MEDFORD – Bowdoin junior pitcher Melissa Della Torre threw a four-hit shutout as the Polar Bear softball team stayed alive in the 2013 NESCAC Championship with a 2-0 victory over Wesleyan in game three of the tournament on Saturday morning at Tufts University's Spicer Field.
Bowdoin (29-13) will play again on Saturday at 3 pm against the loser of game four between Tufts and Middlebury. Wesleyan (24-12) was eliminated after two well-played losses.
Bowdoin scored with the benefit of two walks and two passed balls in the bottom of the first. Sophomore 3B Adriane Krul came through with a two-out single up the middle to score junior 2B Hanna Wurgaft. A diving stop by Wesleyan junior 2B Amy Lindland saved a run on the play.
The Polar Bears pushed their lead to 2-0 in the third when senior CF Gen Barlow tripled to deep right field with two outs. First-year 1B Katie Gately followed by popping a perfectly-placed infield single over the third baseman's head to score Barlow.
Wesleyan had scoring opportunities against Della Torre, but left eight runners on base. The Cardinals had base runners in six of seven innings, including four reaching second. However, Della Torre was able to work out of the situations. She struck out four and walked two while improving to 14-7.
Bowdoin outfielders made two nice plays to keep Wesleyan off the scoreboard in the third. Barlow made a diving catch in center field on Wesleyan sophomore 3B Lexi Parr for the second out. With runners on first and second later in the inning, sophomore LF Cielle Collins came in and snared a low line drive by senior catcher Ashley McLaren to end the inning.
Wesleyan starter Su Pardo pitched well in a losing effort for the second straight day. She allowed five hits and two runs (one earned) with seven strikeouts and two walks in six innings. With runners on second and third in the sixth, she made a nice play on a pop-up over her head to keep the Polar Bears from adding to their lead.
Gately, who finished 2 for 3 for Bowdoin, was the lone batter with multiple hits.