Bowdoin exploded for four runs in the fourth inning and held on for a 5-2 road college baseball victory over Brandeis on Tuesday.

The Polar Bears improved to 7-12, while Brandeis fell to 1-14.

Brandon Lopez was 3-for- 4 at the plate for Bowdoin, with Jack Wilhoite also picking up three hits and Colby Joncas going 2-for-3.

Cody Todesco scored the game’s first run for the Polar Bears in the first, coming home on a sacrifice fly ball by Joe Gentile.

Bowdoin made it a 5-0 contest in the fourth. Sean Mullaney picked up an RBI with a sacrifice fly, and Todesco tripled to plate Wilhoite for a 3-0 lead. Lopez and Evann Dumont-LaPointe added an RBI single each to complete the uprising.

Brandeis scored its runs in the fifth. Dan O’Leary was hit with a pitch with the bases loaded to force in a run, and Ryan Tettemer followed with a bases-loaded walk.

Colby Lewis and five relievers combined on the hill for Bowdoin. They allowed five hits and two walks with nine strikeouts.

Bowdoin is scheduled to host Trinity in a New England Small College Athletic Conference Eastern Division series this upcoming weekend. Friday is a 3p.m. start, followed by Saturday’s noon doubleheader.

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Keene State used a big second quarter to earn a 14-8 road win at Bowdoin on Tuesday evening.

The Owls improved to 7-3, while the 15th-ranked Polar Bears dropped to 7-4 this season.

The teams traded goals in the first quarter before a pair of late scores by the Owls, including a tally with less than a second remaining to give the visitors a 4-2 advantage after one period.

Rob Hart kept Keene State rolling in the second quarter, scoring three consecutive goals to push his team’s lead to 7-2 with 5:21 remaining in the half.

Sam Carlin stopped the bleeding for Bowdoin with a face-off win and goal just seven seconds later, but Ryan Askham and Hunter Arnold responded with goals for Keene State to give the Owls a 9-3 lead at intermission.

Bowdoin made several bids to climb back into the contest in the second half, but failed to get closer than five goals as each score was answered by the Owls.

Hart was solid for Keene State, scoring five goals and assisting on two others. Bryan Rotatori had three goals and an assist for the Owls.

Bowdoin was paced by four goals from Brett Kujala.

Bowdoin returns to NESCAC action on Saturday at home against Wesleyan at 1 p.m.

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