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Finals: Tufts 9, Bowdoin 7; Tufts 12, Bowdoin 9
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College softball team fell in a pair of high-scoring games to Tufts on Saturday afternoon as the Jumbos earned a weekend sweep of the three-game NESCAC East Division series, 9-7 and 12-9.
23rd-ranked Tufts is now 14-3 on the year and 3-0 to begin NESCAC East play while Bowdoin falls to 12-7 (0-3). Bowdoin will play a double-header at Husson on Sunday afternoon starting at noon.
Bowdoin took the initial lead of the day, scoring in the first inning of game one. Junior 1B Gen Barlow walked with two outs and then scored on a double from junior SS Toni Dacampo.
The Jumbos quickly answered and grabbed the lead in the bottom half of the first. Senior CF Lizzy Iuppa walked with one out while senior 1B Lena Cantone reached on an error. Sophomore catcher Jo Clair blasted her third home run of the season to give Tufts a 3-1 advantage.
After Tufts added two more runs to take a 6-1 lead, the Polar Bears rallied to pull within two in the sixth inning, plating three runs on three hits. Barlow and Dacampo started the rally with back-to-back singles and then senior 2B Amy Hackett cleaned things up with her first homer of the year.
The Jumbos got three insurance runs back in the bottom of the sixth after the bases were loaded on walks. Beinecke drove in her second run of the game with a single and Holland added two more RBI to her total with a two-run double. Hackett would not let her Bowdoin club go away quietly in the seventh as she cleared the bases with a three-run double, but it was not enough as the Jumbos held on 9-7. Sophomore Rebecca DiBiase earned the victory in game one, pitching five innings and allowing a run on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. Tricia Thibodeau took the loss by allowing four earned runs in 2.2 innings for Bowdoin.
Once again in game two Bowdoin scored first, pushing across two runs in the second frame. Sophomore 3B Hanna Wurgaft had a run-scoring single and two batters later sophomore pitcher Melissa DellaTorre had an RBI groundout.
As in game one though, the Jumbos answered back and took the lead for good with five runs on six hits in the home half of the inning. Tufts followed up with four more in the third inning on a grand slam from Beinecke as she drove in seven runs in the game and nine total for the double-header.
Bowdoin would not go away though, scoring six runs on seven hits in the sixth inning sparked by a two-run home run by Dacampo. Sophomore catcher Casey Correa and Colantuno also added run-scoring hits. The Jumbos added three insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run double by Parr and an RBI single from sophomore catcher Chrissie Massrey.
First-year Allyson Fournier recorded the final four outs with strikeouts to earn the save for Tufts. Sophomore Lauren Giglio improved her record to 2-0 after going 5.2 innings, surrendering eight runs on eight hits. She struck out six and walked two batters. DellaTorre took the loss for Bowdoin.
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