Bowdoin Takes Two From Baseball
May 7, 2011
Middlebury dropped a pair of non-league games at Bowdoin on Saturday, falling 7-2 and 16-7. The Panthers return to action on Sunday when they host Tufts in a pair beginning at 1:00 p.m. The Polar Bears (22-12) and Panthers (14-13) will both play in the NESCAC Tournament next weekend in Massachusetts.
Christian Martin tossed a complete game, allowing two runs, to lead Bowdoin in Saturday's opener. Brendan Garner's run-scoring double broke a 1-1 tie and put the Polar Bears ahead for good in the third inning. Bowdoin added another run in the fourth on a double from John Lefeber and plated four runs in the sixth with the big blow coming on a two-run single courtesy of Brett Gorman.
Martin (6-1) took over from there, striking out six batters overall and allowing just five hits. John Wiet (2-3) took the loss for the Panthers after allowing six earned runs and walking eight over 5.1 frames. Gorman had two hits and four RBI for the hosts, who also received a pair of hits from Lefeber and four bases on balls from Garner. Joseph Conway had a hit and scored both of Middlebury's runs in the loss.
The Polar Bears scored 11 runs in the second inning and cruised to victory in game two. Leading 2-1 heading to the bottom of the frame, Bowdoin sent 15 batters to the plate, taking advantage of a hit-by-pitch, four walks and tacking on seven base hits to chase Middlebury starter John Popkowski (0-3). Garner had a two-run double to spark the rally while Tim McGarry and Adam Marquit both added two-run singles. Panther reliever Andy Dittrich allowed eight earned runs in 1/3 of an inning before Dirk Vanduym closed out the inning for Middlebury. Ben Higgins (2-2) tossed five strong innings, striking out six and allowing just three hits and one run to earn the victory for Bowdoin.
Kyle LeBlanc had two hits, including a solo home run, and three runs scored to lead Bowdoin, who also got two hits and four RBI, including a triple, from McGarry. Zach Roeder reached base three times and had a double to lead the Middlebury effort, while Thomas Rafferty went 2-4 with a double and two RBI.