With the weather warming up, the Bowdoin spring athletic teams continue to enjoy great success.
The Polar Bears had an eventful weekend on the diamond, winning three of four games and turning a rare triple play.
Saturday, Bowdoin split with Bates, losing the opener, 4-1, in eight innings, before triumphing, 14-9. In the victory, the Polar Bears turned the triple play then erupted on offense, rapping 17 hits. Matt Ruane had four of them, scoring three times, while driving in three runs. Jordan Edgett and Brendan Garner both finished with two hits, two runs scored and three RBI.
Sunday, Bowdoin swept visiting Thomas College, 7-6 and 12-0. Edgett’s sixth inning RBI triple (scoring Ruane) put the Polar Bears ahead to stay in the opener. Joe Comizio had four hits and two RBI. Jay Louglin earned the win. In the nightcap, Evan Farley fanned 10 in a complete game shutout win, while Bowdoin again had 17 hits, highlighted by three apiece from Brett Gorman and Adam Marquit.
Ruane was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after hitting .526 (10-for-19) with a .684 slugging mark. He scored eight times, drove in three runs, hit three doubles and walked once.
The Polar Bears (13-6) host Trinity Friday and Saturday.
The softball team won three successive games against Colby last week to sweep the season series from its rival.
Friday, Bowdoin was a a 5-1 home winner as Toni DaCampo ripped a three-run homer and Kara Nilan earned the victory with a five-hit, nine-strikeout performance.
Saturday, the Polar Bears swept the host Mules, 4-1 and 9-5. Nilan was sharp again in the opener, earning the win, while scoring two runs. In the second game, Bowdoin got a home run and three runs scored from Amy Hackett and three hits, two runs and two RBI from DaCampo. Former Scarborough High standout Melissa DellaTorre earned the victory.
DaCampo was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after hitting .500 over five games (8-for-16). In that stretch, she had an on base percentage of .529, slugged .813, scored five runs, drove in 10, hit a triple, and homered.
Bowdoin (11-13 on the season, 4-2 in NESCAC play) hosts Tufts Friday and Saturday.
The men’s lacrosse team gave a scare to nationally-ranked Middlebury Saturday, but lost, 16-12. The Polar Bears led, 6-4, after one period, but couldn’t sustain it. Bowdoin was paced by three goals each from Owen Smith and Keegan Mehlhorn. Russell Halliday added two goals and three assists. Bowdoin (3-6 overall, 1-5 in NESCAC play) hosted Endicott Thursday and visits Bates Tuesday.
The Bowdoin women lost by the same score to the same foe, 16-12, at Middlebury, Saturday, to drop to 8-2 on the year (4-2 in league play). The Polar Bears got four goals from Carolyn Gorajek and three from Katie Stewart, but it wasn’t enough, as they fell behind big early. Bowdoin goes to Wheaton Saturday and hosts Bates Wednesday.
The spring outdoor track season started Saturday as both Bowdoin teams came in third at a meet at Springfield College. Elsa Millett won the 200 and 400 and Laura Peterson took the long and triple jumps for the women. Colin Fong won the 1,500, Alex Lucyk the pole vault and Matt Ramos the hammer throw for the men. The Polar Bears are at the University of New Hampshire Invitational Saturday.
Bowdoin’s men’s tennis team lost, 7-2, to Amherst last weekend for its first league loss. The Polar Bears (7-3 oveall, 2-1 in NESCAC), ranked 14th, host No. 1 Middlebury Saturday in their home regular season finale.
The women lost, 7-2, to Williams last weekend to fall to 7-3 on the year.
Bowdoin senior Adam Marquit prepares to turn a double play Sunday during a victory over Thomas College in Brunswick.
Bowdoin shortstop Toni DaCampo was named NESCAC Player of the week after batting .500 and flawless fielding in a weekend sweep of Colby.
Bowdoin senior Owen Smith takes aim on one of his three goals in the Polar Bears’ 16-12 loss to Middlebury in Brunswick on Saturday.