WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah defeated the Bridgewater College Eagles, 8-3, Thursday in a battle of Top 25 teams played at Bridgeforth Stadium.
The 20th-ranked Hornets salvaged a split of the season series with the Eagles. Bridgewater entered the contest ranked No. 25 in the nation. Bridgewater is now 14-5 overall while the Hornets improve to 13-5. The loss was the first this season for the Eagles against a ranked foe as they are now 3-1 against Top 25 teams.
The Eagles got off to a fast start with two runs in the top of the first. With one out, Alex Nuttycombe struck out, but the BC shortstop reached first when the third strike got past the catcher. Bryan Sanderson followed with a double to left, putting two runners in scoring position. Jonathan Mason then ripped a single into right, scoring both runners for a 2-0 BC lead.
Before Bridgewater starter Corey Armentrout threw his first pitch, a steady rain halted the game and play was stopped for more than hour.
The long delay seemed to squash the Eagles momentum as the bats were silent for most of the remainder of the game.
The Hornets took the lead for good in the bottom of the second with three runs on just one hit. Cory Nelson walked to lead off the frame and the next three batters were hit by a pitch forcing home Nelson with the first run for Shenandoah. Corbin Lucas then ripped a two-run single to left to give the Hornets a 3-2 lead.
Shenandoah starter Nick McMahon was a different pitcher following the rain delay as he allowed just one more run before being lifted with two outs in the eighth inning.
The Eagles return to conference play Saturday when they host Randolph-Macon in a key ODAC doubleheader. First pitch is slated for noon.