WATERVILLE – Oliver Van Zant pitched a two-hitter and Bowdoin capitalized on walks and an error to earn a 6-1 win Friday over Colby in a New England Small College Athletic Conference baseball game.

The Polar Bears (16-11, 4-3 NESCAC East) opened a 4-1 lead before getting their first hit.

Colby pitcher Nathanael Sugarbaker was working on a no-hitter with nine strikeouts through 42/3 innings and had 1-0 lead. But Sugarbaker walked three straight batters, hit a batter to force in the tying run, then walked another for a 2-1 Bowdoin lead. An error accounted for two more runs.

Bowdoin’s Buddy Shea got his team’s first hit of the game, a one-out single to right field in the sixth. A throwing error moved Shea to third, and he scored on a groundout by Kyle LeBlanc.

Jordan Edgett singled to leadoff the seventh for Bowdoin, moved to second on a passed ball, took third on a throwing error, and scored on a single by Luke Regan.

Colby (12-13, 2-5) took a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Brandon Nieuw hit a leadoff double and eventually scored on a wild pitch.

TRINITY 3, BATES 1: Michael Rueger doubled over the left fielder’s head to drive home Alex Almeida and scored on a sacrifice fly as Trinity (22-7, 9-1 NESCAC East) got three runs in the third inning en route to a victory over the Bobcats (15-14, 1-6) at Hartford, Conn.

ST. JOSEPH’S SPLITS WITH JOHNSON & WALES: Chad Rafferty tossed a shutout as the Monks (30-4, 13-1 GNAC) won the first game of a doubleheader in Standish, beating Johnson & Wales 8-0.

The Wildcats (23-15, 11-3) countered with a 7-5 victory in the second game.

Rafferty (7-0) scattered six hits with two walks and nine strikeouts. Dan Achorn’s two-run triple capped a four-run second inning for St. Joseph’s. The Monks added four runs in the fourth, behind RBI doubles by Joe Coyne and Mike Pratt.

The Wildcats rallied for six runs in the seventh inning of the second game to overtake the Monks.


BOWDOIN 5, COLBY 0: Melissa DellaTorre pitched a complete game and Amy Hackett drove in a pair of runs for the Polar Bears (23-10, 4-3 NESCAC East) in a victory over Colby (8-17, 0-7) at Waterville.

Bowdoin scored three times in the first inning. Hillary Smyth walked to start the game and moved to second on a stolen base. Gen Barlow hit a one-out double to drive home Smyth and Hackett smacked a two-out RBI single to score Barlow. After Hackett stole second base, Casey Correa rapped an RBI single.

Bowdoin got its other runs in the sixth, when Hackett tripled home Barlow before scoring on Siena Mitman’s single.

TUFTS SWEEPS BATES: Lauren Giglio threw a no-hitter in the first game, and Allyson Fournier and Rebecca DiBiase combined for a four-hitter in the second game as Tufts (26-4, 11-0 NESCAC East) took a pair from the Bobcats (14-8, 4-4) at Lewiston, 2-0 and 5-0.

Giglio struck out 11 while yielding just a walk and two hit batters. Sara Hedtler scored on a fielder’s choice in the third and Lena Cantone scored on a wild pitch in the fifth.

In the second game, Emily Beinecke hit a two-run single in the second and Cantone added a two-run single in the third.


BATES 12, CONNECTICUT COLLEGE 11: Wally Pierce scored an unassisted goal with seven seconds left in the second overtime, giving the Bobcats (7-6, 3-6 NESCAC) a victory over Connecticut College (5-10, 1-8) in New London, Conn.

Joan O’Neill had four goals and an assist for Bates. Pierce, Jenna Dannis and SooHee Yoon each scored twice.