LEWISTON, Maine -- Bowdoin pitchers limited the Bates baseball team to four hits in both games, as the Polar Bears won both ends of a NESCAC East Division doubleheader on Saturday at Leahey Field, 3-0 in Game 1 and 6-1 in Game 2.
The road team won all three games of the rivals' series. Bowdoin now stands 13-8 overall and 2-1 in conference play, while Bates drops to 12-10 overall, 1-5 in the NESCAC East.
Bowdoin's Oliver Van Zant outdueled Bates sophomore Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) in Game 1, allowing just four hits and no walks while striking out nine in a complete-game, seven-inning shutout. Baroni was effective too, limiting the Polar Bears to three runs (two earned) on seven hits and no walks while striking out two, also in a complete-game effort.
Bowdoin got ahead in the second inning as Jeff Edgett hit a leadoff double, then scored from second base on a fly ball out, taking advantage of Bates first-year right fielder Nate Pajka's (Douglas, Mass.) fall after he made the catch. Edgett scored the Polar Bears' second run in the fourth, leading off again with a base hit, moving to second on a hit by Dan Findley and scoring on Luke Regan's sacrifice fly. Bowdoin tacked on a third run in the seventh inning, when Kyle LeBlanc led off with a single, stole both second and third base and scored on Erik Jacobsen's single.
Bowdoin followed a similar formula in winning Game 2, riding the pitching of lefthander Tim Welch, who held the Bobcats scoreless until the eighth inning. Welch allowed just one run on four hits and two walks, striking out four to move to 2-0 on the season. Henry Van Zant pitched a scoreless ninth.
Welch got all the run support he needed in the third inning, when Bowdoin plated four runs. Aaron Rosen drew a one-out walk, then reached third base on a single by Tim McGarry and a wild pitch. With McGarry running for second base on ball four to Jacobsen, a momentary lapse of judgment allowed Rosen to steal home in a heads-up play. John Lefeber then clouted a three-run home run over the left-field fence to make it 4-0.
Bowdoin added two more runs on four hits in the fifth inning, including a double by Jacobsen and RBI singles by Lefeber and Findley to chase Bates senior starter Karl Alexander (Cambridge, Mass.), who dropped to 3-3. Junior Mike Antonellis (Sudbury, Mass.) and sophomore lefthander Chris Fusco (Annapolis, Md.) were charged with no runs in successive two-inning relief appearances.
Bates got its only run of the day in the eighth, when sophomore Ryan Curit (South Portland, Maine) hit a one-out single, then came home on sophomore Griff Tewksbury's (Concord, N.H.) double over the head of Bowdoin right fielder Lefeber.