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E&H Fights Off Eagles To Sweep Twinbill

E&H Fights Off Eagles To Sweep Twinbill

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Emory & Henry took two games from Bridgewater College on Sunday afternoon, winning the first game on Fulk Field  6-1 and taking the second game 8-4.

The Wasps rode a strong pitching performance from Emily Kendrick to win the opener. Kendrick allowed just one unearned run on four hits to earn the victory. She struck out nine and walked one.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third inning when the Eagles got on the board first. Lindsey Talley led off the inning by beating out an infield single. Victoria Gontarz then put down a sacrifice bunt and a throwing error allowed Gontarz to reach first safely while Talley moved around to third. Talley scored on a sacrifice fly to right by Mikalia Guard for a 1-0 Eagles' lead.

Emory & Henry (23-9, 9-5 in the ODAC) used the long ball to take the lead in the top of the fourth. Caley Hodge led off the inning with a double down the rightfield line. Danielle Loving followed with a homer deep to left field, giving the Wasps a 2-1 lead. Alex Thomas made it back-to-back jacks with a long home to left-center, pushing the lead to 3-1. With two outs, Courtney Herron reached on an error and Ragan Halsey followed with a run-scoring double to right, making the score 4-1. Jordan Chrisley plated the Wasp's final run of the fourth when she doubled down the rightfield line, scoring Halsey for a 5-1 advantage. 

The Wasps plated their final run in the top of the fifth on a run-scoring single by Thomas to push the lead to 6-1.

Emory & Henry rallied from a 4-3 deficit to win the second game.

The teams started the contest by trading two-run homers in the first inning.

Leah Elswick led off the second game with a single and moved around to third on a passed ball and a groundout. With two outs, Loving connected for a two-run homer to left for a 2-0 E&H lead.

The Eagles answered in the bottom half of the first when Gontarz singled and Guard followed with a blast over the leftfield fence to tie the score at 2-2.

Elswick's RBI-single in the third put the Wasps ahead 3-2 and the visitors maintained the one-run lead until the bottom of the fifth when the Eagles scored twice to forge ahead.

Stephanie Carroll walled to lead off the inning before Wasp's pitcher Tiffany Cole retired the next two batters. E&H walked Guard intentionally and Mariah Wharton followed by lining a double to the gap in right-center, scoring both Carroll and Guard for a 4-3 Bridgewater lead.

The visitors regained the lead with three runs in the top of the sixth. Erin Anderson led off with a single but was erased at second on a force play. Loving then singled to put two runners on before a single by Thomas tied the game at 4-4. Loving scored on a wild pitch to make it 5-4 and a double by Rachel Smoot scored a run to put the Wasps on top 6-4.

E&H added some insurance in the seventh when Hodge smacked a two-run homer to make it 8-4.

Cole picked up the win in the circle for the Wasps and Kendrick recorded the save by shutting down the Eagles over the final two innings.

Gontarz was 2-for-4 in the second game and Wharton was 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Guard was 1-for-3 with two runs scored and two runs batted in.

Bridgewater (8-22, 3-11 in the ODAC) returns to action Tuesday when the Eagles travel to play Roanoke College. The first game of the doubleheader is slated for a 5:00 p.m. start.