Hartford, Conn. - The Bowdoin College Polar Bears scored 15 runs on 15 hits to pick up a 15-8 victory over the Trinity College Bantams in the first game of a New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East series at Murren Family Field at DiBenedetto Stadium on Friday evening. Trinity falls to 7-9 overall and 2-2 in league play while the Polar Bears improve to 9-7 on the year and 3-1 in NESCAC play. The two teams wrap up the series tomorrow with a doubleheader, beginning with game one at noon.
Austin Zakow (Charlotte, N.C.) led Bowdoin with four RBIs while Eric Mah (Newtonville, Mass.) went 2-for-6 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Joe Gentile (Groton, Mass.) also collected three hits and drove in a pair of runs while Colby Joncas (Londonderry, N.H.) plated two runners as well. For Trinity, senior captain RF Christian Orsini (Livingston, N.J.) had three RBIs on a bases-clearing triple in the first inning while classmate 2B Cooper Mooney (Southbury, Conn.) went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs on a two-run homer in the ninth. Ben Osterholtz (Amherst, N.H.) picked up the win for Bowdoin on the mound, going six strong in relief to pick up his second victory of the season.
Bowdoin scored four in the top of the first, taking advantage of a pair of Bantam errors before Joncas roped a two-run single to give the visitors the early lead. The Bantams responded in the home half though, when Orsini cleared the bases with a triple to the gap, scoring Mooney, sophomore SS Matt Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) and junior 1B Johnny Stamatis (Ridgefield, Conn.). Orsini tied the game during the following at bat, scoring on a wild pitch. The Polar Bears, however, put up three more in the following half inning thanks to a two-run single by Gentile, followed by an RBI-base hit from Connor Lee (Bedford, N.H.).
After four scoreless innings, the Polar Bears poured it on in the top of the seventh as they added eight runs to open up a commanding 15-4 lead. A bases-clearing triple by Mah and a three-run double off the bat of Zakow highlighted the inning for Bowdoin while Jack Wilhoite (Winchester, Mass.) also drove in a run on a base hit.
Trinity got one back in the home half of the eighth inning thanks to an RBI-single by junior DH Tyler Buckley (Mt. Kisco, N.Y.) before an RBI-double by senior Carter Snyder (Lemont, Ill.) and Mooney's two-run blast onto Broad Street gave the Bantams four more runs, but it was too little too late as Osterholtz finished things seal the victory.