Date Posted:03/24/2008, 12:00PM
BRUNSWICK, Maine - Escaping the frigid temperatures of Maine for the sunny diamonds of Florida did wonders for the Bowdoin softball team, as the squad exploded out of the gate to post a 14-2 record during their southern spring break trip. It is the best record after 16 games in the program's 27-year history.
After splitting their first two games of the trip, Bowdoin proceeded to win 13 of their final 14 contests, including 10 straight to close the break. During that ten-game winning streak, the Polar Bears dominated, outscoring their opponents 56-15.
It was the foolproof blend of stellar pitching and timely hitting that keyed Bowdoin's performance. The 1-2 combination of sophomore Julia Jacobs and junior Karen Reni sparked the Polar Bears in the circle. The duo, who both tied the school record for wins in a season (13) in 2007, keyed Bowdoin to a team ERA of 1.08. With seven wins in Florida, Reni also became Bowdoin's all-time winningest pitcher, surpassing Jessie Poulin's school record of 30 career victories. Reni (7-1), who now has 32 for her career, tossed 57.2 innings, allowing just 13 earned runs and striking out 45 batters. Jacobs was even more dominant, allowing just four earned runs in 48.1 frames while whiffing 56 batters in going 6-1.
The bats did their part as well, led by sophomore Clare Ronan, who had an exceptional trip. Starting all 16 games, Ronan posted a .417 clip, including team-highs in slugging (.708), walks (5), and RBI's (14, tied). Kaitee Daley was a spark-plug, batting .404 while scoring 12 runs and stealing 14-of-16 bases. Shavonne Lord hit .354 with a team-high three home runs, 15 runs scored and 14 RBI's while Molly Nestor was also outstanding, hitting .351 for the trip.
After a week off, Bowdoin will return to action this Friday and Saturday in Massachusetts when they play a key three-game set against NESCAC rival Tufts.