BRUNSWICK, Maine - Behind stellar pitching performances from Henry Van Zant and Christian Martin, the Bowdoin College baseball team completed a three-game sweep of Bates on Saturday afternoon.
The Polar Bears took game one, 6-2, before earning a 10-1 win in the nightcap. Bowdoin improves 12-9 (4-2 NESCAC) with the wins while Bates drops to 8-8 (2-4 NESCAC).
Van Zant tossed a complete game in the opener, allowing no earned runs and striking out five while permitting just four hits in the victory. Bowdoin carried a 2-1 lead into the top of the fifth when an RBI ground out by Kevin Davis plated Griff Tewksbury to tie the score. Bowdoin replied in the bottom of the frame with a two-run single by Luke Regan to take the lead for good. Bowdoin added two insurance runs in the sixth to seal the win. Brad Reynolds had a solid start for Bates, going four innings and permitting one earned run before giving way to Michael Spinner, who took the loss by allowing three earned runs in 1.2 frames of relief.
Regan went 2-3 with three RBI in the opener to lead the Bowdoin offense. Ryan Sonberg went 2-4 with a run scored for Bates.
Bowdoin scored four times in the first three innings of game two to take an early advantage. After a first inning RBI groundout by Duncan Taylor, John Lefeber laced a two-run single in the second and Regan knocked home another RBI on a fielder's choice in the third. That proved to be all Martin would need, as the southpaw allowed just four hits and struck out 10 over seven innings of work. Bates scored their lone run in the top of the fifth when Sonberg delivered a run-scoring single. But Bowdoin replied with a five-run sixth, highlighted by a two-run double by Tim McGarry, to put the contest out of reach.
Dean Bonneau took the loss for Bates by permitting four earned runs over the first three innings. McGarry went 4-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Oliver Van Zant went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored as the Polar Bears stole seven bases in the victory.
Bowdoin will return to action Monday at home against St. Joseph's. Bates will return to action next Saturday at Becker.