CLERMONT, Fla. — The Bowdoin College softball team opened its 2016 season with a pair of wins on Wednesday against Plymouth State and McDaniel.

The Polar Bears are 2-0 after a 4-2 victory over Plymouth State (4-5) and a 4-0 shutout against McDaniel (4- 8).

Julia Geaumont tallied the season’s first RBI, scoring Jordan Gowdy with a single in the bottom of the first. Plymouth State responded with a pair of unearned runs in the following inning, capitalizing on a Bowdoin error.

The Polar Bears regained the lead in the fourth as Claire McCarthy scored from second off a ball put in play by Emma Stevens. Katie Gately tallied two RBI in the following inning with a single to left. The senior drove in Caroline Rice and Marisa O’Toole.

Emily Griffin earned the win in the circle for Bowdoin, going seven innings while allowing just four hits. Griffin struck out a pair of batters and walked three.

In the win over McDaniel, neither team sent more than four batters to the plate through the first four innings of play.

The Polar Bears broke through in the top of the fifth as Samantha Valdivia tagged an RBI double to center that scored Ali Miller.

McDaniel advanced a runner to third with two outs in the bottom half of the fifth, but Geaumont forced a ground out to end the inning.

Lauren O’Shea reached second with a lead-off double and moved to third as Caroline Rice singled up the middle. Gately’s single to left center drove in the pair and extended Bowdoin’s lead.

O’Toole singled through the right side to drive in the Polar Bears’ fourth run in the top of the seventh.

Geaumont put in seven innings of work for Bowdoin and tallied five strikeouts while allowing as many hits. The senior walked a lone batter.

Bowdoin returns to the field today for a pair of games against Keene State and Western New England.

Men’s tennis

Despite being shorthanded by illness, Bowdoin won every match it was healthy enough to compete in an 8-1 win over Whitman on Wednesday in California.

The Polar Bears, ranked ninth in the latest ITA Division III poll, improved to 2-0, while the 18th-ranked Missionaries fell to 8-4.

Bowdoin swept doubles play for a commanding 3-0 lead heading into singles. Kyle Wolfe and Grant Urken took an impressive 8-2 win at No. 3, while Luke Tercek/Luke Trinka and Chase Savage/Gil Roddy both earned 8-6 wins at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively.

The Polar Bears were unable to field a player at No. 6 singles, defaulting the point to Whitman.

Bowdoin won every other singles match, including straight-set wins by Tercek (7-5, 6-3) and Roddy (6-1, 7-5). Trinka (6-2, 4-6, 10-8), Wolfe (2-6, 6-4, 6-2) and Urken (1-6, 6-4, 6-3) gutted out tough three-set wins to round out the day.

Bowdoin will look to extend its winning streak today against 24th-ranked Skidmore.

Men’s lacrosse

Peter Mumford made 13 saves as the Polar Bears overwhelmed Springfield for its second straight win.

Bowdoin improved to 2-1 and takes on Hamilton in Florida on Saturday.

After Springfield scored the game’s initial goal, Bowdoin rolled off four straight — courtesy of four different scorers — to take a 4-1 edge after one period.

The Pride closed the gap to 5-3 midway through the second quarter, but Brett Kujala and Clayton Wright both scored in the final three minutes before the break to give the Polar Bears a 7-3 edge at intermission.

The Polar Bears put the contest out of reach by scoring the first four goals of the second half. Brandon Lee started and ended the run with goals that pushed Bowdoin’s lead to 11-3.

Matthew Crowell scored a pair of fourth-quarter goals to put the game on ice.