CLERMONT, Fla. – Both Monday afternoon games played by the Bowdoin softball team were decided by one run with the first falling in favor of the Polar Bears and the second seeing a late rally come up short.
The Polar Bears (5-5) were an even .500 after defeating MCLA 3-2 in the opener and falling 8-7 to Wisconsin-Eau Claire. MCLA remains winless at 0-9 while the Bluegolds improved to 10-2.
Game One Highlights
- Marisa O'Toole put Bowdoin on the board in the bottom of the second off a two-run blast.
- MCLA cut the Polar Bears lead in half as Alexandra Romano grounded out to third and drove a runner.
- Allison Rutz's RBI single in the bottom of the fourth proved the eventual game-winner as MCLA rallied late for a seventh inning run but could not fully close the gap.
- Caroline Rice and Rutz both went 2-for-3. Rutz also earned the win in the circle with six hits allowed and as many strikeouts.
Game Two Highlights
- All the Bluegolds offense came in the first two innings as Wisconsin-Eau Claire erupted for eight runs. Bowdoin's late rally came up a run shy of forcing extra-innings.
- Every run for the Bluegolds was an earned run as the Polar Bears fielded cleanly through the entire game, never committing an error.
- Evi Schaller, Emily Pomykalski, and Carlie Christensen all recorded RBI in their first at-bats.
- The first run of the second inning came as Rachel Heffel stole home. Brooke Varian and Christensen both recorded RBI doubles while Schaller and Heffel had run-producing singles.
- Bowdoin broke through in the top of the third, capitalizing on a fielding error. Jordan Gowdy doubled the run tally for Bowdoin with an RBI single to center in the following inning.
- The Polar Bears mounted a late comeback with a four-run seventh. Samantha Valdivia got the team started with an RBI single to center and Gowdy closed the gap within one off a bases-clearing double.
- Gowdy led Bowdoin with four RBI and went 2-for-4 at the plate.
- Samantha Roy suffered the loss after surrendering 13 hits and earned runs. Roy walked six and struck out four.