Polar Bears Squash Eagles' Comeback One Run Short, 8-7

Photo by Monty Rand Photography
Photo by Monty Rand Photography

BANGOR, Maine - Despite a five-run fifth inning, the Husson Eagles (16-14, 6-4 NAC) fell to the Bowdoin Polar Bears (5-17-1, 3-6 NESCAC) by a final score of 8-7 with the tying run left stranded on base. 

The Polar Bears got out to a quick start, scoring three runs to open the game. Husson scored their first run in the second inning, when Alex Chapman scored on an RBI single by Brandon Smith. Bowdoin would respond right away, tacking on two runs in the third inning and three in the fifth, securing a confident 8-1 lead.

The Husson bats woke up in the fifth inning, as the Eagles would get back into the ballgame by scoring a total of five runs. Kobe Rogerson and David LeBlanc both had RBI singles in the inning, while Ethan Stoddard added a two-run RBI triple. Stoddard would come around to score on another RBI single by B. Smith, cutting the deficit to 8-6.

The Eagles would make it interesting by scoring a run in the sixth inning, when Nick Guerrette scored on a wild pitch, but it would prove to be too little, too late. Husson was unable to produce the tying run, and fell short by a final score of 8-7 in nine innings. 

ON THE MOUND:

Blake Slicer (2-2), who started the game and earned the loss, threw 2.2 innings, giving up three earned runs on seven hits while striking out two batters.

Andrew Cohen (1-1), earned a win on the road for Bowdoin, throwing 4.1 innings, and allowing six earned runs on eight hits while adding on four punch outs.

HUSSON LEADERS:

  • Brandon Smith had two RBI in the game, going 3-4 on the day.
  • Ethan Stoddard roped a two-run RBI triple in the fifth inning, and also scored a run.
  • Dustin Crawford was the lone Eagle to steal a base as he stepped in to pinch run. 

BOWDOIN LEADERS:

  • Ejaaz Jiu reached base three times in the game, with an RBI and one run scored
  • Both Robbie Sarmanian and James McCarthy had two RBI in the game including a triple for McCarthy.

UP NEXT!

The Eagles will be on the road tomorrow afternoon, April 18th, for a matchup at Bates College for their third-straight game day in a row. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m. for one nine inning non-conference game.