Softball

 

#15 Softball Sweeps Sweet Briar

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Behind a combined 44 runs on 42 hits, the No. 15 Bridgewater Eagles softball team exploded offensively to sweep a doubleheader from the visiting Sweet Briar Vixens.

Bridgewater won the opener by a 23-0 score in five innings before claiming the nightcap by a 21-0 score in five. 

In the opener, the Eagles used a 16-run first inning to blow the game wide open early.

Bridgewater batted through the lineup twice in the inning with Melanie Lamb, Morgan Williams, Hillary Rees and Aven Thomas each posting two-RBI hits during the frame.

After a 1-2-3 second from the Vixens, Bridgewater added four more runs in the stanza to own a 20-0 lead after two complete.

Freshman Amanda Lutz got things going with a double to left center before being driven in off of a single from Ashley Runion to make the score 17-0.

Runion moved to second base on a passed ball, while Sarah Heretick drew the walk to put runners at first and second. Thomas continued a strong game at the plate with a single to left to score Runion, pushing the lead to 18-0.

Heretick went home when sophomore Brea Hinegardner reached on an error before Thomas scored on an error on the centerfielder to extend the BC lead to 20-0 after two innings of play.

Following a scoreless third, Bridgewater added three runs in the fourth and slammed the door in the fifth to earn the game one victory by a 23-0 score in five.

Williams was perfect at the plate in the opener, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a pair of RBI. Rees was also solid driving in a game-high four runs in the win on a 2-for-4 effort.

Thomas got the victory in the circle tossing a one-hitter while fanning eight.

In the nightcap, Bridgewater scored four runs in the first, second and third, before exploding in the fourth en route to a 21-0 victory.

The Eagles batted through in the first, plating four runs along the way to own a 4-0 lead after one.

Rees led off the inning with a double before Kasey Anderson singled and stole second to put two runners in the scoring position.

Heretick drove a 1-0 pitch to centerfield, plating Rees on the sacrifice fly to put the Eagles up 1-0.

After a Melanie Lamb walk, junior Sarah Goodman drilled a single through the left side to score Anderson, pushing the BC lead to 2-0.

Later in the inning, Lamb scored on a wild pitch before a Lutz single pushed in Goodman to hand the Eagles a 4-0 advantage after an inning of play.

Following a 1-2-3 second from the Vixens, the Eagles batted through and added four more runs in the second to own an 8-0 lead after two.

Starting pitcher Summer Ramsey mowed through the Vixens order in the third inning, while Bridgewater again pushed home four more runs to own a 12-0 lead after three complete

Ramsey again slammed the door on Sweet Briar in the fourth before the Eagles exploded for a nine-run fourth to finalize the scoring.

The highlight of the nine-run inning came from the leadoff spot as Ann Komara scored on an inside the park homer to center field to extend the lead to 13-0.

Sweet Briar broke up Ramsey's perfect game bid in the fifth with a leadoff double but couldn't plate a run as the Eagles prevailed by a 21-0 score in five innings.

Anderson, Williams and Runion each paced the Eagles with perfect 3-for-3 games at the plate. Williams drove in a game-high five runs in the win, while Anderson scored three times and Runion drove in a pair. Lutz was also solid with a 3-for-4 game and three RBI in the win.

Ramsey tossed a one-hit shutout to earn the victory. The senior struck out four on the day and retired the first 12 batters in order.

Bridgewater is back in action on Monday afternoon with a conference twinbill at Guilford. First pitch against the Quakers is set for 3 p.m.