AMHERST, Mass. — Bowdoin College advanced to Sunday’s finals in the New England Small College Athletic Conference baseball tournament despite losing its opening game and playing 22 total innings, but torrential rains washed out the final day of play. Tufts University was awarded the tourney title by virtue of its 2-0 record. Bowdoin would have had to beat Tufts twice to win.
Tufts 26-7-1 moves on to the NCAA Division III tournament and Bowdoin (24-14) will hope for an at-larger berth.
In the first game, the Tufts University Jumbos edged Bowdoin 4-2 in 12 innings as David Orlowitz hit an RBI triple and Sam Sager added an RBI single with one out in the top of the final inning. Edward Bernstein pitched 4 2/3 innings innings to earn the win in relief.
Sager and Orlowitz each had three hits to pace the Jumbos.
Jordan Lefeber pitched 7 1/3 innings of two-run, eight-hit ball and also led the Polar Bears with four singles in six at-bats. Bowdoin had a chance to win the game in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and a runner on second, but Tufts threw out the runner at home on Lefeber’s single to right field.
In the second game, senior centerfielder Brendan Garner scored the game-winning run with a double in the top of the 10th inning as Bowdoin nipped Amherst College 6-5.
Garner also singled in the game while Jordan Edgett hit a two-run homer and a single for three RBIs. Ben Higgins pitched 7 1/3 strong innings of five-hit ball before Evan Farley pitched the last two innings and notched the win despite giving up one run on three hits.
Tufts |000|001|010|-002 — 4 12 1
Bowdoin |000|011|000|000 — 2 10 2
O’Donnell, Bernstein (8) and Cutsumpas; Lefeber, Edwards (8), Van Zant (12) and Taylor
Amherst |100|000|031|0 — 5 9 3
Bowdoin |001|020|002|1 — 6 10 3
Shepard, Metz (9), Windham (9) and Samela; Higgins, Loughlin (8), Farley (9) and Taylor
ECSU 5, Saint Joseph’s 1
At Providence, R.I., Saturday, the Eastern Connecticut State Warriors advanced to the championship round of the NCAA Division III softball championship as junior pitcher Molly Rathbun stayed unbeaten this season (22-0) by taming the Saint Joseph’s College hitters.
Rathbun allowed one run on four hits while notching nine strikeouts. She also had an RBI. Molly Godwin had a double, a single, and a run for the Warriors.
The Monks are the first team to score a run and get a hit against Rathbun at the NCAA regional.
Connie Grovo hit a two-out RBI double in the second inning. Maddie Kluna had a rocky first inning and left the game after giving up four runs on five hits over five innings.
Saint Joseph’s |001|000|0 — 1 5 1
E. Connecticut |310|001|x — 5 7 1
Kluna, Copan (6) and Labbe; Rathbun and Bondy
RI College 7, Saint Joseph’s 4
At Providence, R.I., Sunday, Kayla Jandreau hit a two-run home run and Stacy Pokora had three singles and an RBI to pace Rhode Island College and eliminate Saint Joseph’s College of Standish from the NCAA Division III softball tournament.
Kristina Gingell also hit three singles for Rhode Island. Amanda Berard notched the complete-game win.
Alyssa Dunn led the offense for the 37-10 Monks, going 3-for-3 with a home run, two singles, and two RBIs. Heather Tripp hit a two-run home run.
R.I. College |003|002|2 — 7 11 1
team |000|200|2 — 4 8 3
Berard and K. Jandreau; Kluna, Walsh (7) and Howard
UNE, Brandeis finish second
At Keene, N.H., Sunday, the University of New England and Brandeis battled to a 7-7 tie in seven innings before rain ended the contest in the elimination round of the ECAC Division III New England Softball Championship.
Host Keene State was awarded the title because of its 2-0 record in the tourney while UNE and Brandeis shared second place.