Southern Maine Takes Early Lead, Holds Off Baseball in Non-Conference Win

Kyle LeBlanc and Erik Jacobsen each had a pair of hits in Tuesday's loss
Kyle LeBlanc and Erik Jacobsen each had a pair of hits in Tuesday's loss

GORHAM, Maine - The Bowdoin College baseball team fell to 16th-ranked Southern Maine, 9-4, on Tuesday afternoon.

The Polar Bears fall to 22-12 this season. The Huskies, who record their second win of the season over Bowdoin, move to 30-6 on the year.

Sam Dexter, Nick Grady and Troy Thibodeau all collected two hits for USM. LeBlanc and Chris Nadeau both reached base three times for Bowdoin, who went 3-16 with runners in scoring position in the loss.

The Huskies jumped ahead with a three-run first inning sparked by a two-run double from Nick Grady. With runners on second and third and two outs in the top of the second, Kyle LeBlanc plated Luke Regan with a single up the middle. Bowdoin just missed cutting into the lead further as Erik Jacobsen was tagged out at the plate to end the frame.

USM added two more runs in their side of the second on a sac fly from Anthony Pisani and a run-scoring groundout by Tucker White to make it 5-1. Bowdoin replied with a single run in the top of the third when John Lefeber doubled and came home later in the inning on a ground ball double play.

Southern Maine tacked on four more runs over the next four innings to extend the lead to 9-2. Matt Verrier delivered the big blow - a two run home run in the eighth - that put the contest out of reach. Bowdoin scored twice in the ninth inning when they packed the bases with walks before getting RBI ground outs from Lefeber and Tim McGarry.

Shyler Scates scattered 10 Bowdoin hits over six innings, striking out two for the win. Henry Van Zant took the loss for the Polar Bears after permitting five earned runs over seven innings of work with three strikeouts.

Bowdoin will close out its regular season on Saturday, May 4, with a home doubleheader against Middlebury beginning at noon.