WATERVILLE, Maine - Tim McGarry tripled to lead off the top of the eighth inning and scored on a single by Luke Regan to help the Bowdoin College baseball team to a 3-2 victory over Colby College in the opening game of a doubleheader Sunday at Coombs Field.
The Polar Bears (16-9 overall, 7-2 NESCAC East) scored six runs in the top of the seventh inning thanks to three Colby errors to go on for an 8-2 victory in the nightcap.
Bowdoin's Christian Martin and Colby's Soren Hanson (Billerica, Mass.) each threw complete games in the opening contest. Martin struck out six and walked two in eight innings, while Hanson allowed just one earned run, struck out seven, and walked none.
The Polar Bears took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first in the opener. John Lefeber singled to start the contest and later scored when McGarry's single to right field was misplayed and allowed Lefeber to score all the way from first.
The Mules tied the game at 1-1 when Nathan Ellis stroked a two-out double and scored on a single by Kevin Galvin in the top of the second. Colby went ahead 2-1 in the third when Tyler Starks led off with a single and moved to second on Luke Duncklee's single. Starks moved to third on a fielder's choice and scored on a single by Ellis. The Mules left the bases loaded in the third.
Bowdoin tied the game on another unearned run when Aaron Rosen reached by error to start the fifth. He took second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Sam Canales.
Colby also took an early lead in the second game, darting out to a 2-0 lead after two innings, but Bowdoin tied the game in the top of the third inning. Lefeber walked with one out and moved to second on a single by Oliver Van Zant. After a fielder's choice forced Van Zant out at second, Lefeber scored from third on a wild pitch. McGarry, who had moved to second on the wild pitch, scored on Rosen's double.
Both pitchers worked into the seventh inning. Henry Van Zant tossed a complete game, struck out 11, and walked two. Colby's Brady Hesslein was having a solid outing until the seventh inning. He struck out five and walked two while allowing just two earned runs.
Pinch-hitter Beau Breton reached on an error to start the top of the seventh inning. Lefeber pushed him to second base with a single and Oliver Van Zant followed with a sacrifice bunt to move both runners over. The Mules intentionally walked McGarry and Hesslein was lifted for Greg Ladd. Rosen greeted him with an RBI single and then the Mules committed back-to-back errors to bring in a total of three more runs. Breton added an RBI walk in the inning.
The Polar Bears, winners of seven in a row, will return to action on Tuesday evening under the lights at Husson at 7:00 p.m.