Date Posted:03/29/2005,  5:00PM

Baseball Strong in Florida Debut

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College baseball team returned from Florida with a 7-3 record and a number four ranking in the first New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association poll of the season. The Polar Bears will return to action this weekend against Trinity, with the location to-be-determined.

Behind the outstanding start of junior centerfielder Jared Lemieux, the Polar Bears won five of their final six games at the Port Charlotte Invitational in Florida. After splitting their first four games of the trip, the Polar Bears rolled off five straight wins over Western Connecticut (11-0), Concordia (7-1), the University of Chicago (11-7), Albertus Magnus (15-1) and St. Olaf (5-2).

Lemieux was simply sensational, hitting at a .571 clip in addition to 12 walks and a ridiculous .707 on-base-percentage. In addition, Lemieux reached base in 12 consecutive at-bats, going nearly three games without recording an out.

Lemieux wasn't the only Polar Bear making noise in Florida. Classmate Ricky Leclerc batted .429, while senior Tom McMahon batted .406. Jon Koperniak also hit at .406, including a monstrous home run against Chicago. In addition, Nick Lawler was tied for second on the team in slugging down south, batting .350 with a pair of round-trippers.

Bowdoin also recieved strong efforts on the mound, with junior Trevor Powers leading the way. Powers (2-0, 1.20) had two excellent outings, including a six-hit, six-strikeout performance against Concordia. Powers finished the trip only allowing two earned runs. The rest of the rotation was excellent as well, as Leclerc (0-1, 2.45 ERA), Mark Bulger (1-1, 1.23 ERA) and Will Waldrop (1-0, 2.45 ERA) put forth strong starts. Rookie Pat Quinn was outstanding in his first career start, tossing seven innings of one-hit ball against Western Conn. In relief, Tom McMahon closed the door on two save opportunities without allowing a run.

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