MANSFIELD, Conn. - The Bowdoin College baseball team saw its season come to an end Friday as they were eliminated by Western New England University, 7-1, in an NCAA Regional game at Eastern Connecticut State University.
The Polar Bears (26-20) end their season with the second-most wins in school history, a runner-up finish in the NESCAC Tournament, the team's second-ever NCAA Division III Tournament berth and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament victory.
After being held to seven hits in a setback against Wheaton yesterday, nearly every member of the Western New England lineup had at least one base knock, led by Matt Anthonis was 4-for-5 with two runs scored. The Golden Bears struck first in the top of the second with the early 2-0 advantage on a sacrifice fly by freshman Stephen Buckley and a RBI hit by Schult.
Bowdoin cut into the lead in the bottom of the third to make the score 2-1 on plated run with two outs by Tim McGarry, but pitcher Mark DiTommasso would not allow another run to cross the plate as he retired 12 of his next 16 batters into the eighth inning.
Western New England would score single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth to slowly built up a 5-1 advantage as they were highlighted by runs that were driven in by junior Tom Booth, Anthonis and sophomore Steve Ambrosino, respectively.
In the bottom of the eighth, DiTommasso ran out of gas when he yielded three consecutive singles to the Polar Bears lineup to load the bases with one away. Senior Mike Lawlor was called into the game from the bullpen and he promptly ended the threat with a pop-up and a strikeout.
The Golden Bears put the game out of reach with two runs in the top of the ninth on a wild pitch that brought Perun in and another RBI single by Anthonis. Bowdoin attempted one final uprising as they put two runners on base, but Lawlor slammed the door for his fifth save of the season and the school-record 22nd of his career.
DiTommaso (6-0) allowed an unearned run in 7 1/3 innings of work as he scattered nine hits to go with two punch outs and one free pass. Senior Tim Welch was dealt the setback for Bowdoin. Welch (3-4) surrendered four runs (three earned) on eight hits and he would finish with one walk and one strikeout.
First-year Henry Van Zant came back to pitch for a second-straight day to fan four over his three innings of relief work for the Polar Bears. Multi-hitters for Bowdoin included junior Oliver Van Zant and sophomore John Lefeber who both tallied two hits apiece. Both teams combined for 24 hits – none of which were for extra bases.