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Eagles Clinch No. 2 Seed In ODAC Tournament With Saturday Split At Hampden-Sydney

Eagles Clinch No. 2 Seed In ODAC Tournament With Saturday Split At Hampden-Sydney

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - Bridgewater College claimed the No. 2 seed for the upcoming ODAC baseball tournament by taking a split in Saturday's doubleheader at Hampden-Sydney College.

Hampden-Sydney entered Saturday's twinbill needing a split to gain a spot in the ODAC tourmament. They took care of that piece of business with a 4-1 win in Game 1.

That meant the Eagles needed a win in Game 2 to take sole possession of second place and BC cemented that position with a 4-2 victory.

Tigers starter Zach Whitaker shut down the Eagles in the opener as he scattered eight hits in a complete-game effort. The righthander striuck out five and walked just two.

Bridgewater took an early lead when Zach Hynes belted a long homer to left-center field off Whitaker in the top of the second.

The lead didn't last long as the Tigers bunched together four hits after two outs in the third to take a 2-1 lead. Jordan Wind and Patrick Kuhns started the two-out rally with singles and Jeff Gray and Erick Hermann followed with run-scoring hits to give the Tigers the lead.

The Tigers added another run in the fifth to lead 3-1 and Whitaker escaped his only real jan in the top of the sixth to preserve the lead.

With one out in the sixth, Andrew Hacker and Alex Nuttycombe slapped back-to-back singles. Whitaker retired Hynes on a fly to center and then struck out Jay Thompson to end the inning.

Robert Gallet took the loss for the Eagles, his first of the year against five wins. Gallet allowed six hits and three runs in six innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

In the second game, Corey Armentrout, Dillon Via and Kevin Chandler combined on a three-hitter to pitch the Eagles to a 4-2 win.

The Eagles jumped on top in the second when Hynes led off with a triple and scored on a single by Thompson.

Arementrout allowed just one hit in the first four innings, but the Tigers managed to tie the game in the fifth without the aid of a base hit. Brian Collins reached on an error to open the inning and took second on a sacrifice bunt. Armentrout hit Chris Hall with a pitch and both runners moved up on a passed ball. Collins scored on a sacrifice fly by Spencer Wiles to tie the score at 1-1.

The Eagles regained the lead with two unearned runs in the seventh. Thompson walked to lead off the inning and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt Maher. Thompson took third on a passed ball and Devon Snow walked, putting runners at the corners. Snow then stole second and another passed ball allowed two runs to score as Thompson trotted in from third and Snow hustled all the way in from second to give BC a 3-1 lead.

The Tigers got one run back in the bottom of the inning when Wiles singled in a run off relief pitcher Dillon Via, but the Eagles added an insurance run in the ninth to lead 4-2.

With two outs in the ninth, Darren Yoder walked and then swiped second. Snow then chased Yoder home with a single to left, making the score 4-2.

Arementrout pitched the first five innings and allowed just one hit and one unearned run. He struck out five and walked two in the no-decision. Via worked two innings and picked up the win to improve to 3-0 on the season. He alowed one run on two hits. Chandler worked two hitless innings to record the save for the Eagles.

The Eagles enter the ODAC tournament with a 27-12 overall record and an 12-6 record in the ODAC.