The softball team clinched the last spot in the NESCAC championship by beating Bates twice last Sunday after losing the series opener the day before.

"It was obviously a big series and a big accomplishment," said Head Coach Ryan Sullivan. "We knew we needed one game, and Bates is a good team."

After losing to Bates 4-2 on Saturday, Bowdoin won 12-4 and 10-0 on Sunday. Toni DaCampo '13 tallied six hits in the two victories and Casey Correa '14 had three.

The team also split its series with the University of New England (UNE) last Thursday, winning the first game 12-2 but losing the second 4-0.

"UNE is a good team, so a split in the doubleheader wasn't shocking. We had some good performances and battled on a cold, windy day," said Sullivan.

Caroline Dewar '12 has been one of the team's strongest hitters this year. She broke the Bowdoin career hits record against UNE, and is batting .375 with an overall of 51 hits, 32 runs and 11 RBI.

"Caroline has been remarkably consistent all four years, which is why she was able to reach this milestone," said Sullivan. "She has been a great player and great leader for our program so I am really happy for her."

By winning two of three games against Bates, the Polar Bears secured the second seed in their division and will play Amherst in the first round of the NESCAC playoffs today. Middlebury and Tufts will also compete in the double-elimination tournament.

"We are playing very well right now and feel like we have as good a shot as the other three teams," said Sullivan. "We certainly feel poised to make a run."

"I think our overall body of work this year has been very good and we feel very confident heading into Friday, no matter who we play," said Sullivan.