bears, allowing five hits with four strikeouts. Siltanen earned the game’s final two outs with a strikeout and no hits allowed.

Rachael Smith pitched a complete game for Trinity, surrendering six hits while fanning four.

O’Shea went 2-for-2 at the plate and was the only batter for either team with multiple hits.

Bowdoin swept Saturday’s doubleheader, finishing the weekend with a 22-7 mark, including 7-2 in the NESCAC’s Eastern Division. Trinity fell to 12-9, 3-3 in the NESCAC.

The Polar Bears captured a 3-1 win in the opener and won the nightcap, 5-4.

Gowdy earned a leadoff walk in the bottom of the first and came around to score on a Caroline Rice single to right center, giving the Polar Bears a 1-0 lead in the first game.

The second and third innings were one-two-three innings for both sides and Bowdoin retired Trinity in the top of the fourth. Backto back doubles by McCarthy and Natalie Edwards put another run on the board for the Polar Bears.

Rice added another RBI single in the fifth, plating Ali Miller.

Allison Rutz pitched a complete game, allowing five hits while notching eight strikeouts with just one walk.

Rice stepped up early in the second game, launching a two-run home run in the first for a quick 2-0 Bowdoin lead. Rice drove in two more runs in the fifth. McCarthy added another RBI, doubling to drive in Rutz.

Siltanen allowed five hits with three strikeouts in the start. Hoadley came in to close out the game, fanning a pair.

Bowdoin hosts Bates on Friday at 4 p.m.

Baseball

Bowdoin and Tufts split a closely-fought doubleheader at a chilly Pickard Field on Saturday afternoon, with the Polar Bears claiming game one, 4-3, before the Jumbos took the decisive third game of the series, 4-2.

The Polar Bears stand at 10-12 (4-5 NESCAC), while the Jumbos moved to 12-10 (3-3 NESCAC).

In the opener, Bowdoin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Joe Gentile started the scoring for the Polar Bears, singling through the left side, and driving in Eric Mah. Jack Wilhoite drove in a pair of runs as he singled to the left corner.

Mah added to the lead in the fourth, tagging an RBI single to center.

Casey Santos-Ocampo put Tufts on the board in the sixth, singling through the left side to bring home Malcolm Nachmanoff, trimming the Bowdoin lead to 4-1. Tufts drew closer in its final at-bat in the seventh, getting two-out RBIs from John Moschella and Nick Falkson to cut the lead to 4-3.

With runners on first and third, Wilhoite forced a pop-up from Nachmanoff for the final out to preserve the win.

Colby Lewis pitched well for Bowdoin in the win, going four innings and allowing three hits and no earned runs. Wilhoite earned the save with three innings of relief.

Brent Greely took the loss for Tufts, permitting three earned runs over six frames.

In the nightcap, Tufts jumped on Bowdoin in the first inning as Tommy O’Hara tripled home Elias Varinos just two batters into the game. John Moschella followed with a run-scoring single to give Tufts a 2-0 lead.

Tufts starter Spencer Langdan made that stand until the eighth inning, when Bowdoin put runners on first and second with two out. Gentile reached on an error, allowing pinch runner Owen Gideon-Murphy to come home to score. Colby Joncas followed that with an RBI single, scoring James McCarthy to knot the score at 2-2.

Tufts answered with two runs in the top of the ninth to earn the win.

On Friday, Tufts rolled to a 10-0 win behind pitcher R.J. Hall, who surrendered just one hit through seven shutout innings.

O’Hara lifted a grand-slam home run in the first inning for the Jumbos for a quick 4- 0 lead. Tufts tacked on five runs in the ninth.

Bowdoin starter Max Vogel-Freedman went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs with five strikeouts.

Wilhoite and Mah had a single each for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin heads to Thomas College today at 4 p.m.

Track

The Polar Bears hosted the Bowdoin Invitational on Friday.

The Bowdoin women receive top finishes from Brittney McKinney (200- meter run), Claire Traum (800), Sarah Kelley (1,500), Brigid Greed (5,000) and Sara Ory (400).

In the field events, Bowdoin got first-place showings from Belinda Saint Louis (discus), Stefanie Mueller (hammer throw) and Leah Matari (javelin).

The men’s meet saw Bowdoin get first-place showings from Yaw Sekyere (100), Owen Tuck (200), Jack Moynihan (400), Conor Donahue (800), Vincent Dong (1,500), Sean MacDonald (5,000), Nathaniel Kent (110 hurdles) and Alan Banks (400 hurdles). Field event wins came from Reid Brawer (long jump), Brian Greenberg (triple jump), Ajeya Balasubramanyam (shot put) and John Pietro (hammer throw).

Men’s tennis

Bowdoin rallied to defeat Brandeis on Friday before losing its first match of the season on Saturday at Middlebury in action this weekend.

The second-ranked Polar Bears dropped to 12-1 this season. Brandeis is ranked 17th in the latest Division III poll while Middlebury stands sixth.

Against Brandeis, the Polar Bears dug themselves a hole in doubles action before battling back to defeat the Judges, 6-3. The No. 1 doubles pairing of Luke Tercek/ Grant Urken won an 8-3 decision to give the Polar Bears life heading into singles action.

From there, Bowdoin won four straight-set singles matches to seal the win, from Urken (6-1, 7-6), Tercek (7-5, 6-3), Gil Roddy (6-4, 6-1) and Justin Patel (6-3, 6-2). Kyle Wolfe capped the day with a three-set win at No. 3, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

However, Bowdoin struggled from the start against Middlebury, falling behind 3- 0 after doubles as the Panthers captured an 8-1 win.

Roddy/Patel played the closest doubles match, falling 9-8 at No. 3. In singles play, Roddy earned the lone point for Bowdoin, taking a 7-5, 6-1 win at No. 5.

Bowdoin returns to Maine for a mid-week match against Colby on Thursday afternoon in Brunswick (4 p.m.).

Women’s tennis

Bowdoin suffered a pair of losses against MIT and Middlebury on Friday and Saturday.

The 14th-ranked Polar Bears fell to 7-9 on the season. MIT is ranked 13th in the country and Middlebury sits at fourth.

Viv Daniel and Rachel Bercovitch picked up an 8-3 win at No. 2 doubles. Daniel turned around and fought back for a three-set win at five (2-6, 6-1, 6-3).

Sasa Jovanovic earned Bowdoin’s third point of the day at No. 6, winning in straight sets (6-3, 6-1).

Against Middlebury, Jovanovic continued her successful year at six, picking up another straight set victory in a 6-1, 6-1 final.

Izzy Essi forced a tiebreaker after going down 6-3 in the first set and winning the second 7-6 (7-4). Essi fell 10-6 in the tiebreaker.

Bowdoin plays at Colby on Wednesday, beginning at 4 p.m.

Men’s lacrosse

Bowdoin failed overcome a third-quarter drought in a 12-8 setback at Wesleyan University on Saturday.

The Polar Bears fell to 8-4 (4-4 NESCAC), while the Cardinals improved to 10-2 (7-1 NESCAC).

The teams traded goals in the first period as Brett Kujala and Shawn Daly gave the Polar Bears a 2-0 lead before Wesleyan answered with consecutive goals by Ronan Jacoby.

The Cardinals used a 3-0 run to take the lead in the second quarter before goals by Daly and Kujala stemmed the tide. Wesleyan carried a 7-4 lead into the half thanks to a goal by Taylor Ghesquiere with 12 seconds left in the period.

Bowdoin went scoreless in the third quarter as the Cardinals scored twice and extended their lead with the first two goals of the fourth quarter, holding an 11-4 lead with under 12 minutes to play.

Bowdoin rolled off a 5-1 run over the final 10:43, but it proved to be too late as the Cardinals held on for the win.

Daly had four goals and an assist for the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin will look to rebound this upcoming Saturday as it hosts Williams on Ryan Field at 1 p.m.

Women’s lacrosse

The Polar Bears mounted a furious second-half rally to stun Wesleyan, 13-11 on Senior Day Saturday at Ryan Field.

Bowdoin (10-3, 5-3 NESCAC), which trailed by four goals with under 20 minutes remaining, outscored the Cardinals (8-5, 4-4 NESCAC), 9-3 over the final 18:45 to pick up an important conference victory.

Wesleyan controlled the first half thanks in great part to the play of goaltender Allegra Grant, who made five first-half saves. After the teams traded opening goals, the Cardinals outscored the Polar Bears 6- 1 over the final 19:20 of the opening period to carry a 7-3 lead into intermission. Abigail Horst sparked the surge with three goals in the first period.

After the squads traded goals to open the second period, Wesleyan held an 8-4 edge with 21:15 to go following an Abby Manning goal. Bowdoin used a quick 4-0 surge over a span of 4:29 to draw even, with Hannah Hirschfeld scoring twice in the run.

Wesleyan regained the lead on two occasions, at 9-8 and 10-9, and still owned a one-goal lead with under eight minutes to go. Kate McAloon tied the game at 10- 10 with 7:35 remaining, and, following a draw control by Katie Miller, Hirschfeld gave Bowdoin the lead for good just 32 seconds later. The Polar Bears stretched their lead on goals by Eliza Denious and Hirschfeld with under five minutes to go to seal the win.

The Polar Bears head to Williams for their next game this upcoming Saturday at noon.

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