AUBURNDALE, Fla

The Bowdoin baseball team opened the 2017 season with a 7-4 victory over Roger Williams before falling 5-0 in game two on Sunday afternoon.

The Polar Bears begin the season at 1-1, while Roger Williams collects its first win of the season to climb to 1-3.

Bowdoin took an early lead in the top of the first as a bases loaded walk by Joe Gentile pushed Nick Sadler across the plate. The Hawks evened the game in the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single to center.

RWU took its first lead of the game as Joey Gulino blasted a solo shot over the left field fence in the third, making it 2- 1.

Sean Mullaney doubled to right in the top of the fourth, allowing Cody Todesco to score, evening the game.

Another bases loaded walk in the fifth, this time to Sadler, pushed Connor Lee home. With Bowdoin leading 3-2, Anthony Dominguez singled to left field and drove in a pair of runs before being tagged out at second to regain the lead for RWU.

The game’s final four runs all came off Bowdoin bats. Colby Joncas tagged an RBI triple to right and Gentile sent Joncas home with a single, to put a pair of runs on the board in the sixth.

Evann Dumont-LaPoint gave the Polar Bears some breathing room with a two-run blast to left. Joncas went 3- for-4 with two RBI and Gentile was 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Kyle Stanley went 4.1 innings on the mound, while allowing four hits and as many runs. Stanley walked four and fanned a pair.

Ryan Dixon earned the win with 2.2 innings of work. Dixon allowed two hits and notched two K’s.

Game two

The Hawks shut out Bowdoin in game two, allowing just three hits. The Polar Bears gave up 14 hits and surrendered five runs.

Justine Stone put RWU on the board in the top of the second with an RBI single to right. In the following inning, the Hawks put up three more runs. Gulino singled to right center and Sean Gaffney sent a sacrifice fly to left, accounting for a pair of runs. RWU capitalized on an error during a stolen base attempt to extend their lead to 4-0.

Danny Roth capped the game with an RBI single down the left-field line in the fifth. Bowdoin’s pitching staff combined for six strikeouts and three walks. James Speer got the start on the mound, going 2.2 innings, and allowed seven hits with four runs. Justin Schachter notched a pair of K’s in the final inning.

Mullaney, Sawyer Billings, and Matt Whalen all went 1-for- 3 at the plate.

Up next — The Polar Bears face Salve Regina in a Tuesday morning doubleheader beginning at 10:00 a.m.


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