HARTFORD, Conn. – The Bowdoin College baseball team split a Saturday doubleheader against host Trinity College.
The Polar Bears are now 9-8 on the season as the Bantams improve to 10-8, following a weekend of play where Bowdoin went 1-2. Trinity took the first game 8-6, while Bowdoin controlled the second with a final score of 4-1.
Trinity opened up the first inning with a pair of hits and a run. Henry Van Zant fanned the first batter he faced, before giving up a single and RBI double. The Bantams added another run in the top of the third after Alex Almeida opened the inning with a walk and stolen base. Almeida advanced to third on a passed ball, and came around to score on a single by Stephen Rogers. Almeida had an RBI single in the fourth to put Trinity on top 3-0. Bowdoin broke through when Kyle LeBlanc popped up to center field, allowing Duncan Taylor to come around and score. Trinity scored a pair in the fifth after moving runners with three singles and a double. Joe Papa had a solo home run in the sixth extending the Bantams lead to 6-1. Bowdoin scored two in the bottom of the sixth, after a double from Taylor and single from Jacobson put Bowdoin men in scoring position. Taylor came home off an error by the third baseman that allowed Oliver Van Zant to reach first. Jacobson scored following a wild pitch, halving Trinity's lead to 6-3. Bowdoin continued to apply offensive pressure with three runs in the seventh, following an opening double from Tim McGarry. Sam Canales and Taylor each had an RBI single, as Jacobson brought a runner in with a fly ball to right field to tie the game at 6-6. Trinity scored a pair of unearned runs in the eighth and Bowdoin was unable to mount a response in the bottom of the inning. The Bantams topped the Polar Bears 8-6 in the opening game.
Christian Martin pitched a complete game and allowed only one run in Bowdoin's second showing. Martin improves to 3-0 on the season. The Polar Bears wasted no time, scoring three of their four runs, in the opening inning. Oliver Van Zant and John Lefeber both scored off a double by McGarry. McGarry proceeded to steal both third and home, following a passed ball and stolen base by Jacobson. Trinity's only run of the game came in the top of the fourth off a double from M. Crowley and single by S. Cullinane. A chip to third base gave Crowley a window to come in and score, to shorten Bowdoin's lead to 3-1. Dan Findley opened the sixth with a walk and advanced to second off a sacrifice by Taylor. Stealing third on a wild pitch, Finley was able to score off a play made at first by the pitcher. Martin struck out two of the last four batters he faced in the seventh.
The Polar Bears host Southern Maine on Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 pm.