Softball Clinches Playoff Spot with Wins Over Bates
BRUNSWICK, Maine- The Bowdoin College softball team completed a series sweep of Bates Saturday afternoon at Pickard Field, totaling 18 runs in a doubleheader against the Bobcats.
With today's wins, 9-1 in game one and 9-4 in game two, the Polar Bears clinch a bid to the 2013 NESCAC Championship Tournament. Bowdoin will be the second seed out of the East Division and will compete in the double-elimination tournament that will be hosted by Tufts University on Mary 3-5. It will be the third trip to the NESCAC Tournament in the last four years for Bowdoin.
The Polar Bears have now won 12 straight games for a 23-9 overall record (8-4 NESCAC). Bates drops to 7-14 (1-8 NESCAC) on the season.
Bates opened the game with a single from Mary Lewis who capitalized on a Bowdoin error and advance to third on the following batter. Kelsey Freedman batted third for the Bobcats and put the ball in play, resulting in another Bowdoin misstep, allowing Lewis to put a run on the board for the visitors. The Polar Bears answered in the bottom of the first as Hanna Wurgaft and Toni DaCampo opened the inning with back to back singles beforeKatie Gately doubled to center scoring the pair. Nicole Nelson singled toright putting runners on the corners for Bowdoin. Casey Correa's cleared the bases with a home run to center to put the Polar Bears up 5-1.
As Julia Geaumont and the defense settled into a rhythm, Bowdoin never faced more than four Bates batters per inning. The Polar Bears added their sixth run of the game in the third inning off a double from Correa, scoring Victoria Rusch from third. Bowdoin capitalized on Gately's one-out single in the fifth, advancing her to second off a sacrifice bunt by Rusch, and third after a passed ball, to score their seventh of the game with a wild pitch. With a pair of runners on base, Bowdoin tacked on its final two runs of the game off a fewBates errors to finish off the five-inning win.
Wurgaft led off for Bowdoin in the second game with a double to center. DaCampo's RBI single in the number two slot put the Polar Bears up 1-0. Tricia Thibodeau held Bates to two hits through the opening four innings allowing Bowdoin to build a 7-0 lead. Gately homered, Rusch had two RBIs and a double, Correa had an RBI triple, while Nicole Nelson and Barlow also collected an RBI each.
Bates finally broke through with a four run fifth. Caroline Gattuso opened up with a double to left center, followed by singles from Anna Berenso and Mary Lewis to fill the bases. Molly Brown was thrown out at first, but Gattuso scored from third. Kelsey Freedman's RBI single put Bates runners on the corners before another single from Karen Lockhart scored the Bobcats' third of the inning. A Bowdoin error on the following batter allowed Bates to end the inning trailing 7-4. The Polar Bears added two more runs in the final frames, one of which coming offGately's second home run of the game. Bowdoin closed out the game 9-4.
Bowdoin will play another double-header tomorrow against visiting Husson University at 12:00 p.m. Bates faces Fischer on Tuesday in a pair of games starting at 3:30 p.m.