MEDFORD, Mass. - The Bowdoin College baseball team shut out Tufts, 4-0, in the opener of Saturday's twinbill in Massachusetts, clinching a bid to the 2013 NESCAC Baseball Tournament.
The Polar Bears (22-11, 8-4 NESCAC), who dropped game two to the Jumbos, 6-1, qualify as the second seed out of the NESCAC's Eastern Division and will open the NESCAC Tournament on Friday, May 10 at the NESCAC Western Division's top seed, Wesleyan. More details on the championship will be available next week. Tufts (21-11, 7-5 NESCAC) needed a sweep of its weekend series with the Polar Bears to earn a spot in the tourney.
Southpaw Christian Martin was the story in game one, as Bowdoin's starter did not allow a hit until the fifth inning and finished his 5.2 innings of work allowing just two singles, with seven strikeouts and no earned runs. The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth when the Polar Bear broke through on a run-scoring single from Tim McGarry that scored Kyle LeBlanc to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. Bowdoin tacked on three runs in the sixth frame with RBI singles from Sam Canales, Duncan Taylor and a double-steal of home by Canales to make it a 4-0 game. Henry Van Zant worked out of a jam in the sixth and closed out the game by striking out the side in the seventh to seal the win.
Tufts starter Christian Sbily stymied the Bowdoin bats in game two, tossing a complete game and allowing one earned runs on six hits with nine strikeouts. Dan Findley doubled to open the fourth inning and eventually came around to score on a Canales groundout to give Bowdoin an early 1-0 edge. But Tufts answered with two runs in the seventh to take the lead. Tom Mitropoulis laced an RBI single and then came around to score on a groundout later in the frame to give the hosts a 2-1 edge. The Jumbos scored four runs in the eighth to put the game out of reach, with the big blow coming on a two-run single by Connor McDavitt. Drew LoRusso took the loss in relief for Bowdoin. Starter Erik Jacobsen tossed five strong innings of no-hit ball before giving way to the bullpen.
The Polar Bears will play a Tuesday non-conference game at Southern Maine before returning to Pickard Field for a Senior Day doubleheader Saturday against Middlebury. Tufts will return to action on Monday at Eastern Connecticut.