Baseball Drops Two At Bowdoin

May 6, 2006

Middlebury dropped a pair of games at Bowdoin just one day after clinching their first NESCAC Tournament bid. The Polar Bears will host the NESCAC Championship next weekend and will play Williams in game one of the tournament on Friday afternoon. Middlebury and Tufts will play in the other tournament game on Friday afternoon at Bates. Complete information on the championship will be announced next week.

In game one, Powers allowed just four hits and one earned run in a complete game victory, the 20th of his career. He passes the former career mark of 19 held by Scott Jamieson. Bowdoin used a seven-run third-inning to blow the game open. All of the Polar Bears' runs came with two outs in the inning, as a two-run double by Nick Lawler proved to be the big blow. Leclerc reached base every time he came to the plate, and put a cap on the day with a solo home-run to left in the fourth inning. Nick Lefeber was the lone Panther with multiple hits, going 2-4. Robert Palladino took the loss for Middlebury, allowing three earned runs in three innings.

Game two saw Leclerc pitch seven innings, allowing five hits and one run to go with a two-run home run in the third frame, giving Bowdoin a 3-0 lead. A triple by Chris Bucci scored Lawler in the fourth frame, to increase the lead to 4-0 before Middlebury put together a rally in the top of the fifth. With runners on second and third with one out, Nick Lefeber grounded out to second, scoring Dom DiDomenico. After a walk to John Lanahan, Leclerc got Ryan Armstrong to groundout to short, ending the rally. Mark Bulger tossed the final two innings for the Polar Bears, who got two hits from Leclerc and Jon Koperniak. DiDomenico and Gabe Broughton both went 2-4 at the plate for the Panthers. Tyler Bak was tagged with the loss on the mound, going three innings and allowing three earned runs.

-- courtesy Bowdoin --