FARMINGTON – Bowdoin College’s Kara Nilan tossed six innings of one-hit ball in a 1-0 opening win, and the Polar Bears rallied for a 6-4 victory over the University of Maine at Farmington in the nightcap Thursday of UMF’s season-opening softball doubleheader at Prescott Field.
In the opener, Nilan walked two and struck out seven on the mound and also collected a pair of singles for Bowdoin (16-7). Julia Jacobs picked up the save with a walk and two strikeouts.
Farmington starter Jess Timmreck cattered six hits while allowing one unearned run. Timmreck walked two and struck out one.
Hillary Smyth doubled home Lauren Coven in the second inning for the lone Bowdoin run. Coven reached and advanced on a pair of Farmington errors.
Nilan held the Beavers hitless until a bunt single by Timmreck in the sixth inning. Shannon Mitchell and Sam Morency of Lewiston each rapped a single in the seventh with one out, but Jacobs retired the final two batters to close out the win.
In game two, Gen Barlow (smacked a solo home run and Shavonne Lord clubbed an RBI double to break a 4-4 tie in the seventh.
The Beavers led 3-1 after five innings on a Caitlin Flaherty RBI single and Emily Coye run-scoring double. But Bowdoin took advantage of four free passes in the sixth, highlighted by a Smyth two-run two-bagger, to take a 4-3 edge.
Farmington evened the game at 4-4 in the home half of the frame on an RBI groundout by McKell Barnes, but Barlow led off the seventh with a homer that deflected out off the leftfielder’s glove. Clair Ronan followed with a single, advanced on a fielder’s choice and scored on Lord’s hit.
Coven singled and doubled for Bowdoin with Caroline Dewar (also supplying a pair of hits.
Rachel Clement doubled and tripled for the Beavers. Timmreck singled twice, and Coye and Casandra Dyer each had a double.
Michelle Wells picked up the win with two innings of relief with a walk and two strikeouts.