Middlebury Drops Both Ends of Twinbill to Bowdoin

Brendan Donohue went 2-3 in Saturday's opener for the Panthers.
Brendan Donohue went 2-3 in Saturday's opener for the Panthers.

The Middlebury baseball team fell in both ends of a doubleheader to Bowdoin on Forbes Fields. The Polar Bears took game one by a 6-0 score, and followed that with a 3-0 victory in the nightcap. Middlebury (11-21) hosts Tufts in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday at 12:30 p.m., while the Polar Bears end their season at 22-14.

In the top of the second with one out, Bowdoin got on the board with three-consecutive singles. Chad Martin ripped a base hit just off the glove of Panther third baseman Joe MacDonald. Martin moved to second on a base knock to right-center field by Sean Mullaney and scored on a single to left center from Jack Wilhoite.

An inning later, the Polar Bears tacked on a run when Ejazz Jiu reached on an error, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt and touched home plate on a double down the right-field line from Joe Gentile that one-hopped the wall. Panther starter Colby Morris got out of the inning with a double play that Brandon Lopez lined to MacDonald at third, and the Panther third baseman lunged to third and tagged the bag, doubling off the runner.

The Panthers threatened in the bottom of the sixth when Garrett Werner walked and moved to second on a throwing error by Lopez. He advanced to third on a ground out, but was left stranded on third on a fly out.

The Polar Bears put the game away with four runs on four hits in the top of the seventh. A run-scoring double from Luke Cappelano scored the first run of the rally, while Colby Joncas drove in the second tally on a fielder's choice. The scoring was capped on a two-run double down the left-field line off the bat of Gentile.

Middlebury had a pair of baserunners on in the bottom of the seventh, but were unable to push across a run.

Brendan Donohue went 2-3 at the plate for the Panthers, while John Luke and Max Araya also had hits. Morris (2-4) threw his third complete game of the spring, giving up six runs, five earned, on 10 hits with a strikeout.

Joe Gentile had a 3-4 output in game one for Bowdoin with three RBI, while Martin was 2-3 with a run scored. Wilhoite and Cappellano were both 1-3 with an RBI. Lopez (3-2) tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits striking out seven and walking just one.

In game two, Bowdoin jumped on the board with a pair of tallies in the top of the second. Lopez led off the frame with a double into the left-center gap, while Martin traded places with him on a double down the left-field line. Middlebury starting pitcher John Bunting recorded the next two outs, but Wilhoite singled to left, bringing home Martin from second for a 2-0 Polar Bear edge.

The game remained that way until the sixth. Lopez reached on a fielder's choice, moved to second via a wild pitch, scampered to third on a single by Martin and gave Bowdoin a 3-0 lead when he scored on a passed ball for the final run.

Jason Lock, Araya and Alex Deutsch each had a single for the Panthers at the plate. Bunting (1-6) was saddled with the loss for Middlebury, allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and just one walk for his fourth complete-game effort.

Martin and Mullaney both went 2-3 in game two for the Polar Bears, while Peter Cimini, Lopez and Wilhoite had the other hits. Starting pitcher Michael States (6-3) picked up the win, giving up just two hits with three strikeouts and a walk in six innings. Kyle Stanley earned his second save of the season, getting the final three outs with a hit allowed.