leads baseball to victory
MARK CHEVALIER, STAFF WRITER
This past week has seen the Bowdoin baseball team continue
its recent run of solid--albeit unspectacular--play managing to split
contests with in-state rival St. Joseph's College and a struggling UMass-Boston
Still flummoxed by the realization that Spring in Maine
may be a forgotten entity, the team was forced to travel all the way to
Tufts last Thursday to tackle a 15-1 St. Joseph's juggernaut. The Polar
Bears battled admirably before yielding the eventual go-ahead run in the
top of the eighth inning and falling by a count of 3-2.
Bolstered by an excellent outing from sophomore Jared
Porter, Bowdoin trailed just 1-0 heading into the fifth inning. In the
fifth, Kevin Bougie '04, last week's NESCAC player of the week, was hit
by a pitch, and senior tri-captain Greg Lovely followed with a sharp single.
After Andy Workman '04 sacrificed to move the runners, senior tri-captain
Joe Nicastro-evoking images of an erstwhile Jody Reed-delivered handsomely,
roping a two-run single to give the Polar Bears a slight 2-1 edge.
Unfortunately, the lead would only hold up until two
innings later when the Monks managed to square the contest before eventually
pulling ahead in the decisive eighth frame.
Wednesday afternoon proved to be considerably more fruitful
for a Polar Bear squad with aspirations to get back to .500. After a six-day,
weather-induced layoff, the team again took to the road, this time journeying
down to Boston to tango with a 6-12 University of Massachusetts at Boston
squad. On a day that the Polar Bears admittedly didn't play their best
baseball, Greg Lovely managed to carry the day by crushing a 10th inning
homer en-route to an exciting 8-5 victory. The win brings the Bowdoin
record to an even 8-8.
Freshman J.P. Hernandez (1-0) was stellar in relief,
picking up his first victory of the season.
Bowdoin Coach Michael Connolly offered the following:
"We're not always going to play as well as we'd like, so it's important
to find some way to step up and gut out the close games. Yesterday, Lovely
and Hernandez helped us do that."
8-8 Polar Bears look to improve on their record.
(Henry Coppola/Bowdoin Orient)