Date Posted:03/26/2007,  2:00PM

Softball Enjoys Stellar Spring Trip

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Off to the best start in program history, the Bowdoin College softball team returned from their spring break trip to Florida with a 14-3 record, nearly equalling their win total of a year ago. The Polar Bears, who hit .363 as a team and recorded a microscopic 1.74 earned run average, opened their season on a nine-game winning streak and never looked back, setting the stage for an exciting 2007 campaign.

The Polar Bears outscored their opponents 64-20 in their first seven games, cruising to shortened-blowout wins over Franklin Pierce (11-2), Bethel (10-2) and Wooster (9-0). Bowdoin also won a pair of nailbiters against Transylvania (5-4) and Nichols (6-5) before finally dropping a game to Plymouth State on March 20, 2-0. The Polar Bears rebounded nicely, however, closing their trip with wins in five of their last seven games to post the best record after 17 games in the 26-year history of the team.

Sophomore pitcher Karen Reni was outstanding in going 8-1, striking out 60 batters over 62.0 innings and allowing just 40 hits; only six of which were for extra-bases. Overall for the trip, she finished with a 1.16 ERA. First-year hurler Julia Jacobs was nearly as impressive, posting a 2.42 ERA in 52.0 innings with a 6-2 record.

At the plate, Bowdoin featured a balanced attack. Catcher Alison Coleman was the lone Polar Bear to start every game, hitting a team-high .397 with two homers and 13 RBI's. A collection of first-years proved to be up to the task, led by Shavonne Lord (.381), Lexa Crowley-Gottlieb (.370) and Clare Ronan (.327, team-high 14 RBI's). Veteran stalwarts Sarah Stern (.353) and Jayme Woogerd (.316, team-high 13 runs scored) also excelled at the plate.

The Polar Bears will return to action this weekend with a three-game series at Trinity. Bowdoin will play their home-opener at Pickard Field on Friday, April 6 against rival Colby College.