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Pitching leads Bowdoin to sweep of baseball

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- More stellar pitching performances, this time from from Henry Van Zant and Christian Martin, allowed Bowdoin to complete a three-game sweep of the Bates baseball team on Saturday afternoon, 6-2 and 10-1.

Bowdoin improves 12-9 (4-2 NESCAC) with the wins while Bates drops to 8-8 (2-4 NESCAC).

A day after his older brother Oliver pitched eight shutout innings in a 7-5 Bowdoin win, Henry Van Zant tossed a complete game in the seven-inning opener, allowing no earned runs and striking out five while permitting four hits. Bowdoin carried a 2-1 lead into the top of the fifth when an RBI ground out by junior Kevin Davis (North Andover, Mass.) plated junior Griff Tewksbury (Concord, N.H.) to tie the score. Bowdoin replied in the bottom of the frame with a two-run single by Luke Regan to take the lead for good. Bowdoin added two insurance runs in the sixth to seal the win.

Junior lefthander Brad Reynolds (Lafayette, Colo.) had a solid start for Bates, going four innings and permitting one earned run before giving way to Michael Spinosa (Charlottesville, Va.), who took the loss by allowing three earned runs in 1.2 frames of relief.

Ryan Sonberg went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the opener for Bates. Regan went 2-3 with three RBIs to lead the Bowdoin offense.

Bowdoin scored four times in the first three innings of Game 2 to take an early advantage. After a first-inning RBI groundout by Duncan Taylor, John Lefeber laced a two-run single in the second and Regan knocked home another run on a fielder's choice in the third. That proved to be all Martin would need, as the lefthander allowed only four hits and struck out 10 over seven innings of work. Bates scored its lone run in the top of the fifth when Sonberg delivered a run-scoring single. But Bowdoin replied with a five-run sixth, highlighted by a two-run double by Tim McGarry, to put the contest out of reach.

Junior Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) took the loss for Bates by permitting four earned runs over the first three innings. McGarry went 4-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Oliver Van Zant went 2-3 with a walk and two runs scored as the Polar Bears stole seven bases in the victory.

Bates will return to action next Saturday at Becker, in a doubleheader starting at 4pm.

Game 1 Box Score

Game 2 Box Score