Polar Bears Return To Winning Ways in Sweep of Middlebury

Polar Bears Return To Winning Ways in Sweep of Middlebury

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College baseball team snapped a four-game losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of Middlebury on Saturday, 7-2 and 16-7. The Polar Bears (22-12) and Panthers (14-13) will both play in the NESCAC Tournament next weekend in Massachusetts. Bowdoin will close out its regular season on Sunday at home against St. Joseph's (Me.). Middlebury will host Tufts in a twinbill beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Christian Martin tossed a complete game, allowing two runs, to lead Bowdoin in Saturday's opener. Brendan Garner's run-scoring double broke a 1-1 tie and put the Polar Bears ahead for good in the third inning. Bowdoin added another run in the fourth on a double from John Lefeber and plated four runs in the sixth with the big blow coming on a two-rbi single courtesy of Brett Gorman.

Martin (6-1) took over from there, striking out six batters overall and allowing just five hits. John Wiet (2-3) took the loss for the Panthers after allowing six earned runs and walking eight over 5.1 frames. Gorman had two hits and four rbi for the hosts, who also received a pair of hits from Lefeber and four bases on balls from Garner. Joseph Conway had a hit and scored both of Middlebury's runs in the loss.

The Polar Bears scored 11 runs in the second inning and cruised to victory in game two. Leading 2-1 heading to the bottom of the frame, Bowdoin sent 15 batters to the plate, taking advantage of a hit-by-pitch, four walks and tacking on seven base hits to chase Middlebury starter John Popkowski (0-3). Garner had a two-run double to spark the rally while Tim McGarry and Adam Marquit both added two-run singles. Panther reliever Andy Dittrich allowed eight earned runs in 1/3 of an inning before Dirk Vanduym closed out the inning for Middlebury. Ben Higgins (2-2) tossed five strong innings, striking out six and allowing just three hits and one run to earn the victory for Bowdoin.

Kyle LeBlanc had two hits, including a solo home run, and three runs scored to lead Bowdoin, who also got two hits and four rbi, including a triple, from McGarry. Zach Roeder reached base three times and had a double to lead the Middlebury effort.