AMHERST, Mass. – Hosts Amherst College were unable to push the tying run across and fell to Bowdoin College 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2018 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament.
Amherst (27-6) will await its postseason fate, which will be announced on Monday with the NCAA tournament selections. Bowdoin (31-11), won both of their games on Saturday and advances to Sunday's championship game.
The Mammoths outhit Bowdoin 6-5 but fell behind when the Polar Bears plated a run in the first and another in the bottom of the third.
Caroline Rice was 2-3 at the plate and accounted for both of Bowdoin's runs. She had an RBI single to score senior Jordan Gowdy in the first frame, and an RBI double to plate Lauren O'Shea two frames later.
Bowdoin was able to fend off multiple Amherst rallies in the 5th and 6th in order to keep the one run lead and secure the win, as the Mammoths ended up leaving eleven runners on base.
Starter Gina Pagan '18 was charged with the loss, falling to 11-5 on the year. Pagan struck out two and gave up just four hits over four innings. Lorena Ukanwa '19 threw two scoreless innings in relief.
Samantha Roy tossed four and a third innings for Bowdoin, moving to 5-1 on the year. Ruby Siltanen was brilliant in relief for the Polar Bears, giving up just one hit and striking out five batters in two and two-thirds scoreless innings.
Bowdoin will play the winner of Williams vs. Tufts in the NESCAC Championship tomorrow at 10 a.m. at Amherst Softball Fields. The Polar Bears will be looking for their first NESCAC title and are appearing in their fourth championship game.