AMHERST, Mass. – The Bowdoin softball team advanced to the NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2013 after defeating Middlebury 3-2 and Amherst 2-1.
The conference tournament expanded to an eight team field with a single elimination format this season. The second-seeded Polar Bears (31-11) came from behind to knock off third-seeded Middlebury (20-11) in the day's opening game. Bowdoin upset top-seeded Amherst (27-6) to punch its ticket to the Championship.
- The Panthers scored a pair of runs in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead. Olivia Bravo doubled with a runner on first to drive in the game's first run. With Bravo on third, Emily Moore sent a sacrifice fly to right that allowed the run to score.
- Through five innings, Samantha Valdivia was the only Polar Bear to record a hit. Notching a single and a double.
- Ruby Siltanen took over for Kate Hoadley in the circle in the top of the sixth and escaped a bases-loaded one out jam by striking out two consecutive batters.
- The Bowdoin bats came alive in the bottom half of the inning. Lauren O'Shea doubled to right center and eventually came around to score on Claire McCarthy's RBI single. Allison Rutz evened the game with a sacrifice fly to right that drove in Caroline Rice.
- Siltanen retired the side in the top of the seventh and O'Shea hit a walkoff two-out single to win the game.
- Hoadley pitched five innings and allowed as many hits with three strikeouts. Siltanen pitched the last two innings, allowing one hit, and fanned two batters.
- Valdivia went 2-for-3 at the plate and O'Shea was 2-for-4, with each tagging a double.
- Bowdoin jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jordan Gowdy reached first in the leadoff spot and quickly made her way to third with a stolen base and groundout. Rice drove in Gowdy, singling to left.
- The Polar Bears doubled their lead in the third as Rice tagged another RBI, this time doubling to right and driving in O'Shea.
- Amherst quickly answered as a sacrifice bunt drove in a run.
- The Mammoths couldn't find another run and ultimately fell 2-1 to the Polar Bears.
- Rice went 2-for-3 at the plate.
- Samantha Roy earned the win with 4.1 innings in the circle. Roy allowed five hits with three strikeouts.
- Siltanen earned her second save of the day and allowed just one hit in 2.2 innings. The first-year fanned five.
- Bowdoin plays Williams tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. for the NESCAC Championship at Amherst.