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No. 24 Softball Settles for Split Against Eastern Mennonite

No. 24 Softball Settles for Split Against Eastern Mennonite

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HARRISONBURG, Va. – In the ODAC opener for the 24th-ranked Bridgewater Eagles softball team, Bridgewater used an offensive barrage to win the opener before dropping the nightcap by a 3-2 score at JMU's Veteran's Park.

In the opener, senior Hillary Rees led the first inning off with a walk before being moved to second on a sacrifice bunt to put an early runner in scoring position for the Eagles.

Junior Leigh Lam singled to shortstop to put runners on the corners before a groundout from junior Melanie Lamb pushed in Rees to hand the Eagles a 1-0 lead.

Senior Sarah Heretick singled through the right side to drive in Lam to push the Eagles ahead by a 2-0 score after half an inning of play.

After a 1-2-3 first for the Royals, Bridgewater blew the game wide open with a four-run second.

Jenkins led the inning off with a pop up to second base before senior Ann Komara drew a one-out walk to put a runner on for the Eagles.

Two batters later, a Rees single to right center pushed Komara to third while Rees advanced to second on the throw to put a pair of runners in scoring position for the Eagles with two away.

Sophomore Kasey Anderson reached on an error by the shortstop, scoring Komara in the process to build a 3-0 lead.

Lam busted the game wide open when she took a Lisa Lee fastball and blasted it over the left centerfield fence, driving in three runs on the homer to extend the Bridgewater lead to 6-0.

After a scoreless third, the Royals threatened in the home half of the fourth with two runners in scoring position with one out, but a strikeout from Jenkins and groundout back to Jenkins got the junior out the inning, keeping the Eagles lead at 6-0.

Bridgewater added to its lead with a solo blast to left field from the bat of Morgan Williams to put the Eagles up 7-0 through five and a half.

Eastern Mennonite again looked to get on the board in the sixth after loading the bases before a foul ball to third base retired the side to keep the Bridgewater advantage at 7-0 through six complete.

In the top of the seventh, Bridgewater hanged another run on the board when pinch hitter Amanda Lutz drove a ball to centerfield to drive in pinch runner Sarah Goodman to extend the Eagles' lead to 8-0.

The Royals led off the seventh with a double but failed to scrape out a run as the Eagles moved to 16-1 on the year with an 8-0 victory.

Lam and Rees paced the Eagles at the plate in the opener with a pair of two-hit performances, with Lam's three-run blast blowing the game open in the fourth.

Jenkins was strong in the circle, picking up her Division III leading sixth shutout of the season with an eight-hit complete game. The junior extended her scoreless innings streak to 27 in the win.

EMU was paced offensively by two-hit performances from Rasheeda Crews and Courtney Allman.

Pitcher Lisa Lee picked up the loss in the circle, allowing all eight runs on 10 hits.

In the nightcap, Eastern Mennonite got on the board with a sacrifice fly to right field to take a 1-0 lead after an inning of play.

Both teams locked up in a pitcher's duel in the middle innings before a leadoff double from Jenkins in the fifth put an early baserunner in scoring position for Eagles.

Following a sacrifice bunt from Komara, a seeing-eye single to left centerfield from the bat of Williams plated Jenkins to knot the score at one run each.

Starting pitcher Aven Thomas cruised in the bottom of the inning with a 1-2-3 fifth to send the game to the sixth inning at a 1-1 deadlock.

Bridgewater again found a way to scrape out a run in the bottom of the sixth when an error on the shortstop allowed Goodman to score to put the Eagles up 2-1.

Eastern Mennonite responded in the bottom of the sixth when Lisa Lee stung a ball over the centerfield fence to tie to game at two runs each heading to the final inning of play.

Following a scoreless top of the seventh, Eastern Mennonite opened the bottom of the frame with back-to-back hits to end the game, ending Bridgewater's eight-game winning streak.

Four Eagles posted a hit each in the nightcap, while Thomas picked up the loss, allowing all three runs on five hits.

Lee led the Royals in the nightcap with a 2-for-3 outing, and the game-tying homerun.

Relief pitcher Jordan Aylor picked up the win for the Royals tossing the 1.2 innings.

Bridgewater is back in action on Sunday when they tangle with Guilford. First pitch against the Quakers is set for 2 p.m.