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Baseball to face Amherst in NESCAC quarterfinal

May 3, 2024

Courtsey of Brian Beard
FIST BUMPS FOR DAYS: The baseball team concluded its regular season and heads into postseason seeded third in the east division.

After splitting its doubleheader against Trinity College (13–20; 5–7 NESCAC) last Saturday, the baseball team (17–15; 6–6 NESCAC)  wrapped up its regular season and is headed into the NESCAC quarterfinals this weekend. The Polar Bears scored a 16–13 win last Saturday before falling in the second game by a 14–3 margin. As the third seed in the east division, the team will play against second-seeded Amherst College (23–8; 8–4 NESCAC) in a best-of-three series tomorrow and Sunday.

Lukas Tsai ’26 had multi-hit games last Saturday and helped the Polar Bears score two runs in the first game of the season against Trinity by doubling down the right field line. Tsai hit a home run against Bates College (12–17; 3–9 NESCAC) last Thursday.

“So far it’s been a good season for us. There have been ups and downs [and] we dealt with a couple injuries from some key players, but we’re learning how to battle them and persevere through adversity. I’m very excited for the playoffs,” Tsai said.

Tsai scored three hits in the second game, where Bowdoin and Trinity combined for an impressive 30 hits. Tsai, Richie McNamara ’24 and Gabe Peckler ’23 all hit doubles in the third game. Tsai expressed that last weekend’s results were unexpected, but that the team is adjusting well.

Bowdoin dropped last Friday’s game against Trinity by a 9–2 margin. Reuben Siegel ’27, who had two RBIs in the second game, also highlighted the difficulties that the team dealt with.

“We had five games in four days, so this weekend was pretty hectic from the start. We started off with two wins against Bates and secured the playoff spot which is huge,” Siegel said. “We went into Trinity knowing that if we swept [them], we could maybe get the two seed, but after the first one didn’t go our way, we were just happy to get that third win of the weekend.”

Captain CJ Brito-Trinidad ’23 tagged an extra-base hit in game one and stole a pair of bases in game two along with Cal Thompson ’27. Thompson scored two hits and two RBIs in the second game.

“We definitely knew we needed to get two wins against Bates on Thursday and Friday, so it was really exciting when we swept them,” Thompson said. “We came in a little flat at the first game with Trinity, but we got it done and secured the three seed.”

Brito-Trinidad added that this season the team is hoping to make a deeper run into the postseason this year than last year.

“Last year, we lost in the NESCAC semifinal, but we got to the quarterfinals and beat Wesleyan. We know that three games is a long series and anything can happen. It’s just about taking each game, each pitch, each inning, one at a time and living in the moment. Play with confidence and good things can definitely happen,” Brito-Trinidad said.

The Polar Bears made it to the NESCAC championship finals last season. Tsai is hoping that the team can continue that momentum this year.

“The wins against Tufts, Colby and Bates this year are some really key moments in our season. In the past we haven’t been able to beat teams like Tufts or Colby, but this year we showed that we are able to put our best foot forward as a team,” Tsai said. “Taking two against Bates and one against Trinity really set us up for the playoffs this weekend.”

Brito-Trinidad said that the team is working on its hitting and pitching plans as well as throwing aggressive strikes and making plays behind the pitchers.

“It’s been a season full of injuries and I like the way that we’ve been able to respond to those injuries, come back, and fill in the gaps,” Brito-Trinidad said.

Tsai highlighted that the team hopes that its supportive dynamic will take the Polar Bears to the NESCAC championship.

“I’m super proud of my teammates, and we all want to do this together as brothers. The goal is definitely to win the NESCAC championship, see how far we can go and try to prove everyone wrong,” Tsai said.

Thompson emphasized the team’s camaraderie on and off the field.

“The team dynamic is awesome. It’s just a bunch of guys hanging out and laughing with each other, but when we get to the field, we know we need to lock in,” Thompson said.

The Polar Bears play their next game against Amherst at 4 p.m. today.

“We know we have it in us. We just have to show up,” Brito-Trinidad said.


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