Softball Earns Spot in Championship Finals with Comeback Win Over Middlebury

Casey Correa supplied Bowdoin with a pair of doubles in the 5-1 win over Middlebury
Casey Correa supplied Bowdoin with a pair of doubles in the 5-1 win over Middlebury

MEDFORD, Mass. – Casey Correa doubled in the fifth and sixth innings to spur Bowdoin to a 5-1 come-from-behind victory over Middlebury in game five of the 2013 NESCAC Softball Championship. The victory put the Polar Bears into the finals on Sunday.

Trailing 1-0, Bowdoin (30-13) scored three runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth to earn the win. They will face host Tufts in game six of the NESCAC Championship at 10 am on Sunday. The Polar Bears will need to win twice to take the title.

Middlebury struck first in the second inning when Emily Kraytenberg led off with a walk. She came around to score on a double by Sarah Boylan. Julia Geaumont kept the Panthers off the bases for the most part from there, allowing just two hits and no walks the rest of the way.

Correa doubled with one out in the fifth inning and then went to third on a wind-aided double by Siena Mitman which looked like it might be caught. After a strikeout, Polar Bears Toni DaCampo singled home both runs to give Bowdoin a 2-1 advantage. Gen Barlow followed with a single up the middle scoring DaCampo and it was 3-1.

Bowdoin then led off the sixth with a single by Adriane Krul. She was doubled to third by Victoria Rusch. Correa then drove a two-run double off the fence in left giving the Polar Bears a 5-1 margin.

That lead was safe behind the pitching of Geaumont, who overcame a Bowdoin error that put the lead Middlebury batter on base to open the seventh. She retired the side from there, putting the finishing touches on a complete game win. She allowed four hits and one run in seven innings for her 11th victory.

Correa finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run for Bowdoin, while Barlow went 2 for 3 with an RBI. The Polar Bears had 10 hits overall, seven in the fifth and sixth combined.

Elizabeth Morris took the loss for Middlebury (26-11), surrendering seven hits and three runs with five strikeouts in 5.2 innings.