Softball Wins In Extra Innings to Complete Comeback

Natalie Edwards completed the comeback to force overtime in game two
Natalie Edwards completed the comeback to force overtime in game two

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Bowdoin softball team completed a gutsy extra-innings comeback for a 7-6 win over Tufts to split Saturday's doubleheader.

The Polar Bears (14-5, 1-2 NESCAC) suffered 6-2 loss to the Jumbos (13-5, 2-1 NESCAC) in game one.

Game One Highlights

  • The Jumbos jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as Raven Fournier jacked a two-run homer of the fence.
  • The Polar Bears cut the lead in half in the fourth as Allison Rutz put the ball in play, allowing Claire McCarthy to score on a fielding error.
  • Tufts pushed four runs across the plate in the fifth to extend its lead to 6-1. Three of the home team's runs went down as unearned. Jamie Stevens, Kelsey Dion, and Sara Wilner-Giwerc all tagged RBI singles. Annika Han recorded a sacrifice bunt to drive in the final run.
  • Rutz again drove in McCarthy for another Polar Bear run.
  • Rutz surrendered seven hits and a pair of runs with a three inning start.
  • Kristina Haghdan struck out five and allowed seven hits in as many innings of work.

Game Two Highlights

  • Bowdoin fell behind 5-0 in the bottom of the second. Fournier hit a leadoff double and eventually came around to score on an RBI single by Casey Maggiore. With the bases loaded, Emma Della Volpe launched a grand slam over the fence.
  • The Polar Bears got on the board off a bases-loaded sacrifice fly from Samantha Valdivia.
  • In the top of the seventh, trailing 5-1, Bowdoin put up four runs to extend the game. The entire rally came with two outs on the board.
  • With the bases loaded, Rutz singled to left. Natalie Edwards followed up with a three-run double down the leftfield line to force extra-innings.
  • Kate Hoadley retired the side in order in the bottom of the seventh.
  • Bowdoin took its first lead of the game in the ninth. McCarthy and Rutz tagged back-to-back doubles to push one run across the plate. Valdivia later lined out to left, giving Rutz the chance to score from third.
  • With runners on the corners, Mia Steinberg drove in Haghdan to cut Bowdoin's lead to one.
  • Hoadley forced a final out and the Polar Bears earned the comeback extra-innings win. Hoadley pitched a complete game and allowed eight hits with four strikeouts.
  • Edwards led the Polar Bears with three RBIs, Rutz and Valdivia each had two.
  • McCarthy went 3-for-5 at the plate.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin returns to Maine for a NESCAC series against Colby, beginning on Friday at 4:00 p.m.