|Bowdoin College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Emily Griffin (Tucson, Ariz./Salpointe Catholic) struck out eight and allowed just one earned run and was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI to lead the Bowdoin College Polar Bears to a 6-4 come-from-behind win over the University of Southern Maine Huskies in a non-conference softball game Thursday evening at the USM Softball Stadium.
Bowdoin preserved its win-streak extending it to seven games with the rally victory, and improve to 18-6. The Polar Bears have won 13 of their last 14 games. Southern Maine drops its second straight game to dip below .500 to stand at 8-9.
Griffin was solid in the circle scattering eight hits and four walks over seven innings, yielding four runs (one earned) to improve to 8-2 on the season. Griffin aided her own cause at the plate with a pair of RBI singles in the sixth and seventh inning to push the Polar Bears ahead of Southern Maine. Senior Marisa O’Toole (Scarborough, Maine), freshman Allison Rutz (Essex Junction, Vermont/Essex), sophomore Samantha Valdivia (North Hills, Calif./Marlborough School) and senior Lauren Nguyen (Lynnwood, Wash./Edmonds-Woodway) each had two hits for Bowdoin, which collected 14 hits in the game.
Southern Maine freshman Madison Greene (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough Academy) took the loss for the Huskies in relief. Greene allowed five runs (two earned) in 2.1 innings. She gave up eight hits and a walk, and struck out one. Junior Amber Kelly (Berwick, Maine/Noble) had a no-decision in the start. Kelly pitched 4.2 innings allowing one earned run on six hits and a pair of walks.
Bowdoin snagged an early 1-0 lead in its first at on an RBI single through the right side from O’Toole. Bowdoin threatened for more runs in the inning with runners on first and second and one out after the O’Toole hit, but Southern Maine ended it with a double play.
Trailing 1-0, the Huskies responded with three runs in the bottom of the first. Kelly reached on an error after a lead off out, and came around to score on a double to center field from senior Mary Caron (Lewiston, Maine/St. Dominic Academy). Griffin recorded her second strikeout of the inning to make it two outs with Caron on second, before senior Shelby Obert (Norridgewock, Maine/Skowhegan) launched a two-run home run over the right field fence to make it 3-1 in favor of the Huskies.
After the first, both pitchers settled in and the score remained unchanged through five full innings. The Huskies had a chance to break the game open in the fifth with the bases loaded, but Bowdoin Caroline Rice made a nice snag at first base to prevent at least an RBI single up the line and end the inning.
In the sixth, Bowdoin took the lead plating three runs on four hits while taking advantage of two Husky fielding errors. Nguyen and Griffin drove in the second and third runs of the inning respectively to lead the Huskies’ 4-3. USM responded in the home-half of the inning however to tied the score up on another RBI double from Caron, this time down the right field line. Caron drove in sophomore Brooke Cross (Saco, Maine/Thornton Academy), who led off the inning with a double to the fence in right field.
Bowdoin took the lead for good in the top of the seventh again using timely hitting aided by USM defensive errors. Bowdoin had four hits in the top of the seventh, including an RBI single from Grffin to make it 6-4.
USM had an opportunity to at least tie the game in the bottom of the seventh as Obert led off the ining with a single through the right side but Bowdoin made key defensive plays to hold for the win.
Cross finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two singles, while Obert and Caron each had two hits. Caron was 2-for-4 (both doubles) with two RBI and a run scored, while Obert was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Her home run was her first of the season and fourth of her career. Obert has 16 RBI this season, while Caron has 14.