Bowdoin bounced from D-III tourney

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HARWICH, Mass. – The Bowdoin College baseball team saw its best-ever season come to an end Thursday with a 10-8 loss to Middlebury.

Gabe Broughton and Nick Lefeber led the Panthers (25-10) with three hits apiece, while Noah Walker had three RBIs. Bowdoin jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the squad from Vermont rallied to pull ahead 2-1 after three.

The Polar Bears (28-10-1) added two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and four in the fifth to take a 7-4 advantage into the sixth. Middlebury bounced back with three runs in the seventh to tie the game at 7-7. Walker lofted a single to left-center in the eighth, scoring two more runs to put the Panthers ahead 9-7. An error by Chris McCann allowed another run to score, giving Middlebury a 10-7 edge.

Bowdoin loaded the bases with nobody out in the bottom of the ninth, as McCann singled before John Lawrie and Jared Lemieux reached on errors. Ricky Leclerc grounded into a double-play, scoring McCann and cutting the lead to 10-8. Joe Berte grounded out to first base to end the game as Middlebury held on to win, despite making a season-high eight errors.

W. New England 11, St. Joseph’s 10

HARWICH, Mass. – Chris Fredericks belted an RBI single to score Mike Beck in the 10th inning and lift Western New England to a 11-10 victory over St. Joseph’s College in the 2006 NCAA Division III New England Regional Baseball Tournament Thursday.

Chris Newell and Garrison Ward led Western New England (35-10) with a combined six hits and four RBIs. The Monks (34-9-1) were paced by Ben Muniz with three hits and four RBIs, while Luke Enman had two hits and three RBIs. Third baseman Mark Clapp tallied three hits and one RBI on the day, while Wade Oliver added two hits. Sam Tupper was saddled with the loss after allowing seven runs in the final three innings.

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