|Colby College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Jack Wilhoite struck out all six batters he faced in the final two innings to preserve Bowdoin baseball’s 5-4 lead against Colby on Friday afternoon.
The Polar Bears climb back .500 in league play with a 5-5 mark in NESCAC East action (13-15 overall). The Mules fall to 9-21-1 (2-8 NESCAC).
Colby outhit the Polar Bears through the opening four innings, but twice Brandon Lopez escaped the inning as his infield turned the double play.
The Mules finally broke through in the top of the fifth. Tyler Mulberry opened the inning with a leadoff double to left and quickly moved to third on a Ryder Arsenault single up the middle. Mulberry covered the final 90 feet on a groundout by Jackson Ward.
Bowdoin scored all five of its runs with two outs in the bottom of the fifth. The scoring began with a misplay on a ball from Sawyer Billings that allowed two runs to score. Lopez followed up with an RBI single to third. Colby Joncas rounded out the inning by driving in two runs with a single to left.
One swing of the bat in the top of the seventh pulled Colby within one. Trailing 5-1 with two outs on the board and a pair of runners on base, Matt Garcia cleared the left field fence to close the gap.
Wilhoite came in, in the top of the eighth, to mow down the final six batters in Colby’s lineup to preserve the win.
By the Numbers
Lopez earned the win with seven innings of work and nine hits allowed. The sophomore recorded six strikeouts.
Brooks Parker pitched all eight innings for Colby and allowed six hits with nine strikeouts. None of Bowdoin’s runs were earned runs.
Mulberry paced Colby with a pair of doubles while going 2-for-4 at the plate. Garcia was 2-for-5 with the three run homer.
Lopez went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI for Bowdoin.