April 12, 2014

Bowdoin, Colby Split Saturday Baseball Doubleheader

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin and Colby baseball teams split a Saturday doubleheader at Pickard Field on Saturday with the Polar Bears using late heroics to take game one, 3-2, before the Mules bounced back to take the series with a 4-2 win in the nightcap.

The Mules win the season series from the Polar Bears for the first time since 2010 and improve to 12-6 (4-2 NESCAC) while Bowdoin moves to 13-8-1 (4-5 NESCAC).

The Polar Bears rallied late in the opener to take a 3-2 win. The Mules pushed two unearned runs across in the fourth inning, with Peter McAuliffe lacing an RBI single to give Colby a 2-0 lead that they carried into the bottom of the sixth. Bowdoin rallied against pitcher Soren Hanson, who had stymied them for most of the afternoon, by putting runners on first and second with no outs. Chad Martin launched a three-run homer to left to put the Polar Bears on top and Henry Van Zant tossed a perfect seventh inning to secure the victory.

Van Zant tossed three innings of relief, striking out three and permitting one hit to earn the win. Hanson took the loss despite six strong frames, allowing just two earned runs and striking out 10. Martin was the only multi-hitter in the game, as he finished with a pair of hits for Bowdoin.

In game two, Colby pieced together a four-run rally in the sixth inning and Bowdoin stranded 12 runners as the Mules took the 4-2 win. Daniel Csaplar delivered the big blow in the sixth frame, rapping a two-run double to left. Kevin Galvin followed two batters later with a two-run single to give the Mules a 4-0 lead.

Bowdoin got one back in the bottom of the inning on a John Lefeber double that scored Cole DiRoberto, and the Polar Bears seemed poised to complete the rally when they loaded the bases with no outs in the eighth. But reliever Tim Corey avoided further damage by permitting just one run to cross the plate as the Mules clung to victory. The Polar Bears couldn't come up with the big hit on the afternoon, as they left the bases loaded in both the second and third innings and two runners in scoring position in the eighth.

Greg Ladd was effectively wild for Colby, allowing just three hits and one earned run over seven frames despite four walks and two hit-by-pitches, to garner the win. Corey earned the save with two strong innings for Colby, striking out three.  Hanson had a pair of hits in the win.

Christian Martin was tagged with the loss for Bowdoin after permitting the four-run Colby rally in the sixth. Jay Loughlin tossed five strong innings in the start for Bowdoin, striking out six and allowing two hits. Jon Fraser was solid in relief as well, allowing just one hit and whiffing five over the final 3.2 frames. DiRoberto reached base three times and scored both Bowdoin runs in the loss.