|Trinity College||Bowdoin College|
BRUNSWICK, Maine – Ben Suski hit a walkoff homerun in the bottom of the twelfth inning to complete the series sweep for Bowdoin against Trinity on Saturday evening.
The Polar Bears (10-12, 3-3 NESCAC) collected their first series sweep of Trinity (12-12, 3-6 NESCAC) since 2011. Bowdoin held on for an 8-4 win to open the day and outlasted the Bantams 11-10 in twelve innings for game two.
Game Two Highlights
After trailing 7-3 through five innings, the Bantams came back to take a 10-9 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Jiu tagged an RBI single to right to extend the game.
Bowdoin went up early in the bottom of the first as Joe Gentile recorded an RBI groundout. Trinity responded in the top half of the second off an RBI double from Carter Snyder.
The Polar Bears put up four runs in the second. Jiu drove in a pair of runs with a double and Brandon Lopez drove in Jiu with double to center. Gentile singled to center to push Lopez across the plate.
The teams traded runs in the third. Matt Koperniak and Mah each had an RBI single.
Tyler Forgione singled through the left side, producing another run for Trinity in the fourth and Wilhoite homered to center for Bowdoin in the fifth.
Forgione and Ryan Vultaggio each pushed a run across the plate in sixth to continue chipping away at Bowdoin’s lead. Joncas got one run back for the Polar Bears in the bottom half of the inning.
Trinity exploded for a four-run seventh inning to take its first lead of the game. Dibenedeto doubled down the leftfield line to start the scoring for the Bantams. Alex Rodriguez sent a sacrifice fly to center and Vultaggio blasted a two-run shot over the leftfield fence for the lead.
Mullaney tied the game with an RBI single to right in the bottom half of the inning.
The Bantams took a 10-9 lead in the top of the eighth off a passed ball.
Jiu extended the game with an RBI single to right in the bottom of the ninth. Trinity escaped the bases-loaded situation to force extra-innings.
Trinity survived another bases loaded situation in the bottom of the eleventh, but Suski’s leadoff homerun in the twelfth inning sealed the deal for Bowdoin.
Trinity’s pitching staff combined for 10 strikeouts, paced by McLane Hill who tallied five in 2.2 innings of work. Bowdoin recorded seven strikeouts with Whilhoite closing out the game and earning the win with five.