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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: May 2, 2009
WATERVILLE, Maine ---Despite a pair of home runs from Colby College’s Ryan Conlon, Joe Pace (Newburyport, Mass.) finished the season at 7-0 after working six innings in the opener to help Bowdoin College to a 15-7 win over Colby College in a doubleheader baseball sweep on Saturday at Coombs Field.
Bowdoin, which took a 6-5 win in the nightcap, finishes the season at 23-15, while Colby ends up 8-24.
Pace got some fine offensive support from Matt Ruane (Belmont, Mass.), who smacked a two-run homer in the first inning and added another two-run shot in the sixth. Reid Auger (Billerica, Mass.) also had a solo homer for the Polar Bears.
Dan Hicks (New York, N.Y.) had four hits, while Joe Berte (Marlborough, Mass.) added two hits and a pair of RBI.
Ryan Conlon (Ridgefield, Conn.), one of five seniors playing their final games for Colby, had two homers and four RBI. He had a solo shot in the second inning and a three-run blast in the seventh. Craig Cooper, another Mule senior, added a solo home run in the third inning and had a double. Brendan Gallagher (Dublin, N.H.) added an RBI double for Colby.
In the second game, Brendan Garner’s (Swampscott, Mass.) single in the top of the seventh inning brought in Nick Tom (Newton Square, Pa.) with the eventual game-winning run. Hicks had led off with a pinch-hit single and Tom took over on the bases.
Jason Koperniak (Adams, Mass.) and Kevin Zikaras (Milford, Conn.) both had solo homers for Bowdoin in the second game. Zikaras had his in the first inning and Koperniak led off the fifth inning with his shot. Adam Marquit (New York, N.Y.), Zikaras, and Garner all had two hits for Bowdoin.
Kyle McKay (Bedford, N.H.) had a triple among his three hits for Colby. Ken Kaufman (Lexington, Mass.) added a pair of hits for the Mules.
Carter Butland (Columbus, Ohio), who entered the game in the sixth inning, earned the victory for the Polar Bears.
Bowdoin 15, Colby 7 (1st game)
Joe Pace (W, 7-0), Eric Chenelle (7) and Reid Auger; Justin Clark (L, 0-3), Connor Sullivan (3), Ross O’Connor (7) and Kyle McKay, Michael Doherty (6). 2B: Brett Gorman (B), Craig Cooper (Col), Brendan Gallagher (Col). HR: Reid Auger (B), Matt Ruane (B) 2, Craig Cooper (Col), Ryan Conlon (Col) 2.
Bowdoin 6, Colby 5 (2nd game)
Sean Kleier, Pat Driscoll (6), Carter Butland (6) and Joe Comizio; Bobby Whelan, Dominick Morrill (5), Wil Hartigan (7, L) and Kyle McKay. 2B: Joe Comizio (B), Adam Marquit (B). 3B: Kyle McKay (Col). HR: Kevin Zikaras (B), Jason Koperniak (B)