Van Zant Dominates Colby as Polar Bears Take Shutout Victory

Van Zant Dominates Colby as Polar Bears Take Shutout Victory

WATERVILLE, Maine - Bowdoin College pitcher Oliver Van Zant spun a gem, tossing six innings of shutout ball in a 3-0 victory at Colby on Saturday. The Polar Bears, winners of 14 of their last 16 against their northern neighbors, improve to 19-7 (7-1 NESCAC) overall while Colby falls to 10-17 (0-8 NESCAC). Game two of the scheduled doubleheader was canceled due to rain. No make-up has been announced.

Van Zant out-dueled Colby pitcher Dom Morrill, who permitted just six hits and two earned runs. Van Zant was dominant, however, allowing just two hits and whiffing 10 Mules in six innings before giving way to closer Ian Edwards, who struck out the side in the seventh to earn the save. In all, Van Zant and Edwards struck out in 13 of Colby's 26 batters in the game while allowing just one walk.

The Polar Bears scored one run in the fifth when Joe Comizio was hit by a pitch while leading off. Dan Hicks laid down a sacrifice bunt, and a throwing error put Comizio all the way to third base. Adam Marquit followed with a sacrifice fly to center field to drive in the run.

Bowdoin used consecutive singles by Marquit, Kyle LeBlanc and Matt Ruane to score one run in the top of the seventh. After a walk to Jordan Edgett to load the bases, Brendan Garner brought in Ruane with an RBI single to give the Polar Bears another insurance run.

The Polar Bears will return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon against Brandeis University. First pitch is slated for 4:00 p.m.