BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Bridgewater College Eagles swept a pair of games Saturday afternoon from Messiah College. The Eagles won the first game 7-4 on a bizarre walk-off situation and then took the second game, 6-4. Game 2 was shortened to seven innings due to impending darkness.
Messiah jumped out to a quick lead in the opener with three runs in the third. Derek Drake and Paul Mellinger delivered RBI hits for the Falcons.
Bridgewater's Christian Armstrong belted a solo homer in the fourth, but Messiah got the run back in the top of the fifth.
The Eagles scored twice in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run single by Andrew Hacker and then tied the game in the eighth on an RBI-groundout by Armstrong.
Then, things got interesting in the ninth. The Eagles loaded the bases and Jonathan Mason hit what appeared to be a grand-slam walk-off homer to center. Mason, however, passed a base runner between first and second and the umpires ruled Mason out and sent the runners back to their bases.
Eagles' head coach Curt Kendall then played the game under protest and play continued. Play moved into the 11th inning before the coaches decided to rule on the protest in an effort to leave enough time for the second game.
After review, by rule, Mason is ruled out on the home run, but the other three runners are allowed to score, making the final, 7-4.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead in the second game and then held on for the victory.
Bridgewater added four more runs in the third. Cavin Clyde was hit by a pitch and then Sanderson and Fulk walked to load the sacks with no outs. Mason chased home two runs with a double and Hacker followed with a two-run double, making the score 5-0.
Bridgewater starter Kyle Henshaw breezed through the first four innings, but gave up a two-run homer to Jon Lapp in the fifth, making the score 5-2.
The Eagles added an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth for a 6-2 lead when Hacker scored Fulk with a sacrifice fly.
The Falcons got a run back in the sixth on a run-scoring double by Isaiah Shipman to trim the lead to 6-3 and then threatened in their final at-bat.
A walk to Casey Ebersole and a single by Lapp put two on with no outs. Jordan Seltzer greeted Eagles reliever Tyler Slanovec with a bloop single, scoring Ebersole to make the score 6-4. With runners on first and second and no outs, Slanovec picked the runner off second for the first out. Sprengle then lined into a double play, ending Messiah's comeback attempt.
Henshaw got the win in Game 2 as he allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits. He struck out six and walked one. Slanovec picked up the save.
Mason finished the twinbill with six RBIs while Hacker drove in five runs during the two games.
The Eagles are back in action Sunday at noon with a doubleheader against Juniata.