BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin baseball team concluded their regular season with a split against Middlebury in a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon.
Middlebury shut out the Polar Bears, 2-0, in the opening game of the series before Bowdoin battled back with a 9-0 victory in game two. Bowdoin concludes the regular season with a 23-13 record, while the Panthers carry a 10-18 mark. The Polar Bears extended their season by qualifying for the NESCAC tournament that will be played next weekend at Wesleyan.
The Panthers scored quickly in the first inning to take the 1-0 lead. Dylan Sinnickson doubled to leadoff for Middlebury before a single up the middle by Thomas Driscoll scored the runner from second. Bowdoin looked to break through in the bottom of the third as back-to-back singles from John Lefeber and Tim McGarry gave the Polar Bears two runners. McGarry and Lefeber both advanced into scoring position off a long fly ball by Dan Findley, but were left on base as Middlebury forced the third out of the inning. After allowing a run in the first, Erik Jacobsen retired the Panthers' lineup in order for three straight innings. Sinnickson hit his second double of the game to begin the sixth for Middlebury and quickly advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Michael Morris drove in the Panthers second run of the game, which ended the scoring for both sides with Middlebury shutting out Bowdoin 2-0.
Eric Truss earned the win for Middlebury with a full game performance. Truss allowed four hits scattered over seven innings, while walking three and striking out four. Jacobsen pitched a complete game for Bowdoin, giving up five hits and two earned runs. In seven innings, he struck out six and walked two.
Bowdoin's pitching staff combined for seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, in the second game of the afternoon. Harry Ridge started on the mound for the Polar Bears and pitched five clean innings. The Polar Bear offense quickly found its rhythm in the bottom of the first as a two out double by Luke Regan drove in a pair of runs. The 2-0 lead carried into the third, before Bowdoin tacked on another three runs. With McGarry on first, Aaron Rosen hit an RBI double to center. The bases loaded, Sam Canales knocked out a two run single to go ahead 5-0. Bowdoin extended the lead to six in the fourth inning off another Rosen single. Bowdoin closed out the afternoon with a three run sixth. With Lefeber on third, Rosen sent ball to the second baseman who mishandled the play and allowed the runner to score. Regan followed up with a single that put Bowdoin runners on first and second. Findley crushed a ball into right center, scoring a pair of runs, and earned himself a stand up triple. The pitching staff retired Middlebury's lineup to close out the game.
The Polar Bears travel to Wesleyan for their first game of the NESCAC playoffs on Friday with a 3:00 p.m. start. The two teams never met during the regular season. Middlebury will hosts Tufts tomorrow afternoon beginning at 12:30 p.m. in a non-conference doubleheader.