LAKELAND, Fla. — The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts baseball team concluded their southern trip with a pair of setbacks to Bowdoin College. The Trailblazers fell 3-2 in the opener and 5-0 in the nightcap. MCLA falls to 1-7 with the losses, while the Polar Bears improve to 6-1.
In the opener, Bowdoin scored a run in the first inning off MCLA starter Cody Weaver to grab an early lead. The Trailblazers responded with a run in the third inning to tie the score. J.T. Ferraro's knocked in Joe Duncan, who earlier reached on a bunt single. MCLA then grabbed the lead in the fourth inning as Tyler Benoit belted a one-out double and moved to third on Rory Slattery's single. An infield error allowed Benoit to score giving the Trailblazers a brief lead.
Bowdoin had the answer though. They knotted the score in the fifth inning, loading the bases with no one out. A fly to left field resulted in a double play as Chase Preite gunned down the tying run. The Bears' Kyle Leblanc would come up with a key two-out single to drive in the pivotal run. Weaver escaped further damage until the sixth.
A leadoff double to left from Dan Findley was followed by a walk and a sacrifice bunt putting runners on second and third with one out. Following an intentional pass to Luke Regan, Timothy McGarry was hit by a pitch to push across the go-ahead run. Weaver fanned the next two hitters to keep MCLA in it though.
MCLA had a chance in the seventh as Derek Lescarbeau was stranded at second base
to end the game.
In game two, Trailblazer Benoit and Bowdoin's Harry Ridge were locked in a pitchers duel into the fifth inning. The Polar Bears Matt Savard' lead off the inning with a solo home run to left. Bowdoin then tacked on two more runs in the frame using two more hits and two walks to grab a 3-0 lead.
Ridge was cruising as he allowed just two hits in his six innings of work. He fanned seven hitters to earn the win. Bowdoin pushed across two more runs on a pair of wild pitches in the sixth to pull away.
Bowdoin outhit MCLA 9-2 in game two.
Ferraro had a solid day for MCLA as he had four hits on the afternoon.
MCLA will return home to face Clark on Tuesday at 3 p.m.