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Eagles Shut Out Penn State-New Kensington

Keirston Kennedy allowed just one hit vs. PSU-New Kensington

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Bridgewater College split its final two games in Florida, blanking PSU-New Kensington 11-0 and falling to Muskingum, 7-0.

In the first game Friday, Bridgewater first-year pitcher Keirston Kennedy allowed just one hit and teammates Mikalia Guard and Haley Haun homered as the Eagles shut out the Lions

The Eagles took the lead with three runs in the top of the second inning. Guard led off with an inside-the-park homer to put the Eagles on the board. Carlita Tibbs walked and Haun followed with a two-run homer for a 3-0 Bridgewater lead.

Bridgewater tacked on another run in the third inning. With one out, Katie Merhout reached on a single. Guard followed with a single to left and both runners advanced when the leftfielder misplayed the ball for an error. With runners on second and third, Tibbs drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, making the score 4-0.

The Eagles put the game away with a seven-run outburst in the fourth inning. Haun and Kennedy led off with singles. Haun scored on a groundout and Kennedy also scored on the play on an error to make the score 6-0. Morgan Landes reached on a walk and scored on a triple by Victoria Gontarz, pushing the margin to 7-0.  Guard then chased Gontarz home with a double for an 8-0 Eagles' lead. Tibbs walked and an error allowed both Guard and Tibbs to score, giving Bridgewater a 10-0 lead. A double by Haun plated the final run in Bridgewater's 11-0 victory.

Guard was 4-for-4 on the day with two RBIs and Haun finished 3-for-3 with three runs batted in. Kennedy went the distance on a one-hitter. She struck out four and did not walk a batter.

In the second game of the day, Muskingum scored in five of the seven innings to defeat Bridgewater College, 7-0.

The Eagles were held to five hits in the contest. Brianna Worley had two hits while Lindsey Talley Sydney Layman and Mariah Wharton each had one hit. Despite being limited to five hits, the Eagles had several opportunities to score.

The Muskies took the lead in their first at-bat. Karstyn Shaffer led off with a single and moved around to third on a pair of groundouts. Rachel Eberling scored Shaffer with a two-out single for a 1-0 Muskingum lead

The Eagles put two runners on in the bottom of the first when Lindsey Talley walked and moved to third on Sydney Layman's single. Layman moved to second on a groundout, but the Muskies worked out of the jam.

Muskingum added a run in the second to lead 2-0 and the Eagles threatened again in the bottom of the inning. Worley doubled with one out, but was stranded at second.

The Muskies continued to pad the lead with another run in the third and two more in the fifth to go up 5-0.

Bridgewater threatened again in the bottom of the fifth inning. Worley led off with a single and moved up on Carolyn Campbell's bunt. With two outs, Talley singled and moved up to second, but once again the Eagles stranded both runners.

Bridgewater had a scoring chance again in the sixth when, with one out, Guard reached on an error and Wharton doubled. Stephanie Carroll lined into a double play to end the inning.