BUENA VISTA, Va. - The Bridgewater College softball team scored 21 runs Tuesday to take two games from Southern Virginia 7-2 and 14-4 in non-conference action.
The Eagles led 4-0 after the first three innings of the opener and never looked back.
Lindsey Talley reached on an error to open the first, but was erased on a force play at second on a grounder to third by Victoria Gontarz. Mikalia Guard then belted a two-run homer, her fifth of the season, to put the Eagles on top 2-0.
Bridgewater scored its final run in the sixth when Talley singled with one out, stole second, took third on a fly ball and scored on a single by Guard to put the Eagles up 7-0.
The Knights avoided a shutout with two runs in the bottom of the seventh for the final 7-2 margin.
Carolyn Campbell went the distance in the circle to pick up the win. She allowed two runs on five base hits.
Guard was 3-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the offense.
The Eagles broke the nightcap open with a six-run, third inning outburst to take a 12-0 lead as they ended the contest in five innings.
Merhout drove in a run in the first-inning as the Eagles jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. Four more runs in the second pushed the margin to 6-0. Merhout once again delivered a key blow, this tine with a two-run homer.
Hannah Nyquist drove in two runs in the third with a single to put the Eagles up 8-0. Tibbs and Merhout added RBI-singles before Jessica Dawson capped the inning with a two-run double to center, putting the Eagles comfortably ahead, 12-0.
The hosts pulled to within 12-4 before the Eagles closed the game with two runs in the fifth. Ryan Kirtner reached on a walk and scored on Stephanie Carroll's double. Carroll raced home on a single by Wharton for the final 14-4 margin.
Merhout was 3-for-4 with four RBIs to lead the Eagles in the second game. Merhout finished the twinbill with a total of six RBIs. Carroll also had three hits while Nyquist, Tibbs and Dawson each added a pair of base hits.
Bridgewater, now 10-24 on the season, returns to action Thursday when the Eagles host Randolph-Macon for an ODAC doubleheader.