Recap courtesy of Bowdoin College
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin and Tufts baseball teams split a closely-fought double-header at a chilly Pickard Field on Saturday afternoon with the Polar Bears claiming game one, 4-3, before the Jumbos took the decisive third game of the series, 4-2.
|John Moschella had two rbis in Tufts' game-two win|
After today's action the Polar Bears stand at 10-12 (4-5 NESCAC) while the Jumbos move to 12-10 (3-3 NESCAC).
Bowdoin jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first in game one. Joe Gentile started the scoring for the Polar Bears, singling through the left side, and driving in Eric Mah. Jack Wilhoite drove in a pair of runs as he singled to the left corner. Mah added to the lead in the fourth, tagging an RBI single to center for a 4-0 Polar Bears' advantage.
Tufts drew closer in their final at-bat in the seventh, getting two-out rbis from John Moschella and Nick Falkson to cut the lead to 4-3. With runners on first and third, Bowdoin's Jack Wilhoite foced a pop-up for the final out of the game to preserve the win.
Colby Lewis pitched well for Bowdoin in the win, going four innings and allowing three hits and no earned runs. Wilhoite earned the save with three innings of relief. Brent Greely took the loss for Tufts, permitting three earned runs over six frames.
Nick Falkson had two hits in the loss for Tufts. Eric Mah reached base twice for Bowdoin.
Tufts jumped on Bowdoin in the first inning of game two, as Tommy O'Hara tripled home Elias Varinos just two batters into the game. John Moschella followed with a run-scoring single to give Tufts a 2-0 lead.
Tufts starter Spencer Langdan made that stand until the eighth inning, when Bowdoin put runners on first and second with two out. Joe Gentile hit a grounder that ws bobbled on the toss to second, allowing pinch runner Owen Gideon-Murphy to come home to score. Colby Joncas followed that with an rbi single, scoring James McCarthy to knot the score at 2-2.
The Jumbos answered with two runs in the top of the ninth to earn the win, however, as Will Shackleford reached base on a hit-by-pitch, advanced to second on a ball in the dirt and was driven home by Christian Zazzali to give the visitors a 3-2 lead. Moschella added a sac fly later in the frame for more insurance for the Jumbos.
Langdon got the no-decision for Tufts, allowing no earned runs and striking out five over 7.2 innings. Ian Kinney got the victory in relief, retiring all four batters he faced. Ryan Winn was excellent in relief for Bowdoin, tossing four innings of hitless ball. Ryan Dixon was tagged with the loss, allowing the two earned runs in the ninth.
Zazzali had a pair of hits for Tufts while Brendan O'Neil had a hit to spark Bowdoin's eighth-inning rally.
Bowdoin heads to Thomas College for Monday game at 4:00 p.m. Tufts hosts a double-header against UMass Dartmouth on Monday beginning at 12:30 p.m.