BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Bridgewater College fell to Eastern Mennonite University 7-4 in Friday's afternoon ODAC contest. The Eagles drop to 13-24 on the year.
Bridgewater pounded out 11 hits against Royals pitcher Damon Frazier, but couldn't put together timely hits as the Eagles stranded seven runners on base. Chris King, Matthew LaPrade, and Jacob Talley each tallied two hits. Talley's single in the second extended his hitting streak to 20 games.
Jacob Benfield pitched five strong innings giving up two earned runs, four hits, and striking out one. After Benfield exited the game, EMU tacked on four runs over the next two innings, allowing them to capture their first win at Bridgewater since 2006.
Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the third, King narrowed the gap with his RBI groundout to second, scoring LaPrade. The next batter, Brett Jones, followed up King's RBI with a two-out, RBI-single of his own, bringing Bridgewater to within one. That's the closest the Eagles would get the rest of the day.
After a Kyle Matthews solo home run in the sixth to left center, the Royals pulled away for the victory in the seventh. Kyle Salladay ended up on third after leading off the inning with a double down the left field line and a failed pickoff attempt at second, Salladay scored on a Dean Lowery RBI-single to left.
With runners on second and third and one out, Zach Roberts' fielder's choice resulted in a close play at the plate, scoring Lowery. Roberts scored later in the inning on a passed ball giving Eastern Mennonite its seventh and final run.
The Eagles made one last push for victory in the eighth. Luke Paczewski's RBI groundout narrowed the gap to 7-3. EMU's very next pitch resulted in a wild pitch, allowing Talley to cross home plate to bring the score to the final margin of victory for the Royals.
Bridgewater concludes their 2017 campaign with a doubleheader at Marymount on Saturday. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.