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Eagles Finish Season With Split At Marymount

Eagles Finish Season With Split At Marymount

ARLINGTON, Va. - Bridgewater College finished the 2017 baseball season Saturday afternoon by splitting a doubleheader with Marymount University. The Eagles won the second game 8-5 after Marymount took the opener 12-11 in 10 innings.

Marymount jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, but the Eagles evened the score with two runs in the second.

Garrison Wright reached on a walk and Andrew Berry singled. Senior designated hitter Warren Atkins followed with a two-run double to tie the score at 2-2.

The Eagles took the lead in the third when Austin Batten led off with a double and scored on Matthew LaPrade's single for a 3-2 Bridgewater advantage.

The score held at 3-2 until the seventh when the teams traded runs.

JT Creed singled, stole second and moved to third on a base hit by LaPrade. Creed scored on Jacob Talley's single, giving the Eagles a 4-2 lead.

The Saints responded in the bottom half of the seventh on Connor Hall's RBI-double, making it a one-run game, 4-3.

The Eagles added some insurance with a four-run outburst in the top of the ninth. Luke Paczewski singled to lead off the inning  and pinch-runner Brandon Poole moved to second when Creed walked. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Austin Batten and both scored on a single by LaPrade, putting the Eagles on top 6-3. LaPrade crossed the plate on a Marymount error and Wright added a run-scoring single for an 8-3 Eagles lead.

Marymount threatened in the bottom of the ninth, The Saints pushed two runs across and brought the potential tying run to the plate with two outs. Eagles' pitched Ryan Mason struck out Cal Berman for the final out to preserve the 8-5 victory.

The Eagles had 13 hits in the opener and were led by LaPrade's three hits and three RBIs. Batten also had three base hits for the Eagles.

Jordan Showalter pitched two shutout innings and picked up the win, Josh Lasam added two scoreless frames in middle relief and Mason gained the save, allowing two runs in the final two innings of work.

The Eagles battled from behind on several occasions in the opener, only to come up short when the Saints scored in the bottom of the 10thto win 12-11.

Trailing 2-0, the Eagles got on the board in the top of the third on a solo homer by LaPrade, cutting the deficit to 2-1.

The Saints added two runs in the fourth on a two-run homer by Connor Hall to lead 4-1.

Bridgewater got a run back in the fifth when Chris King belted a solo homer to pull the Eagles to within 4-2.

Two more runs by the hosts made it 6-2 before the Eagles finally pulled even with four runs in the top of the sixth. Paczewski walked and moved to third on Jake Bailey's double. Paczewski scored on a sacrifice fly by Cameron Stanley, pulling the Eagles to within 6-3. Poole made it a one-run game with a two-run homer. Batten then reached on an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Batten moved to third on King's single to left and scored when the ball was misplayed in the outfield as the Eagles pulled even at 6-6.

Marymount regained the upper hand in the bottom half of the sixth when Kaden Darrow scored on an Eagles' error for a 7-6 Saints' lead.

Bridgewater pulled even once again with a run in the top of the seventh. Talley led off with a double down the left-field line and moved to third on a groundout. Talley scored on Bailey's sacrifice fly to tie the score at 7-7.

A three-run homer by Roy Coates in the bottom of the seventh put the hosts ahead 10-7, but once again the Eagles responded, this time with three runs in the top of the eighth to tie the score at 10-10.

With one out, Batten walked and singles by LaPrade and King loaded the bases. Batten scored when Brett Jones walked, making the score 10-8. Talley chased home one run with a single up the middle and Paczewski knotted the score with a sacrifice fly.

Marymount took the lead with a run in the bottom of the eighth, but Stanley led off the top of the ninth with a solo homer to pull the Eagles even at 11-11.

The Saints won the game in the bottom of the 10th inning. Karlis Graubics singled with one out and stole second. Graubics moved to third on a groundout and then raced home on a wild pitch to finish off the 12-11 Marymount victory.

King was 3-for-6 in the opener to lead the Eagles' 13-hit attack. Batten, LaPrade, Talley and Poole each added two base hits.

LaPrade was 5-for-10 in the doubleheader with four runs batted in.

Talley was 2-for-3 in the opener and 1-for-4 in the second game to finish the season with a 22-game hitting streak.

Bridgewater finishes the season with a 14-25 overall record.