WINCHESTER, Va. - Shenandoah University took advantage of two Bridgewater errors to score seven runs in the third inning Tuesday and the nation's No.1 ranked team went on to defeat the Eagles 17-6.
The Eagles got on the board first with a run in the second. Jake Bailey reached on a one-out single and, with two outs, Jacob Talley was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up a base on a wild pitch before Matthew LaPrade singled to left, scoring Bailey for a 1-0 lead.
The bottom of the third inning started out innocently enough as a Robert Marcelle infield single was sandwiched by a pair of outs. Abel Arocho reached on an error and Dan Cameron reached when his infield grounder was thrown away, allowing both Marcelle and Arocho to score for a 2-1 Hornets' lead. The errors opened the floodgates as Luke Nussman plated two runs with a single and Neil Dutton belted a three-run homer to put the Hornets on top 7-1.
The Eagles battled back with two runs in the fourth. Kenner Berry walked to lead off the inning and took second on a wild pitch. Berry scored on Bailey's double to left-center, making the score 7-2. Bailey moved to third when Luke Paczewski reached on an error and Talley followed with a single to right to pull the Eagles to within 7-3. After a strikeout, Brandon Poole reached on an error to load the sacks. The hosts avoided further damage when Austin Batten grounded out to end the inning.
Bridgewater threatened again in the fifth when the Eagles loaded the bases for the second straight inning, only to come away empty-handed. With one out, Berry singled, Bailey walked and Paczewski was hit by a pitch. Talley then lined into an inning-ending double play as the Hornets escaped the jam.
The Hornets began to pull away as five runs in the bottom of the fifth made the score 12-3.
Poole hit a solo homer for the Eagles in the top of the sixth, but the Hornets answered when Cameron belted a grand slam in the bottom half of the inning to put the Hornets ahead 16-4.
The Eagles scored their final two runs in the seventh on back-to-back RBI doubles by Brett Jones and Paczewski.
The Eagles are back in action Thursday when they host Mary Washington in a non-conference contest.