BRUNSWICK, Maine – Melissa DellaTorre collected seven strikeouts as the Bowdoin softball team shutout Colby 4-0 this afternoon in Brunswick.
The Polar Bears collect their third straight win and improve to 16-9 and 3-4 in NESCAC play. The Mules drop to 8-7 with a 2-2 conference record.
Bowdoin applied offensive pressure early as Toni DaCampo and Gen Barlow hit back to back doubles to center field from the number two andthree slots. Barlow's shot scored DaCampo from second to put the Polar Bears up 1-0. Adriane Krul tallied an RBI single to left, sending Barlow home, giving Bowdoin the 2-0 advantage after the opening inning.
Colby's biggest scoring opportunity came in the top of the third as Carolyn Bennett hit a two out single for the Mule's first hit of the day. Meaghan Lewia followed up with a double that curled down the left field line advancing Bennett to third. The Polar Bears secured a third out when Hanna Wurgaft fielded a ground ball and made the throw to first. DaCampo opened the bottom of the third with a lead off walk before Katie Gately knocked a single to left. An error in left field allowed Gately to take second and DaCampo to come around for Bowdoin's third run of the afternoon.
The Mules had a pair of base runners in the fifth following back to back singles, but were once again unable to secure a run. The Polar Bears took advantage of some Mule missteps in the bottom of the same inning, to extend the score to 4-0. DellaTorre closed out the final two innings with four strikeouts.
Bowdoin and Colby play a 1:00 p.m. double-header tomorrow afternoon up in Waterville.