LYNCHBURG, Va. – Joseph Lucas pitched a complete game and his teammates pounded out 14 hits as the Bridgewater College Eagles defeated Hampden-Sydney, 8-3, in the first game of the ODAC Tournament at City Stadium.
With the victory, the Eagles advance to play the 3:00 p.m. game Thursday afternoon. Bridgewater will meet Washington and Lee. The Generals lost their first game 1-0 in 14 innings to Randolph-Macon College.
Lucas was in command as he limited the Tigers to just four base hits. He walked three and struck out two.
"The key for Joseph was getting ahead in the count," Bridgewater head coach Curt Kendall said. "We were able to throw a lot of first-pitch off-speed stuff and their hitters were chasing those pitches and the result was a lot of fly ball outs. "
The Eagles took the lead with a run in the second. Jonathan Mason and Andrew Hacker led off with singles and moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Jay Thompson. Brett Howell then scored Mason with a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.
Bridgewater broke the game open in the third with five runs.
With one out, Bryan Sanderson singled and moved to third on a single by Devon Snow. Kevin Kirk then singled to score Sanderson for a 2-0 lead. After Mason walked to load the sacks, two runs scored when Andrew Hacker's grounder was thrown away for an error, making the score 4-0. Jay Thompson singled to load the bases and Howell drove in two runs with a single, making the score 6-0.
The Tigers got to Lucas for their only runs in the fourth, but the Eagles answered with two in the bottom of the inning.
Sanderson led off the fourth with a double, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Snow. Kirk then tripled and scored on a groundout by Mason, making the score 8-2.
Sanderson and Kirk had three hits each to lead the 14-hit attack. Snow and Mason added two hits each while Howell finished the day with three RBIs.
"We swung the bats well today," Kendall added. "We've been inconsistent at the plate at times this season, but I think the guys are motivated to show that they are a good offensive team."