Baseball Takes Two From Bowdoin

May 5, 2007

Middlebury won both games of a double-header against Bowdoin on Saturday, winning 6-4 in a scheduled seven inning game and 13-10 in a nine inning contest at Forbes Field. The Panthers improve to 17-11 overall, while the Polar Bears drop to 18-14 completing their regular season. The Panthers wrap-up their season with a pair of games home games against Bates on Sunday.

In the first inning of game one, Bowdoin's Joe Berte lined a single to center, scoring Chris McCann from second base. The Panthers answered in the bottom of the inning, exploding for four runs on five hits, highlighted by RBI doubles by Noah Walker and Mark Shimrock, giving Middlebury a 4-1 lead.

In the third inning, Middlebury's starting pitcher Jack Britton allowed consecutive walks to start the inning. Back-to-back RBI singles by Berte and Patrick Duchette cut the lead to 4-3. One batter later, a one-out single by John Lawrie plated Berte. tying the game at four.

The top of the fifth saw Britton in another jam, as he struck out the side with runners on first and second. Middlebury took a 6-4 lead on back-to-back solo home runs by Walker and John Lanahan.

In the sixth, with runners on second and third and two outs, Britton intentionally walked Berte to face Duchette, who lined out to end the inning. Britton put the Polar Bears down in order in the seventh and final inning for the win.

Walker went 2-3 with a double and a homer to go with his two RBI, as Gabe Broughton and Nick Lefeber added a pair of hits for the Panthers. Berte was 3-3 with two RBI, while McCann collected two hits and scored two runs for Bowdoin.

Britton went all seven innings, matching a career-high with 11 strikeouts, improving his record to 4-1 on the year. Bowdoin's starting pitcher Luke Potter dropped to 1-3, allowing all six earned runs over five innings of work. Carter Butland pitched one inning of relief in the sixth for the Polar Bears.

In game two, trailing 2-0 after one inning, the Panthers tied it up in the bottom of the second with RBI singles by Danny Seymour and Alex Blair. An RBI double by Mark Shimrock in the third inning gave Middlebury a 3-2 lead.

Bowdoin regained the lead in the fourth on a two-out single by McCann. Butland relieved Polar Bear starter Ryan Turgeon in the fourth inning and was greeted with six runs on just two hits as the Polar Bear committed three errors in the inning. A bases-loaded three-run double by Broughton highlighted the scoring as Middlebury built a 9-4 advantage.

The Panthers tacked on a pair of runs in the fifth when Lanahan and Shimrock connected with RBI singles for an 11-4 lead.

Chris Hansen relieved Panther starter Justin Wright in the seventh, giving up three runs, including a two-run homer to left by Reid Auger. Joe Pace followed Auger with a homer to centerfield, cutting the lead to 11-7.

Bowdoin's Ian Merry started the seventh in relief of Butland, allowing a pair of runs on RBI singles by Lefeber and Shimrock. Trailing 13-7 in the ninth, Bowdoin led off the inning with four consecutive hits, including doubles by Jon Koperniak and Nick Lawler, cutting the lead to 13-10. After hitting Jason Koperniak with a pitch, Hansen was pulled for Steve Shortle. With runners on first and second and no outs, Shortle struck out Lawrie and enticed McCann into a game-ending 1-6-3 double play to earn the save.

Six Panthers had multiple hits in game two, led by Shimrock's 3-5, 4 RBI performance, while Lefeber added three hits and scored four runs. Jon Koperniak and Pace each had three hits to lead the Polar Bears.

Wright collected the win for the Panthers, allowing four earned runs and striking out six over six innings, improving his record to 4-1, as Shortle earned his first save of the season. Bowdoin starter Ryan Turgeon took the loss, giving up seven earned runs over three innings, dropping his record to 5-2.