AMHERST, Mass. — Caroline Rice drove in a pair of runs as the Bowdoin softball team beat Amherst 2-1 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference semifinals on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Bowdoin (31-11) beat Middlebury 3-2. The Polar Bears advance to face Williams at 10 a.m. Sunday in the championship game.

In the semifinal game, Bowdoin took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Rice, who doubled in the third to make it 2-0.

Amherst ends the year 27-6.

In their first game Saturday, Bowdoin walked off with the win over Middlebury (20-11) when Lauren O’Shea hit an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

STONY BROOK 6, MAINE 2: Melissa Rahrich hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth, and pitched a complete game, as the Seawolves (23-20) beat the Black Bears (20-23) in Stony Brook, New York.

SIMMONS 4, ST. JOSEPH’S 1: Dom Ortiz drove in the go-ahead run with a two-run single in the top of the sixth as the third-seeded Sharks (22-18) beat the fourth-seeded Monks (20-19) in the semifinals of the GNAC tournament in Boston.

COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH 7, SOUTHERN MAINE CC 1: McKenzie Ebert pitched a complete game as the No. 2 Lady Saints (17-18) beat the No. 3 SeaWolves (20-15) in the semifinals of the Yankee Small College Conference tournament in Rutland, Vermont.


BOWDOIN 11, AMHERST 9: The fourth-seeded Polar Bears (14-4) scored five straight goals to open the second half after trailing 7-3 and beat the second-seeded Mammoths (15-3) in the semifinals of the NESCAC tournament in Middlebury, Vermont.

Bowdoin plays No. 1 Middlebury in the final at 1 p.m. Sunday.


ST. JOSEPH’S ADVANCES IN GNAC TOURNAMENT: Joey Murphy hit a sacrifice fly in the eighth inning as the Monks (29-12) beat the Wildcats (24-18) 3-2 to advance to the GNAC final, in Standish.

St. Joseph’s will face Suffolk on Sunday at noon. The Monks need to win twice to win the championship.

St. Joseph’s beat Lasers 9-5 earlier Saturday to stay alive in the double-elimination tourney.

SOUTHERN MAINE 6, BATES 5: Sam Troiano hit a two-run single as the Huskies (27-10) scored three runs in the third inning and beat the Bobcats (14-17) in a non-conference game in Lewiston.

Bates took a 2-0 lead in the first when Justin White hit a two-run double.

BOWDOIN 3, COLBY 2: The Polar Bears (15-17) scored three times in the fifth inning to beat the Mules (7-23) in Brunswick.

UMAINE SPLITS WITH BINGHAMTON: Jeremy Pena had an RBI single and scored on an single by Hernen Sardinas as the Black Bears (13-29, 7-10 America East) scored twice in the fifth inning to take the lead and win the second game 4-2 to earn a split with the Bearcats (14-26-1, 7-12) in Orono.

The Bearcats won the first game 7-4.

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