BRUNSWICK, Maine – Cielle Collins supplied the Bowdoin softball team with a pair of RBI, including the game-ending run, as the Polar Bears downed Bates 9-1 in six innings.
Bowdoin (20-11, 6-3 NESCAC) reaches the 20-win plateau for the eighth consecutive season, while dropping the Bobcats to 8-18 (2-8 NESCAC).
The Polar Bears were active on the basepaths as Emily Griffin had a pair of stolen bases in the outing, with Adriane Krul, Hanna Wurgaft, and Marisa O'Toole all taking one. Melissa DellaTorre pitched six innings for the Polar Bears, allowing just three hits and one earned run. After becoming Bowdoin's all-time winningest pitcher last weekend, DellaTorre added to her career strikeout total with nine against the Bobcats.
Krul led off for the Polar Bears with a double in the bottom of the first, scoring a quickly on an RBI single from Griffin. Bowdoin added another run in the following inning as Tracy Shirey drove in Marisa O'Toole from third.
Bates cut the Polar Bears lead in half in the top of third. Alex Eliopoulos tagged a one-out double and scored later as Karen Lockhart singled to short.
Bowdoin answered with a four run outburst, starting with the leadoff single from Griffin. Katie Gately reached on a single to center, and the Polar Bears loaded the bases as O'Toole walked. Griffin scored and Gately scored on consecutive plays as Griffin took home off a bases loaded walk, and Gately crossed on a wild pitch. Bowdoin filled the bases again, allowing Shirey and Krul to notch back-to-back RBI. The Polar Bears went up 8-1 in the fourth off RBI singles from Wurgaft and Collins. With a runner on second following a leadoff double by Julia Geaumont, Collins' single up the middle allowed Bowdoin to take the 9-1 victory.
Kelsey Freedman started in the circle for Bates, allowing seven hits with four walks and a strikeout. Brenna Callahan finished out the game with three hits and one strikeout against 14 batters.
Saturday's scheduled twinbill between the Bobcats and Polar Bears has already been postponed due to the anticipation of poor weather. The teams are likely to play on Sunday, with an exact schedule to-be-determined. Information will be posted on the Bowdoin athletics website when available.