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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 16, 2010
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Despite allowing only five Bowdoin College hits, the Colby College baseball team dropped a tough 7-5 decision to the Polar Bears in NESCAC East play Friday at Coombs Field.
Brett Gorman (Bedford, N.Y.) homered to tie the game and Dan Hicks (New York, N.Y.) had an RBI single to bring in the eventual game-winning run in the seventh inning for Bowdoin.
Bowdoin earned its 20th victory of the season in moving to 20-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while Colby falls to 9-10 overall and 0-7 in the league. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Bowdoin on Saturday at noon.
Colby held a 5-3 lead after three innings after scoring two runs in the second inning thanks to a two-run single by Nick Ruocco (Lexington, Mass.). Bowdoin had single runs in the first and second innings without the benefit of a base hit. The Polar Bears used one hit batter, two walks, and a Colby error to score one in the first. Bowdoin used two hit batters, a sacrifice bunt, and a sacrifice fly by Reid Auger (Billerica, Mass.) to get the second inning run.
Bowdoin took a 3-2 lead in the top of the third on an RBI single by Kevin Zikaras (Milford, Conn.), but Colby's Brendan Gallagher (Dublin, N.H.) ripped a two-run triple in the bottom of the third and Nikolas Atsalis (West Hyannis Port, Mass.) had an RBI single as the Mules took a 5-3 lead.
The Polar Bears once again scored a run without a hit in the fourth inning thanks to a leadoff walk by Adam Marquit (New York, N.Y.). He reached third bases on two consecutive outs and then scored on a Colby wild pitch.
After taking the lead in the seventh, Bowdoin added an insurance run in the eighth when Marquit scored his second run of the game on an RBI from Brendan Garner (Swampscott, Mass.) on a fielder's choice.
Dan Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) had one hit and a pair of walks for Bowdoin. Marquit finished with three walks and had a sacrifice bunt, while Hicks had one hit, a walk, and a hit batter. Zikaras finished with one hit, one walk, was hit by a pitch, and had an RBI.
Atsalis had two hits and a walk to lead Colby. John LaMantia (Gates Mills, Ohio) added one hits and a pair of walks.
Carter Butland (Columbus, Ohio) entered the game in relief in the sixth inning and went on to get the victory.
Bowdoin 7, Colby 5
Bowdoin: Tim Welch, Carter Butland (6, W, 1-2) and Reid Auger; Dominick Morrill, Brady Hesslein (7, L, 2-2), Wil Hartigan (8) and Nick Ruocco, John Schroeder (8). 3B: Brendan Gallagher (Col). HR: Brett Gorman (B).