Date Posted:03/23/2007,  9:00PM

Bowdoin Posts .500 Mark in Florida

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College baseball team went 5-5 on their spring trip to Florida, posting a collection of solid wins- including a victory over Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the fourth-ranked team in Division III.

At the Port Charlotte Invitational, the Polar Bears opened with a 5-4 loss to Fitchburg State, only to bounce back with a 10-4 win over M.C.L.A. After a powerful Cortland State team beat Bowdoin 25-10, the Polar Bears bounced back with a pair of victories against St. Joseph's (N.Y.), 2-0, and Westfield State, 12-5.

Week two saw the Polar Bears travel to St. Petersburg at Eckerd College, losing 4-1. Bowdoin split a twinbill against NESCAC foe Hamilton, falling 5-3 in the opener and claiming game two, 9-8. The squad closed out their break with a 7-2 loss to Western New England and a 15-13 win over Stevens Point.

Jon Koperniak was Bowdoin's leading hitter, battling a leg injury to hit .526 during the trip with a pair of home runs. First-year Reid Auger clubbed a .441 average, including seven RBI's. Rookie Joe Pace (.381) and senior captains John Lawrie (.378) and Chris McCann (.372, 13 runs scored) also led the Polar Bear offensive attack.

A young pitching staff proved resilient, as all five Bowdoin wins on the southern swing were credited to first-timers. Rookies Eric Chenelle, Luke Potter and Carter Butland all picked up their first career victories, while Seth Gabarro and Ryan Turgeon also earned their first pitching wins. Tyler Turgeon led the squad with six appearances, earning three saves.

Bowdoin is scheduled to return to action this Wednesday at home against Maine-Farmington, weather permitting. The latest scheduling changes will be announced on the Bowdoin Athletics webpage. Complete statistics are also available at the link below.