Trinity Softball Swept At Bowdoin, Drops To Second In NESCAC East Division
Brunswick, Maine - The Bowdoin College Polar Bear softball team
posted a 6/4-5/0 doubleheader sweep of the visiting Trinity College
Bantams in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)
East Division action this afternoon. The Polar Bears are now
27-10 overall and 6-3 in the NESCAC, while Trinity falls to 19-10
overall and drops to second place in the NESCAC East at 8-3.
Bowdoin CF Hillary Smyth went 3-for-3 with three RBI and a game-saving throw in the dramatic final inning. Smyth sparked a four-run outburst in the second inning with her two-run triple and added a run-scoring single in the sixth as Bowdoin carried a 6-3 lead into the final frame. Trinity mounted an error-aided rally and drew within a single run, 6-5, with a runner on third base and one out. Freshman Kerry McCarthy (Andover, Mass.) lifted a fly ball to Smyth, who recorded the putout and threw home to nail the potential game-tying score at the plate to clinch the win.
Julia Jacobs got the win for Bowdoin by allowing three runs and six hits over seven innings. Kara Nilan also had three hits in the win for Bowdoin. Junior Kristen Anderson (West Haven, Conn.) took the loss for the Bantams after tossing two innings and permitting four earned runs. Freshman 3B Caroline Blanchard (Norwich, Conn.) had three hits to lead Trinity in the opener, while fellow rookie Amelia Mostovoy (San Francisco, Calif.) had a home run in the loss.
Nilan was the story in game two, as Bowdoin surpassed the 2007 team's previous record of 26 single-season wins. Nilan allowed just five hits, no runs and struck out four in the complete game shutout. Bowdoin scored twice in the third and twice in the sixth to seal the win. Shavonne Lord had three hits including an RBI while Gen Barlow had two hits and an RBI. Trinity junior 2B Katherine Stoltenberg (Montgomery, N.J.) had two hits against Nilan, while starting pitcher Katherine Poulos (Wilton, Conn.) scattered nine hits and allowed three earned runs in the loss.