Bowdoin downs St. Jos. (Maine) behind Ridge's complete game, Regan's big day
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin received a complete game from starter Harry Ridge and a two-out, two-run single from senior Luke Regan in the fifth to take a 2-1 win against No. 21 Saint Joseph's (Maine) on Monday.
Winners of five of their last six games, the Polar Bears improved to 13-9 on the season. The Monks have lost three consecutive games and fell to 14-8 this year.
Ridge allowed four singles and struck out five batters, allowing one unearned run in the victory. Nick Whittaker took a tough-luck loss for the Monks, permitting two earned runs and six hits over seven innings of work.
Saint Joseph's took an early lead in the fourth inning, getting three of its four hits in succession. Nic Lops brought home Louie Vigars with a run-scoring single to give the visitors the lead. The Monks loaded the bases, but Ridge was able to get out of the jam with a pop out and a fly out to end the threat.
Bowdoin answered in the bottom of the fifth, putting runners on first and second with one out. Duncan Taylor struck out swinging, but the ball kicked away from home plate, allowing John Lefeber and Danny Findley to advance to second and third with two outs. Luke Regan ripped an RBI single to center, bringing home Lefeber and Findley to give Bowdoin the lead.
Ridge retired nine of the final 11 batters he faced to clinch the win. The Monks threatened in the bottom of the ninth, as Mike Pratt reached on an error to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt moved him to second base, Ridge was able to get Alex Markakis on a pop out to second. Alex Lorenc put a charge into the final pitch of the game, driving a long fly to left field. Bowdoin's Tim McGarry settled under it, a few feet shy of the warning track, to close out the contest.
Lefeber was the only batter with multiple hits, going 3-for-4 for Bowdoin.