The Bowdoin College baseball team scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally past Trinity, 4-3, on Friday afternoon at Pickard Field in the opener of the teams' three-game NESCAC East Division series. The Polar Bears stand at 14-6 (3-1 NESCAC) after their fourth-straight win as the Bantams dip to 13-10 (3-4 NESCAC) with the defeat.
After pitching dominated in the early going, Trinity was able to scrape together three hits and score two runs in the top of the fourth. Joe Papa came home on a groundout by Michael Rueger and Luke Auger followed it up with a single to plate Stephen Rogers for a 2-0 Bantam lead. Bowdoin replied with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth, as Dan Findley scored on an interference call from third base and Joe Comizio scampered home on a passed ball later in the inning to tie the score. The game remained deadlocked until the eighth, when Trinity's Kevin Mortimer blasted a solo home run down the right field line to give the visitors a 3-2 lead.
Bowdoin's winning rally started with a one-out double from Jordan Edgett. Brendan Garner singled home Edgett to tie the score and advanced to second on the throw to home. After relief pitcher Ben Goldberg retired Brett Gorman for the second out, Findley rolled a ground ball to third, where Rogers fielded the ball cleanly but threw high beyond the reach of Mortimer at first. Garner circled third and plated the go-ahead run on the error.
Ian Edwards slammed the door with a perfect ninth to garner the save for Bowdoin. Drew LoRusso got the win in relief for the Polar Bears, who got a fantastic Pickard Field debut from first-year Christian Martin, who tossed seven innings and allowed two earned runs while striking out eight. Edward Donovan took the tough-luck loss for Tufts after permitting two earned runs and whiffing five over 7.1 frames.
Rogers had two hits for Trinity while Edgett had a pair of hits for Bowdoin. The teams will finish their three-game set at Pickard Field on Saturday at noon.