MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Bowdoin College baseball team split a doubleheader with Middlebury on Saturday, taking a 5-2 win in game one before falling 2-1 in the second game. The Panthers (14-17) wrap-up their season on Sunday at Tufts, while the Polar Bears (22-16) host Suffolk in their regular season finale before opening play at the NESCAC Tournament next Friday.
In game one, Beau Breton and Kyle LeBlanc singled in the third for Bowdoin, before being plated by a two-run single to center by John Lefeber. Alex Kelly and Zach Roeder got things going for Middlebury with a pair of singles. Matt Wassel drove in Michael Morris with a sacrifice fly to right, while Roeder later scored on an error to tie the game at 2-2.
Lefeber led off the fifth inning with a double down the left field line for the Polar Bears. Jordan Edgett followed with a double to center to score Lefeber and give Bowdoin a 3-2 lead. RBI singles by Luke Regan and Oliver VanZant made it a 5-2 game in favor of the Polar Bears.
That was all Tim Welch would need as he improved to 4-1 with the complete game victory. Welch allowed six hits and one earned run, while striking out four. Michael Joseph (1-5) took the loss for Middlebury, while Andy Dittrich kept his ERA at 0.00 with a pair of scoreless innings in relief.
Lefeber finished 2-4 with a double and two RBI for Bowdoin, as seven different players had hits in the game. Dylan Sinnickson was the only multiple-hit Panther, going 2-3.
Middlebury's Logan Mobley threw a complete game in the night cap, striking out six and allowing just two hits over seven innings of work to improve to 3-0. Lefeber moved to 1-3 with the complete game loss, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts.
Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Regan's single to right scored Edgett who had walked. The Panthers tied the game in the bottom of the frame when Morris hit his second homer of the year, a bomb to left field.
The game-winning run came in the bottom of the fifth inning when Wassel led off with a single to left. Will Baine sacrificed Wassel to second and with no one covering third, Wassel headed for the extra base. A wild throw to third allowed Wassel to round the base and score, giving Middlebury a 2-1 advantage they would not relinquish.
Morris finished the game 2-3 with a double and a homer for the Panthers.