WALTHAM, Mass. - Melissa DellaTorre pitched a shutout for the Bowdoin College softball team in a 3-0 opening win before eventually splitting a doubleheader with Brandeis after a 5-2 loss in game two on Saturday.
The Polar Bears ended their regular season with a final record of 28-12. The Judges are now 22-14. Bowdoin will be the second seed out of the Eastern Division for the upcoming NESCAC Tournament that begins on Friday at Tufts University. The Polar Bears will play the West's top seed, Middlebury, at 5:00 p.m. Friday evening in Medford, Mass.
In Saturday's first contest, DellaTorre was dominant in a one-hit shutout while walking one and striking out six. She had a perfect game through 3 1/3 innings before walking Casey Ducinski and a no-hitter through 4 1/3 before allowing a single to Anya Kamber. The Judges were not able to advance a runner past first base.
Brandeis' starter Melissa Nolan also pitched a strong seven innings allowing three runs on six hits. The Polar Bears broke the scoreless tie with an RBI single by Victoria Rusch in the top of the fourth. Bowdoin's major scoring opportunity came in the next inning when Gen Barlow launched a long two-run homer over the left field wall as the Polar Bears went on to win 3-0.
In game two, Bowdoin struck in the top of the first as Toni DaCampo drew the throw to second on a steal, allowing Hanna Wurgaft to score from third. The Judges finally found their offensive rhythm in the bottom of the third. Amanda Genovese began the rally by drawing a one-out walk and stealing second. Casey Ducinski followed with an RBI single to tie the game at 1-1. Danielle Novotny and Melissa Nolan delivered back to back singles that brought Ducinski home for the 2-1 lead.Then, with runners on first and third, Kamber executed a squeeze bunt and capitalized on a throwing error by Bowdoin to go up 5-1. With a runner on second in the fourth, Casey Corea picked up an RBI double to close out the afternoon's scoring. Julia Geaumont took the loss for Bowdoin after working six innings, allowing four earned runs. Ducinski got the win by permitting one earned run over seven frames, scattering six hits.
Barlow had four hits in the doubleheader for Bowdoin. Correa finished with three hits in the twinbill.