BRUNSWICK, Maine – Sophomore Melissa DellaTorre fired a three-hit shutout in the second game to help lead the Bowdoin College Polar Bears to a sweep of the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference softball doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Pickard Field, 16-4 and 4-0.
Winners of four consecutive games and five of its last six, Bowdoin improves to 17-8 overall. Southern Maine falls to 1-21 with the pair of losses.
DellaTorre spun a gem for the Polar Bears scattering three hits – all singles – over seven innings while fanning nine Husky hitters. Yielding just four walks, DellaTorre kept the Huskies' bats at bay, retiring a string of six consecutive hitters from the second through fourth innings, and only allowed three base runners to advance past second base.
Bowdoin took control of the game with a three-run bottom of the third. The Polar Bears plated three runs on four hits including RBI singles from senior Hillary Smyth and junior Gen Barlow. Junior Stefanie Stockwell was saddled with the loss for USM. Stockwell allowed four earned runs on nine hits and four walks.
In the opener, Bowdoin responded to a four run top of the first from the Huskies with a 12-run outburst of their own to take control of the game and cruise to a 14-6 five-inning victory. In rainy conditions, Bowdoin scored 12 runs in the bottom half of the inning on four hits and eight walks. The Polar Bears scoring bonanza was highlighted by a base-clearing grand slam from senior Amy Hackett.
Junior Tricia Thibodeau earned the win for Bowdoin allowing five earned runs on six hits over five innings. Thibodeau yielded three walks and had three strikeouts. Senor Caitlin LeBorgne took the loss allowing 14 earned runs on eight hits and eight walks.
Bowdoin will host Trinity College on Friday (4:00 p.m.) for the first of an important three-game NESCAC series.