April 21, 2012

DellaTorre, Dewar and Barlow Set School Marks as Bowdoin Crushes Colby

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College softball team powered its way to a doubleheader sweep of Colby on a record-setting Saturday afternoon at Pickard Field, 7-1 and 8-0.

Melissa DellaTorre (14-5) earned her 14th victory of the season in game one, establishing a new single-season record for wins by a Polar Bear. Caroline Dewar had four hits in the doubleheader to tie Bowdoin's career hits record with 158 while Gen Barlow also blasted two home runs in the win to tie the school's single-season record with seven. DellaTorre broke the record formerly shared by Karen Reni '09 and Julia Jacobs '10 (13). Dewar and Barlow both tied the marks currently held by Kristie Miller '02.

The Polar Bears have rolled to five consecutive wins and six straight conference victories, improving to 25-10 (6-3 NESCAC) this season. The Mules fall to 8-19 (0-9 NESCAC) with the setback.

Bowdoin hit three home runs in the opener, with Barlow's second homer of the game giving Bowdoin a 2-1 lead in the fourth. Toni DaCampo immediately followed with a solo shot to dead center that gave the Polar Bears a 3-1 edge. Bowdoin would add four more runs in the fifth with the big blow coming from a Caroline Dewar triple.

That proved to be all the support that DellaTorre would need, as the sophomore went seven innings, permitting just one earned run and striking out five. Lauren Becker took the loss by allowing three earned runs in three innings for Colby. Barlow reached base three times and scored three times to spark the Bowdoin offense. Colby was led by two hits apiece from Meaghan Lewia and Brianne Wheeler.

Bowdoin blew open game two with an eight-run outburst to earn a shortened walk-off win in the nightcap. Tied at zero entering the fifth frame, the Polar Bears pounded out seven hits and took advantage of a Colby, getting a two-run single from Hillary Smyth and a two-run single from Barlow to spark the rally. Amy Hackett earned a sac fly and Casey Correa ripped an RBI single down the line to give Bowdoin a 6-0 lead. Hannah Wurgaft doubled home Correa and came home on Courtney Colantuno's single to left that sealed the win.

Tricia Thibodeau allowed three hits over five innings to earn the victory for Bowdoin. Aime Polimeno was solid until the fifth frame for Colby, taking the loss by allowing four earned runs over 4.2 frames. Wurgaft led Bowdoin with two hits and two runs.