Baseball

About the Program
One of the eldest varsity teams in collegiate sports history, the Bowdoin College baseball team began playing around 1867, with its first intercollegiate competition against Dartmouth in 1869. Nearly 140 years later, the Polar Bears have accumulated nearly 1,000 wins and have established themselves as one of the top teams in New England.

Bowdoin's rich history has seen numerous players earn regional and national honors, including David DeCew '99 and Matt McDonald '97 both leading Division III in batting average during their careers. More recently, the Polar Bears have twice qualified for the NESCAC Tournament- including the rights to host the event in 2006, when they were the Eastern Division Champions. Bowdoin has enjoyed a resurgence in the last four seasons, setting school records in victories three times in the last four years.

Indoor practices begin February in mid-February in Farley Field House. The team makes an annual trip to Florida in the spring, where they play between eight and 12 games before returning north for regional and NESCAC Conference play.

2007 Recap
A year after enjoying the best season in school history, the Polar Bears returned to the NESCAC Tournament and placed second in the League's Eastern Division. A young, exciting squad was paced by rookie Joe Pace, who collected Second-Team All-NESCAC honors as a pitcher/outfielder. Bowdoin ended the season with a record of 18-16, defeating rival Trinity in a best-of-three series to clinch the postseason bid.

Facilities
The Polar Bears can boast one of the most playable fields in New England. With incredible drainage and caretaking, Pickard Field is one of the earliest available diamonds in New England each spring. Indoor practices are held, when necessary, at Farley Field House, which has an indoor batting cage and weight-training facility.

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Baseball Coaching Staff

Head coach: Mike Connolly
Assistant coaches: Trevor Powers, Manny Lora, Jared Lemieux

The spring of 2008 will be the tenth season as head coach of the Bowdoin baseball team for Mike Connolly. Connolly, who joined the staff in 1999 after a four-year stint as an assistant at Brandeis (Mass.) University, is the 17th coach in the 140-year history of the Bowdoin baseball program.

In his years at Bowdoin, he has turned the program into one of the most successful in New England as the squad has set a school record for wins in a single-season in three of the past four years. In addition, the Polar Bears set a school mark of 27 wins in 2006, earning the NESCAC Eastern Division crown and reaching their first-ever NCAA Tournament bid.

Bowdoin had a breakout season in 2004 under Connolly, surpassing 20 wins in a season for the first time in school history. As a result, Connolly was named NESCAC Coach of the Year as the team qualified for their first-ever NESCAC Tournament. The Polar Bears have consistently been ranked in the New England Coaches' poll for the past few seasons and have earned a reputation as one of the hardest-working squads in the region.

Before joining Bowdoin, Connolly was an assistant coach for Brandeis and Stonehill (Mass.) Colleg. He has also gained teaching experience by working with the Waltham (Mass.) Public School system and Brockton (Mass.) High School. Connolly has also worked extensively with a variety of baseball camps in Eastern Massachusetts as an instructor and lecturer.

Connolly graduated from Brandeis in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in American Studies. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Brandeis baseball team and was twice named All-New England as a third baseman. After his junior season, Connolly was also selected a Greater Boston League All-Star, an Eastern College Athletic Conference All-Star and a University Athletic Association All-Star. He was also a two-year member of the Judges' men's basketball team, receiving the Stein Award for his dedication to the program.

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Baseball Roster

# Name Year Pos. Hgt. Wgt. Hometown/School
1 Adam Marquit 11 IF 6-0 169 New York, N.Y./Trinity
2 Reid Auger 10 C/IF 5-9 200 Billerica, Mass./St. John's Prep
3 K.J. Kozens 08 IF 5-9 165 Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth
4 Nick Tom 10 OF 5-8 180 Newton Square, Pa./Haverford
6 Jason Koperniak 09 OF 6-0 205 Adams, Mass./Hoosac Valley
7 Marc Dallaire 09 OF 5-8 165 Peabody, Mass./Peabody
8 Matt Ruane 11 P/IF 5-11 178 Belmont, Mass./Belmont
9 Carter Butland 10 P/OF 5-11 175 Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington
10 Scott Ogden 10 IF 6-1 170 Monmouth, Maine/Monmouth Acad.
11 Joe Pace 10 P/OF 5-10 165 Newburyport, Mass./Newburyport
13 Brett Gorman 11 IF 5-10 173 Bedford, N.Y./Fox Lane
14 Frank Prieto 08 OF 6-2 210 Oradell, N.J./St. Joseph's Palisades
15 Brendan Garner 11 OF 6-2 166 Swampscott, Mass./Swampscott
16 Patrick Driscoll 08 P 6-1 200 Braintree, Mass./Thayer Academy
17 Evan Farley 11 P 6-1 176 Hampden, Maine/Hampden Acad.
18 Dan Hicks 11 IF 6-4 200 New York, N.Y./Trinity
19 Ryan Turgeon 08 P 5-11 175 Auburn, Maine/St. Dominic
20 Brooks Winner 10 C 5-8 160 Chatham, N.Y./Chatham
21 Ben Higgins 11 P/IF 5-10 180 Moncton, N.B./Moncton
22 Sean Kleier 09 P 6-0 200 Louisville, Ky./Kentucky Country Day
23 Ian Merry 09 P 6-4 215 Salem, Mass./St. John's Prep
24 Bill Donahue 11 P/OF 6-2 192 E. Walpole, Mass./Milton Acad.
25 Joe Comizio 11 P/OF 5-4 200 Vienna, Va./Gonzaga
26 Matt Downey 11 P 6-0 166 W. Hartford, Conn./Conard
27 Kevin Zikaras 10 IF 6-2 215 Milford, Conn./Avon Old Farms
28 Luke Potter 10 P 6-1 175 Lewiston, Maine/Lewiston
29 Luke Flinn 10 C 6-1 200 New York, N.Y./Hotchkiss
30 Joe Berte 09 IF 6-0 225 Marlborough, Mass./Marlborough
31 Eric Chenelle 10 P 6-3 230 Dunstable, Mass./Tyngsboro
32 Steve Hall 10 P 6-3 175 Bath, Maine/Morse
33 Nick Pisegna 11 C 5-10 170 Lexington, Mass./Lexington
34 Patrick Duchette 08 1B/OF 5-11 200 Wales, Maine/Oak Hill
35 Simon Fischweicher 11 P 5-10 161 New York, N.Y./Bronx Science

Head Coach: Mike Connolly
Assistant Coaches: Trevor Powers, Manny Lora, Jared Lemieux
Team Captains: Pat Driscoll, Pat Duchette
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 Baseball Schedule

Date/TimeOpponent Result Score
03/12/2008,  10:30AMvs. Pitt-Bradford (Game 1)
at Phoenix, Ariz.
W  8-0
03/12/2008,  1:30PMvs. Pitt-Bradford (Game 2)
at Phoenix, Ariz.
W  17-10
03/13/2008,  2:00PMvs. Cortland State
at Phoenix, Ariz.
L  11-8
03/14/2008,  12:00PMvs. Central (Game 1)
at Phoenix, Ariz.
W  10-9
03/14/2008,  3:00PMvs. Central (Game 2)
at Phoenix, Ariz.
L  18-13
03/15/2008,  9:00AMvs. Dickinson
at Phoenix, Ariz.
W  15-6
03/17/2008,  12:30PMvs. Roger Williams (Game 1)
at Phoenix, Ariz.
L  14-1
03/17/2008,  3:30PMvs. Roger Williams (Game 2)
at Phoenix, Ariz.
W  5-2
03/18/2008,  9:30AMvs. Hope (Game 1)
at Phoenix, Ariz.
W  5-4
03/18/2008,  12:30PMvs. Hope (Game 2)
at Phoenix, Ariz.
W  10-4
03/19/2008,  2:00PMvs. Springfield
at Phoenix, Ariz.
W  11-6
03/29/2008,  2:00PMat TrinityL  1-0
03/30/2008,  12:00PMat Trinity (Game 1)L  4-2
03/30/2008,  2:00PMat Trinity (Game 2)L  5-0
04/06/2008,  12:30PMvs. Colby (Game 1 at Tufts)W  9-0
04/06/2008,  2:30PMvs. Colby (Game 2 at Tufts)W  9-3
04/08/2008,  3:00PMat St. Joseph's (Game 1)L  12-3
04/08/2008,  5:00PMat St. Joseph's (Game 2)L  10-0
04/11/2008,  3:00PMTUFTSW  6-4
04/12/2008,  12:00PMTUFTS (Game 1)L  13-12 (8)
04/12/2008,  2:00PMTUFTS (Game 2)L  9-2
04/15/2008,  4:00PMat Southern MaineL  12-1
04/18/2008,  4:00PMTHOMASW  17-7
04/19/2008,  1:00PMat Wesleyan (Game 1)L  17-12
04/19/2008,  3:00PMat Wesleyan (Game 2)L  6-5
04/20/2008,  1:00PMat Brandeis (Game 1)L  8-3
04/20/2008,  3:00PMat Brandeis (Game 2)W  4-3
04/23/2008,  4:00PMHUSSONW  6-4
04/25/2008,  3:00PMBATESW  6-2
04/26/2008,  12:00PMat Bates (Game 1)L  10-6
04/26/2008,  2:00PMat Bates (Game 2)W  16-7
04/29/2008,  4:30PMSOUTHERN MAINE CANCELED
05/02/2008,  3:30PMat ColbyW  3-1
05/03/2008,  12:00PMMIDDLEBURY (Game 1)W  17-11
05/03/2008,  2:00PMMIDDLEBURY (Game 2)L  9-6
05/04/2008,  4:15PMFISHER CCD
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Baseball Releases

Date Posted Title
09/12/2008,  10:00AM Bowdoin First-Year Featured in Sports Illustrated
05/14/2008,  2:30PM Duchette Named Second-Team All-NESCAC
03/21/2008,  3:15PM Baseball Enjoys Stellar Spring Trip
05/17/2007,  3:00PM Pace Earns Second-Team All-NESCAC
04/02/2007,  4:15PM Lawler Named Player of the Week
03/23/2007,  9:00PM Bowdoin Posts .500 Mark in Florida
07/10/2006,  10:00AM Lemieux Signed By Worcester Tornadoes
05/30/2006,  2:00PM Leclerc, Lemieux Play in NEIBA All-Star Game
05/22/2006,  3:00PM Baseball Earns Postseason Honors
05/15/2006,  10:00AM Baseball Makes NCAA Tournament
05/08/2006,  2:30PM Leclerc Collects NESCAC Honor
05/04/2006,  1:00PM Bowdoin Cracks National Poll
04/25/2006,  2:00PM McCann Named Player of the Week
05/19/2005,  11:00AM Lemieux, Leclerc Earn NESCAC Honors
03/29/2005,  5:00PM Baseball Strong in Florida Debut
10/20/2004,  2:00PM 2004 Hall of Honor Inductees
05/14/2004,  11:00AM Baseball, Coach Connolly, Earn NESCAC Honors
05/01/2004,  5:00PM Bowdoin Clinches NESCAC Playoff Berth
04/06/2004,  4:30PM Baseball Ranked Fifth In New England
03/30/2004,  1:00PM McLeod Named Player of the Week
05/16/2003,  8:00AM Baseball All-NESCAC Honors
12/17/2002,  8:00AM Spring Schedules Released
05/22/2002,  8:00AM All-Academic Team Announced
05/20/2002,  8:00AM Baseball Takes NESCAC Honors
05/06/2002,  8:00AM Jamieson Named NESCAC Player of the Week
04/04/2002,  8:00AM Baseball Gametime Changes
04/01/2002,  8:00AM Metzler, Miller Honored by NSCA
03/12/2002,  8:00AM Spring Sports Outlook
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Baseball : Previous Seasons

The seasons listed below are represented by the year in which the given season started. Thus, Winter sports that may have the bulk of their events played in the following year are still listed by the year in which they began. For archived statistics, go to the Almanac/History page.

Previous seasons: 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974, 1973, 1972, 1971, 1970, 1969, 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960, 1959, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1951, 1951, 1950, 1950, 1949, 1948, 1947, 1945, 1942, 1941, 1940, 1939, 1938, 1937, 1936, 1935