Softball Falls To Middlebury in NESCAC Tournament Opener

Hanna Wurgaft had the first of Bowdoin's three hits off Middlebury
MEDFORD, Mass – The Bowdoin softball team dropped its opener of the NESCAC Tournament in a 3-0 loss to Middlebury.

Middlebury improves to 26-9 while Bowdoin falls to 28-13. The Polar Bears will play Wesleyan in an elimination game at 10:00 a.m. Saturday while the Panthers advance to a winner's bracket contest against Tufts.

Hanna Wurgaft singled in the leadoff position to open the game for Bowdoin. The Polar Bear offense was unable to move the runner from first as the rest of the side was retired in order.  Melissa DellaTorre held to the Panthers to a single hit in the bottom of the inning, while striking out one and forcing a pair of groundouts. Middlebury' Elizabeth Morris and DellaTorre both allowed a hit in their second inning outings, but the score remained 0-0. Adriane Krul singled to leadoff for the Polar Bears, while Sarah Boylan doubled for Middlebury. The Panthers finally broke through with a two-out two-run rally in the third. Jackie Stern and Jessa Hoffman hit back to back singles before Jessica Poracky hit a two-run double to right field.

Middlebury tacked on an additional run in the fifth following a bunt by Stern. Poracky doubled to collect her third RBI of the game, and account for all three Middlebury runs. Bowdoin's lineup was retired in order during the fourth and fifth innings, before a single through the left side by Toni DaCampo in the sixth. DaCampo's shot was the final hit off Morris for the evening. Julia Geaumont came in to pitch for DellaTorre and retired the side by forcing three straight groundouts to shortstop. Despite a one out walk for Krul, Bowdoin was unable to mount a rally in the seventh as the Panthers closed out the 3-0 win.

Bowdoin now faces an elimination game on Saturday morning against Wesleyan. First pitch will be at 10:00 a.m. It will be the second meeting of the season between the squads. The Polar Bears took a 8-4 win over the Cardinals back on March 14 in Florida.