Baseball Opens Conference Play With 3-1 Win Over Bates

Jack Wilhoite earned the save with two innings of work, striking out five. Catcher Colby Joncas drove in the game's first run.
Jack Wilhoite earned the save with two innings of work, striking out five. Catcher Colby Joncas drove in the game's first run.

WATERVILLE, Maine – The Bowdoin baseball team opened NESCAC play with a 3-1 victory over Bates on Friday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (7-6, 1-0 NESCAC) rode three strong performances on the mound and timely hitting to collected their first conference win of the year. The Bobcats (3-7, 0-1 NESCAC) swept Bowdoin in the 2017 series.

Game Highlights

  • Max Vogel-Freedman escaped an early bases loaded jam in the first inning, following up with four innings without allowing a Bates runner past second.
  • Bowdoin got on the board in the bottom of the second. Jack Wilhoite tagged a leadoff single to left and advanced into scoring position on a groundout from Nick Sadler. Colby Joncas drove in the run, singling to left.
  • The Bobcats denied any more Polar Bear runs in the fourth, as Connor Russell found the final out of the inning with runners on second and third.
  • Pat Beaton led off the sixth with a single to center and came around to tie the game on Jack Arend's double to center.
  • Bowdoin responded in the bottom half of the inning as Connor Lee connected with a bases loaded fielder's choice that plated Austin Zakow.
  • In the seventh, with Ben Suski waiting at second, Joe Gentile bagged a ground-rule double over the fence in right center for the 3-1 lead.
  • Jack Wilhoite came in to pitch the final two innings for Bowdoin, retiring the side in the eighth.
  • Bates threatened in the final inning with runners on the corners. Wilhoite escaped without allowing a run, striking out his third batter of the frame.

By the Numbers

  • Vogel-Freedman pitched six innings, allowing six hits and one run with five strikeouts. Colby Lewis pitched a complete seventh for the Polar Bears (one strikeout, one walk, no hits), before Wilhoite closed out with five K's and one hit allowed.
  • Russell surrendered six hits in as many innings, with three strikeouts and a pair of walks.
  • Connor DiVincenzo went 2-for-4 at the plate. Jack Arend reached first in all three of his at-bats.
  • Wilhoite and Brandon Lopez both went 2-for-4 at the plate.

Up Next

  • The two teams return to Colby's campus for a doubleheader tomorrow afternoon, beginning at 12:00 p.m.