NCAA Division III Baseball Mansfield Regional: No. 21 Saint Joseph's (Maine) Shuts Down Bowdoin in Pitcher's Duel, 2-0

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MANSFIELD, Conn. – Saint Joseph's (Maine) only needed a pair of runs as GNAC Pitcher of the Year junior Chad Rafferty (Keene, N.H.) shutout Bowdoin, 2-0, at the 2012 NCAA Division-III Baseball Mansfield Regional on Wednesday night.

The contest was a pitcher's duel between Rafferty and the recently minted two-time NESCAC Pitcher of the Year, junior Oliver Van Zant (Westport, Conn.).

Rafferty improved to 10-0 as he scattered seven hits over nine innings while striking out 13 Polar Bears. Van Zant (5-3) surrendered a pair of runs on five hits and fanned six batters.

The two ball clubs exchanged zeroes on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth. With a pair of runners in scoring position and one out, Saint Joseph senior Dan Achorn (Bow, N.H.) reached on a fielder's choice to deliver one RBI as a second run would cross home plate on the play.

In the bottom of the sixth, Bowdoin junior Tim McGarry (Kennett Square, Pa.) made a spectacular catch as he fell back onto the warning track to pull down a long fly ball off the bat of Monk junior Mike Pratt (Dartmouth, Mass.).

The Monk's had an opportunity to push a late run across in the bottom of the eighth. The bases were loaded for senior Dan Brown (Portland, Maine) who lifted a fly ball to center field. An accurate throw by Polar Bear junior Beau Breton (Bedford, N.H.) mowed down the lead runner at home to end the inning unscathed.

Bowdoin junior Dan Findley (Duxbury, Mass.) was the only player to record a pair of hits on the evening.

Saint Joseph's (38-5) will play Trinity in the nightcap tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. while Bowdoin (25-19) draws Southern Maine in an elimination contest at 1:15 p.m.