The game was tied at four in the top of the seventh and last inning when Head Coach Mike Connolly pulled aside Jason Koperniak '09, Nick Tom '10, K.J. Kozens '08, and Adam Marquit '11.

"This is what is going to happen. Jason, you're going to get a hit," Connolly said. "Nick Tom, you're going to go in for him and steal second. K.J., you're going to bunt him over to third. Adam, you're going to squeeze him home. I'm not going to give any signs, that's what's going to happen."

Koperniak doubled. Kozens bunted Tom to third. Marquit squeeze-bunted him home and Bowdoin won 5-4 over Hope College.

Things just seemed to go the Polar Bears' way this Spring Break, as they went 8-3 on their road trip to Arizona.

"We played well, but the best thing about it is that we went eight and three but we can still improve a lot," Connolly said.

The team opened the trip with a pair of wins over Pitt-Bradford in a doubleheader, with the first game featuring seven shutout innings by Joe Pace '10 and Ian Merry '09.

The Bears didn't fare quite as well in their third game, as they fell to Cortland State, the No. 4 ranked team in the country, by three runs.

In its first game against Central, the team mounted an incredible comeback, scoring seven runs in the final inning to win the game 10-9.

"It was the most exciting part of the trip," said Connolly.

The Bears then lost to Central in the second game of the twin-bill, beat Dickinson, and then split with Roger Williams.

The most memorable thing about the road trip, however, according to Connolly, was senior Pat Driscoll's return to the mound. Driscoll had Tommy John surgery just 11 months before the trip, and earned the save in the win against Roger Williams.

"It was my proudest moment of the trip that he could overcome some hurdles to not just be back but probably be our best pitcher this season," Connolly said.

The team finished the trip with two wins against Hope College and one against Springfield.

Connolly said he was particularly pleased with the performance of some of the first years.

"Brendan Garner '11 (.462 BA, .462 SLG, 11 RBI) played very well out of the leadoff spot...and Adam Marquit (.917 FLD) played very well defensively [at shortstop]," he said. "Matt Ruane '11 (.333 BA) and Brett Gorman '11 (.243 BA) also had big contributions offensively and defensively and Ben Higgins '11 was one of our main relievers."

This weekend the team travels to Connecticut to open NESCAC play against undefeated No. 12 Trinity College.

"This series is big. Every series is big. We've sort of developed a rivalry with Trinity over the years," Joe Berte '09 (.514 BA, .886 SLG, 15 RBI) said.

Marquit agreed with Berte, but felt confident going into the weekend.

"It's gonna be pretty tough, they're a good team, but if we play hard and come out aggressive we should win," Marquit said.