No. 23 Softball Salvages Split at Roanoke
SALEM, Va. – After dropping a heartbreaker in the opening game, the 23rd-ranked Bridgewater Eagles softball team took advantage of numerous Roanoke miscues and pounded out a dozen hits to earn the doubleheader split in a conference twinbill on Saturday at the Moyer Complex.
Bridgewater fell by an 8-7 tally in eight innings in the opener before storming back to claim a 7-2 win in the nightcap.
Roanoke responded with a single run in the bottom of the first when Hollee Warlitner drilled a homer to tie the game up at a run each after an inning of play.
Both teams went down without a run in the second before the Eagles regained the advantage in the third.
Sophomore Kasey Anderson led off the inning with a single and swiped second base to put a runner in scoring position with no outs. Anderson was driven in when an error on the first baseman allowed junior Aven Thomas to reach, pushing the Eagles ahead by a 2-1 tally.
Jenkins kept the Maroons off of the scoreboard in the third, but the Maroons stuck a single run on the board off of a Felice Lowery double in the fourth to knot the game up, 2-2, after four complete.
Following a fly out to open the fifth, Anderson again singled and stole second before being advanced to third on a groundout, putting the Eagles on the cusp of regaining the lead, but a strikeout stranded Anderson at third and kept the score at 2-2.
In the bottom of the frame, the Maroons regained the edge when Warlitner stroked a single and drove in Leona Rainey and Rhea Schleicher to put Roanoke up by a 4-2 margin.
Bridgewater answered the Maroons in the top of the sixth with two runs to knot the back-and-forth game up at a 4-4 tally.
Jenkins led off the inning with a walk and was pushed to second two batters later on a Sarah Heretick single to put two runners on with one away.
Jenkins held the Maroons off of the scoreboard in the sixth, allowing the Eagles the opportunity to gain the upper hand in the seventh.
After a lineout to lead off the seventh, Thomas drew a walk to put a runner on for Melanie Lamb. Lamb worked the count to 3-2 before stinging a pitch over the right centerfield fence to hand the Eagles a 6-4 lead.
Roanoke answered with a long ball of their own when Rainey pushed in Schleicher on a homer to tie the game up at six runs each, forcing an extra session.
Bridgewater couldn't scrape out a run in the top of the eighth, leaving the door open for Roanoke.
Roanoke led off the inning with a sacrifice bunt before a passed ball allowed the runner to score from third, handing the Maroons a 7-6 win.
Anderson and Heretick each turned in two-hit performances, while Lamb and Williams each posted two-RBI outings. Anderson also swiped two bases in the loss.
Jenkins picked up the loss in the circle, allowing seven runs on 10 hits in 7.1 innings of play.
Warlitner paced the Maroons with a 3-for-4 effort with three RBI, while Kelly Higbie earned the victory in the circle.
Game two saw the Eagles jump out to an early lead on the Maroons before cruising to an easy win.
Rees opened up the ball game with a base hit before being driven in two batters later on a Thomas rope to left centerfield, putting the Eagles up 2-0.
Roanoke looked to respond in the bottom of the frame by tagging two hits but the Maroons stranded a pair of runners to keep the Eagles ahead 2-0.
Bridgewater went down without a run in the top of the second, but the Maroons responded in the bottom of the frame when a bases-loaded fielder's choice pushed in the first run and a single pushed in run number two to knot the game up at a 2-2 score after two innings of play.
Thomas again stuck a run on the scoreboard in the third when she followed a Kasey Anderson single with one of her own, scoring Anderson from second base to push the Eagles to a 3-2 lead.
Following a scoreless fourth from both teams, three fielding errors on the Maroons, coupled with timely hitting from the Eagles, blew the game wide open.
Rees led off the inning with a groundout before Anderson singled and swiped second to put a runner in scoring position.
Thomas followed with a fielder's choice and later scored on a Lamb single to extend the lead to 4-2.
In the ensuing at-bat, Jenkins reached on an error by the first baseman, allowing Lamb to score from second base, pushing the Bridgewater lead to 5-2.
Thomas kept the Maroons off balance in the bottom of the frame and then helped her own cause again in the top of the sixth.
Williams singled with one away to get things going for the Eagles. Two batters later, Anderson singled to put Williams in scoring position before Thomas dealt the knock-out blow with a two-RBI single, plating Williams and Anderson to hand the Eagles a 7-2 advantage, which is how things would end.
Anderson and Thomas each turned in 3-for-4 games for the Eagles and scored twice, but Thomas exploded in the contest with five RBI to pace the offense. Anderson stole her 35th base of the season in the win, moving to within one of the single-season record of 36 set in 1999 by Andrea Eger.
Thomas kept a solid Maroons batting order off balance in game two. The Harrisonburg, Va. product allowed two runs on nine hits and fanned five to earn the victory.
Warlitner again turned in a three-hit effort in game two to pace the Maroons bats while Stephanie Clark picked up the loss in the circle.
Bridgewater is back in action on Sunday at home when it hosts Emory & Henry. Sunday's matchup also marks Senior Day for the Eagles' four senior players. First pitch from the BC Softball Field is set for 2 p.m.