WINTER HAVEN, Fla. - The Bowdoin College baseball team returned to its winning ways on Friday, sweeping Mass. College of Liberal Arts in a doubleheader.
The Polar Bears took the opener 3-2 before earning a 5-0 win in the nightcap. Bowdoin stands at 6-1 overall this spring. MCLA is 1-7 after the pair of losses.
Trailing 2-1 in the bottom of the fifth in game one, Bowdoin scored a single run to tie the game on a Kyle LeBlanc single that scored Timothy McGarry. In the sixth inning, McGarry took a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded to put the Polar Bears on top. LeBlanc scored Bowdoin's first run of the game on a double-steal in the first inning.
Christian Martin took a no-decision after allowing one earned run and striking out eight in four innings of work. Dave Bernstein took the win in relief while Mike Levine earned the save.
First-year Harry Ridge posted his second-straight impressive showing by tossing six shutout innings on the way to a victory in game two. The rookie struck out seven and walked none, allowing just two hits.
Bowdoin scored all the runs it would need in the fifth when Matt Savard blasted a solo homer and Duncan Taylor dropped down a squeeze bunt to score Michael Staes. Dan Findley later knocked home an RBI single and the Polar Bears scored twice on wild pitches in the sixth to seal the win. John Lefeber and Stephen Girolamo had two hits each in the win.
Bowdoin will enjoy an off-day Saturday before returning to the diamond Sunday for a doubleheader against nationally-ranked Ramapo.