Baseball Team Drops First Game of the Season to Keene in Extra Innings

Kyle LeBlanc reached base four times on Thursday against Keene
Kyle LeBlanc reached base four times on Thursday against Keene

AVON PARK, Fla. - The Bowdoin College baseball team dropped its first game of the spring, 4-3, in 11 innings to Keene State on Thursday afternoon.

The Polar Bears fall to 4-1 on the season while the Owls improve to 5-7 on the year.

Bowdoin took a 3-0 lead in the third frame when Kyle LeBlanc scored on a passed ball, John Lefeber brought home Duncan Taylor with a sac fly and Dan Findley came home on an error. Keene rallied to knot the game with single runs in the fourth, seventh and eighth innings, tying the contest on a passed ball in the eighth frame that forced extra innings.

Keene then plated the game-winning run in the 11th on an error to take the 4-3 win.

The loss spoiled another quality start by a Bowdoin pitcher as Erik Jacobsen went 7.0 innings, permitting two earned runs and striking out six in a no-decision. Lefeber went 3.1 innings in relief to take the loss.

Kyle LeBlanc reached base four times, including three hits and a walk. He doubled and also had a stolen base. Dan Findley had two hits for Bowdoin.

The Polar Bears will return to action with a doubleheader on Friday against MCLA.