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Eagles Lose Two Close Games To No. 7 Randolph-Macon

Mariah Wharton catches for the Eagles.

ASHLAND, Va. - Bridgewater College played No. 7 Randolph-Macon tough Tuesday afternoon, but lost both ends of the ODAC doubleheader to the Yellow Jackets, falling 4-0 in the first game and 2-1 in eight innings in Game 2.

Randolph-Macon ace Candace Whittemore pitched a no-hitter in the first game, her second of the season. Whittemore struck out six and walked just one batter.

Bridgewater first-year pitcher Keirston Kennedy matched zeroes with Whittemore early in the game, but the Yellow Jackets broke through with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. With runners at first and second, Whittemore singled through the right side of the infield to drive in the first run of the game. When the ball was misplayed in the outfield, a second run scored for a 2-0 Macon lead.

The score stayed that way until the sixth when the hosts plated their final two runs.

Bridgewater pitcher Carolyn Campbell matched a pair of Yellow Jackets hurlers in the second game as the score was tied at 1-1 after seven innings. 

The Eagles took the lead in Game 2, scoring in the top of the third inning. Morgan Landes led off with a single, but was thrown out trying to steal second. Lindsey Talley singled to left before Sydney Layman struck out for the second out of the inning. An infield error on Mariah Wharton's grounder kept the inning alive and Stephanie Carroll followed with a single up the middle, scoring Talley for a 1-0 Bridgewater lead.

Randolph-Macon (30-2, 9-1 in the ODAC) answered with a run in the bottom of the third inning on Savannah Woods' two-out single, tying the game at 1-1.

Bridgewater threatened in the fifth when Landes walked to start the inning and Talley followed with a single. The Yellow Jackets then called Hayley Scott out of the bullpen and she retired the next three batters to end the threat.

Talley was placed on second to start the top of the eighth and she moved to third on Jessica Dawson's sacrifice bunt. After Wharton struck out, Campbell was hit by a pitch to put runners at first and third. Scott then retired Mikalia Guard on a pop fly to shortstop to end the inning.

In the bottom of the eighth, Kerstin Roth was placed on second and she moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Whittemore. Woods plated the winning run with a bunt single, giving Randolph-Macon the 2-1 victory.

The Eagles, now 13-15 overall and 1-7 in the conference, are back in action Thursday when they travel to Shenandoah University for a conference twinbill.