May 10, 2013

Baseball Looks to Claim First NESCAC Championship This Weekend

BRUNSWICK, Maine – The Bowdoin College baseball team will look to win its first NESCAC title as it opens the conference tournament this Friday afternoon against Wesleyan University.

The Polar Bears (23-13, 8-4 NESCAC) earned the second seed out of the NESCAC's East Division and will face the West's top seed Wesleyan (23-13-1, 9-3 NESCAC) at 2:30 p.m. in the opening round of the double-elimination tournament.

All games will be available to follow online via livestats. Games at the Wesleyan site will be video streamed. Links are available above.

Bowdoin holds the longest active streak with four straight appearances in the NESCAC championship. The Polar Bears have finished as the runner-up in each of thepast three years and are searching for their first conference title. Bowdoin put together a 12-game win streak earlier this season and holds a 3-1 all-time record against Amherst in the conference championship. All three of those wins have come in the past two years.

The Polar Bears boast three of the top pitchers in the conference this season. Oliver Van Zant and Henry Van Zant, along with Christian Martin all have an ERA under 3.00. Oliver Van Zant (3-1) has posted a 1.12 ERA with a NESCAC-best 54 strikeouts in seven starts. Henry Van Zant (5-1) (5-2) has a2.94 ERA with 47 strikeouts to 11 walks and Martin (6-0) is second amongst starters on the team in both ERA (1.93) and strikeouts (46). Aaron Rosen leads the team with a .350 batting average to go with 36 hits, 23 runs, 12 RBI, three doubles and two triples.

The Polar Bears went 2-2 in last year's NESCAC Championships, ultimately falling to Trinity in the final round. Bowdoin received an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional Tournament.

For a complete preview of the championship, visit the NESCAC site at http://www.nescac.com