STANDISH, Maine – Saint Joseph's College (16-5) defeated Bowdoin College (9-10), 14-4, in a non-conference baseball game at Larry Mahaney Diamond on Monday afternoon. The victory extends the Monks' winning streak to 13 games, the team's longest win string since St. Joe's won 13 straight in 2006.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Saint Joseph's jumped out to a 4-0 lead off two hits and a pair of Bowdoin errors in the bottom of the first, when sophomore Ben Gravel (Rochester, N.H.) knocked in two runs with a single up the middle and senior catcher Jacob White (Salem, N.H.) and sophomore third baseman Will Martin (Arlington, Mass.) scored on a throwing error.
The Polar Bears responded with two runs off three hits in the top of the second, but left the bases loaded as SJC sophomore starter Matt Demma (Worcester, Mass.) induced an inning-ending ground out to escape further damage.
The Monks extended their lead to 7-2 in the third, when junior left fielder Jared Gagne (Dover, N.H.) plated three runs with a bases-loaded double with two out. In the bottom of the fourth, Martin roped a two-run double while junior first baseman Noah McDaniel (Eliot, Maine) and freshman second baseman Luke Johnson (East Hampton, Conn.) registered run-scoring singles to make it an 11-2 game.
St. Joe's tacked on three runs off four hits in the fifth frame, when McDaniel worked a bases-loaded walk and Johnson knocked in a pair with a single to center field.
Bowdoin added single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, as freshman Matt Nakamoto (Honolulu, Hawaii) notched an RBI single in the former and freshman Jack Bliss (Chelmsford, Mass.) posted a run-scoring base hit in the latter to account for the 14-4 final.
ON THE MOUND:
- Demma allowed two runs (one earned) off five hits and three walks with five strikeouts in four innings
- Senior Aaron Hall (Haverhill, Mass.) was credited with the win after allowing a hit while fanning a pair in a scoreless inning of relief
- Sophomore Jonathon Rolfe (Plainville, Mass.) tossed 11 pitches during a perfect sixth inning
- Sophomore Troy Bogdahn (Hollis, Maine) and seniors Travis Godbout (Portland, Maine) and Josh Partridge (Deerfield, N.H.) combined to allow two runs off three hits with four strikeouts in the closing three innings
- Bowdoin freshman starter Peter O'Connell (Andover, Mass.) falls to 1-2 on the season after giving up four runs (two earned) off two hits and three walks in 1.1 innings
- Justin Schachter (Millwood, N.Y.), Connor Rooney (Southborough, Mass.), Logan Simon (Los Angeles, Calif.), Ryan Dixon (Portland, Maine), Beckett Slayton (Blue Hill, Maine), and Ryan Winn (Rochester, N.Y.) combined to allow 10 runs (seven earned) off 13 hits and two walks in the final 6.2 innings
OFF THE BAT:
- Gagne was 2-4 with a run, a double, two steals, and three RBI
- Johnson went 2-4 with a run and three RBI
- Martin added two runs, two hits, a double, and a pair of RBI in four at-bats
- Junior shortstop Joey Murphy (Derry, N.H.) was 2-4 with a run and two steals
- Junior right fielder Anthony DiPrizio (Rochester, N.H.) went 2-3 with two runs scored
- White went 2-4 with two runs and a double
- Gravel was 2-5 with two runs and a pair of RBI
- McDaniel was 1-1 with two runs, two RBI, and a stolen base
- Bowdoin freshman first baseman Brendan O'Neil (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) went 3-5 with a run scored
With the victory, Saint Joseph's improves to 27-24-3 in the history of the series with Bowdoin College. The Polar Bears topped the Monks by a 6-2 score in the last meeting between these two teams, a game played on April 27th, 2016 in Brunswick.
Saint Joseph's plays at Endicott College tomorrow at 4:00 PM.
Saint Joseph's College is Maine's only Catholic liberal arts college, providing a supportive, personalized and career-focused education for more than 100 years. From its 474-acre campus on the shores of Sebago Lake, the College offers more than 40 undergraduate programs to a population of approximately 1,000 students. Saint Joseph's College Online provides certificates, undergraduate and advanced degrees for working adults through an online learning program. For more, visit www.sjcme.edu.