Bowdoin 5, Tufts 4

At Medford, MA
Friday, April 2, 2010

Game Box Score

Junior catcher Julia Silberman's two-run single in the sixth gave Tufts a 4-3 lead

MEDFORD -- The visiting Bowdoin College softball team scored twice in the top of the seventh, and then stranded Tufts' potential tying run at second base in the bottom of the inning, to earn a 5-4 victory that was the first for the Polar Bears against the Jumbos since the 2004 season. Tufts had won the previous 13 games in the series.

The Polar Bears led 3-2, but Tufts scored two in the bottom of the sixth to take a 4-3 advantage. With two outs, junior catcher Julia Silberman (Somers, NY) lined a two-run single into the right-center gap for the Jumbos.

In the top of the seventh, Bowdoin put its first two runners on base without a hit. After a ground out, first year RF Gen Barlow (Norwich, CT) brought a run in with a single to left to tie the score at 4-4. Senior catcher Clare Ronan (Jenkintown, PA) then scored the eventual game-winning run on a passed ball.

Bowdoin reliever Michelle Wells (Winterport, ME), who came on in the seventh for senior starter Julie Jacobs (Ridgewood, NJ), retired the first two Jumbos before a Polar Bear error kept the hosts alive. Tufts senior shortstop Casey Sullivan (Berlin, CT) followed with an infield single to put the potential tying run at second. However, Wells got the third out on a tapper in front of the plate to end the game.

Tufts hit two home runs in the game. Senior RF Stefanie Tong (Burlingame, CA) hit a solo shot to left with one out in the second, giving the Jumbos a 1-0 lead. Bowdoin tied the score with a single run in the fourth, courtesy of an RBI single by senior 1B Lauren Coven (Ridgewood, NJ). Sullivan then knocked one off the top of the fence in center and over for a 2-1 Tufts led in the bottom of the fourth. The Polar Bears took their 3-2 advantage with two unearned runs in the fifth. Barlow had a sacrifice fly in the inning.

Sophomore LF Caroline Dewar (Katonah, NY) was 2 for 4 with a run scored for the winners. Junior DP Kara Nilan (Pittsfield, MA) was also 2 for 4 at the top of the Bowdoin order. Jacobs pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and the four runs with five strike outs and a walk to earn the win and improve to 6-2. The save for Wells was her third.

Tong led the Jumbo offense with a 3 for 3 game including two runs scored. Sullivan finished 2 for 4. Junior pitcher Izzie Santone (Madison, CT) went the distance, allowing seven hits and two earned runs while walking two and striking out one.

The teams continue their NESCAC East Division weekend series with a double-header tomorrow beginning at noon.