SALEM, Va. - Bridgewater College played Roanoke College tough on Tuesday at the Moyer Complex, but the Maroons came away with two conference wins. Roanoke edged the Eagles 3-2 in the opener and then pulled away for a 9-1 victory in the nightcap.
The opener was scoreless until the Maroons scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the fifth and all three were unearned.
Roanoke loaded the bases on two walks and an infield error. Katie Smith cleared the bases with a two-out double to center, giving the Maroons a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles battled back with two runs in the top of the sixth.
Lindsey Talley led off with an infield single and Victoria Gontarz reached when her sacrifice bunt was misplayed for an error. Mikalia Guard followed with a single to right, scoring Talley to trim the deficit to 3-1. Mariah Wharton pinch hit for the Eagles and her grounder to second scored Gontarz to make it a one-run game. Walks to Katie Merhout and Jessica Dawson loaded the bases, but with two outs Roanoke catcher Mattie Morris picked Dawson off at first to end the inning and preserve the Maroons' 3-2 lead.
The Eagles went down in order in the seventh as Roanoke escaped with the 3-2 win.
Carolyn Campbell pitched the first three innings for Bridgewater and allowed no runs and three hits. Brooke Louden finished up for the Eagles and allowed the three unearned runs on two hits in her three innings in the circle.
Talley was 3-for-4 and Guard was 3-for-3 as the duo accounted for all of Bridgewater's hits in the opener.
The teams traded first-inning runs in the nightcap.
Guard put the Eagles on the scoreboard with a solo homer.
Taylor Carter led off the Roanoke first with a single, stole second and moved to third on a long fly ball to rightfield. Carter scored on Smith's groundout to tie the score at 1-1.
The Maroons added two runs in the third inning and then took control of the game with a four-run fourth. Roanoke tacked on two runs in the fifth to end the game.
The Eagles managed just four hits in the second game. Dawson was 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Bridgewater.
Bridgewater takes a week off before returning to action next Tuesday for a non-conference doubleheader at Southern Virginia University.