Date Posted:03/29/2005,  4:30PM

Softball Stellar on Spring Trip

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College softball team has returned for their spring break trip to Florida, boasting the best-ever start in the history of the program- an 11-3 record heading into this week.

After dropping their first two games in Fort Myers to Transylvania (5-4) and Keene State (1-0), the Polar Bears rode the arms of pitchers Caitlin Polistena and Emily Nelson to 11 wins in their next 12 games to close out the trip.

The key to the Polar Bear success has been on the mound as Polistena (5-1, 2.54 ERA) and Nelson (5-2, 1.12 ERA) have kept Bowdoin in nearly every contest. Brittany Ogden (1-0, 4.03 ERA) has also stepped up, appearing in five games as a pitcher in addition to her outfield duties. The rookie picked up her first career win on March 23 against Edgewood College.

The most dramatic of Bowdoin's victories in Florida came in a nail-biting three-game stretch early in the tour. Following the pair of season-opening losses, the Polar Bears won a back-and-forth battle over Salve Regina, 8-6 in extra innings. In their next outing against Wheaton, Bowdoin claimed another extra-frame win, 4-3 and followed it up with a dramatic comeback win against Wooster, 10-6 in extra innings.

Sophomore Jayme Woogerd was red-hot at the plate for Bowdoin in the two-week stretch, batting .449 with two homers and 12 RBI's. Megan Rodgers batted .353, while Danielle Chagnon hit .333 with a team-high 14 RBI's.

Bowdoin hopes to return to action this weekend against Plymouth State. Due to inclement weather conditions all over New England, continue to check the Bowdoin website for the latest updates about cancellations and postponements.