About the Program
The Bowdoin College softball team was instituted in 1982, and proven to be one of the top squads in New England in the past two decades. From 1999-2002, the team posted at least 19 wins each season (including a record 25 in 2002) and reached the NESCAC Tournament Championship Game in 2001. In 2004, the Polar Bears won 22 games and took the East Division crown. They qualified for the NESCAC Tournament for the fourth time in five years and had another strong campaign in 2005, going 19-10 overall.
The team won the NESCAC Championship in 1992, and has also seen numerous individual accolades. Kristie Miller was named All-NESCAC every year from 1999-2002, and the team has boasted three NESCAC Rookie of the Year honors overall. The Polar Bears play in one of the most competitive conferences in the nation in the NESCAC, and also play a challenging non-conference schedule against teams from all over the region. The team also makes an annual southern spring break trip.
It was a record-breaking season for the Polar Bears in 2007, as the squad posted a school-record 26 victories against just 15 losses. Several players earned individual honors, led by Jayme Woogerd '07 and Julia Jacobs '10 who grabbed Second-Team All-Conference recognition. Karen Reni '09 won 13 games in the circle for Bowdoin, tying the school record with Jacobs, who also won 13 contests in 2007. Woogerd finished with the school record for runs scored (94), while finishing second all-time in hits (157) and stolen bases (32).
The Polar Bears play on the softball diamond at Pickard Field, part of the 35 acre athletic complex on the south side of the Bowdoin campus. The field is a state-of-the-art diamond with extraordinary drainage, and is usually one of the first playable fields in New England each spring. Indoor practices in Farley Field House begin in mid-February with NESCAC competition beginning in early April.