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Bridgewater Sweeps Juniata To Run Winning Streak To Four

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College Eagles baseball squad ran its winning streak to four in a row with its second doubleheader sweep of the weekend. Sunday afternoon the Eagles took two from Juniata, winning the first game 11-3 and taking the second game 10-3.

In the opener the Eagles rode the continued hot-hitting of Jonathan Mason and Andrew Hacker and a solid effort on the mound from Robert Gallet to the 10-3 win.

The Eagles loaded the bases in the first, but scored just one run. Bryan Sanderson led off with a single and stole second. With one out, Mason singled to put runners at the corners and Hacker walked to load the bases. Sanderson scored on a sacrifice fly by Derrick Walling for a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles made it 3-0 in the second when Ryan Smith walked and Cavin Clyde belted a two-run homer over the left-field fence.

Juniata got on the board in the top of the fifth when Chase Dykstra drove home two runs with a single to make it a one-run game. The Eagles however, got those two runs back in the bottom of the inning. The Eagles loaded the bases on an infield single by Hacker, a walk and an error by the Juniata leftfielder. Ryan Smith walked to force home one run and Darren Yoder plated a run with a groundout, giving BC a 5-2 lead.

Juniata added a single run in the sixth, but once again the Eagles answered in the bottom of the inning when Mason singled and scored on a double by Hacker for a 6-3 lead.

The Eagles put the game away with a five-run outburst in the seventh. Ryan Smith singled and Clyde walked to put two runners on. Sanderson then belted a double to leftcenter, scoring both runners to push the lead to 8-3. Nick Fulk reached on a bunt single to put runners at the corners and Mason followed with a sacrifice fly to make the score 9-3. After Hacker singled, Walling and Matt Maher produced run-scoring singles to put the Eagles on top 11-3.

Gallet was solid on the mound, working eight innings and allowed three runs on five hits. The righthander struck out two, but did struggle at times with his control as he walked six.

Sanderson was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Mason was 2-for-4 with a run and one run batted in while Hacker went 4-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI. Ryan Smith was 2-for-3 at the plate with two runs scored and one RBI and Clyde finished 1-for-2 with a run and two RBIs.

The second game followed a similar script.

Bridgewater scored once in the first and two more in the second for a quick 3-0 lead. Nick Fulk drove home both runs in the second inning with a bases-loaded, two-out single.

Juniata finally got to Eagles' starter Joseph Lucas in the fourth inning. Juniata had four hits in the inning but the Bridgewater defense turned a double play to limit the damage.

Leading 3-1, the Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to give Lucas some breathing room. Mason did the damage with a long 3-run homer, giving Bridgewater a 6-1 lead.

Bridgewater added to its lead in the fifth with a two-run double from Sanderson making the score 8-1.

Juniata nicked Lucas for a single run in the sixth on Derek Heath's RBI-single, but Bridgewater added two more runs in the seventh to lead 10-2.

Lucas picked up the win with seven innings of stellar pitching. The senior allowed just two runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked one.

Hacker added three more hits to his weekend total while Mason and Fulk each drove home three runs. Sanderson added a pair of hits and a pair of RBIs.

The Eagles, now 4-1, return to action Wednesday with a trip to Mary Washington.