Brunswick, Maine - The Bowdoin College softball team held off a late Trinity charge to come away with a 4-2, New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) East series opening win on Friday afternoon at Pickard Field in Brunswick. The loss drops the Bantams to 12-7 overall and 3-1 in divisional play while the Polar Bears win for the fifth time in a row to improve to 20-7 on the year and 5-2 in the NESCAC East. The two teams return to Pickard Field tomorrow afternoon for a 12:00 p.m. doubleheader.
Bowdoin got on the board in the bottom of the first when Lauren O'Shea (West Roxbury, Mass.) came around to score on a Caroline Rice (Santa Ana, Calif.) single. The Polar Bears put up three more runs in the second inning, capitalizing on several Trinity misplays. Maddie Rouhana (Falmouth, Maine) crossed the plate after a leadoff walk before Jordan Gowdy (Weatogue, Conn.) added an RBI single and O'Shea sent a sacrifice fly to center to put Bowdoin ahead, 4-0.
Trinity mounted a rally with its final at bats as rookie RF Samantha Witmer (Drexel Hill, Pa.) led off the inning with a long double to right. Junior C Nicole Towner (Erie, Colo.) followed up with an RBI double to the same spot, scoring Witmer, to put the Bantams on the board. First-year Jenna Thomas (Orange, Conn.) came on to pinch it and drove in sophomore Meaghan Golia (North Branford, Conn.) on a base hit to left, but Bowdoin closed the door to come away with the victory.
Kate Hoadley (Plaistow, N.H.) pitched 6.1 innings for the Polar Bears, allowing five hits with four strikeouts before giving way to Ruby Siltanen (Alameda, Calif.) who earned the game's final two outs. Trinity senior captain Rachael Smith (Winchester, Mass.) pitched a complete game for the Bantams, surrendering six hits while fanning four. O'Shea went 2-for-2 at the plate and was the only batter for either team with multiple hits.