BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Brett Jones, Matthew LaPrade and Ryan Skadra belted home runs to power the Bridgewater Eagles past Hilbert College, 15-8 in non-conference baseball action on a dreary, cold Friday afternoon at the BC Baseball Field.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead with six runs in the bottom of the first inning. LaPrade led off with a walk and Skadra and Jacob Talley followed with singles to load the bases with no outs. Jones then belted a grand slam, his second homer of the season, to put the Eagles up 4-0. Luke Paczewski got on with a walk and Cameron Stanley followed with a single through the left side. Kevin Navedo singled home a run to make it 5-0 and Stanley scored on a balk for a 6-0 Bridgewater lead.
The Hawks nicked Bridgewater starter Andrew Berry for two runs in the second, but the Eagles answered with two in the bottom of the third. JT Creed led off the third with a walk and with one out, LaPrade hit a homer over the chain-link monster in right, putting the Eagles ahead 8-2.
After Hilbert plated a run in the top of the fourth, Bridgewater added two runs in the bottom half of the inning. The Eagles loaded the sacks on singles by Paczewski and Navedo and a walk to Creed. LaPrade then walked to force in a run and Skadra followed with a walk to force in another run, giving the Eagles a 10-3 advantage.
Bridgewater tacked on three more runs in the fifth. Jones led off with a walk and scored on a double to right-center by Paczewski, making the score 11-3. Stanley then walked and Navedo followed with a run-scoring double for a 12-3 Bridgewater lead. Creed's groundout chased home Stanley to make it 13-3.
Skadra's leadoff homer in the sixth made the score 14-3 and LaPrade's RBI-double in the seventh accounted for the Eagles' final run in the 15-8 victory.
LaPrade and Jones each drove in four runs to power the Eagles' attack. Talley, Paczewksi and Navedo each finished the game with three base hits.
Berry worked five innings to pick up the victory on the mound. The senior lefty allowed three runs on three hits. He struck out five and walked four.
The Eagles, now 2-3, head to Florida for six games next week on their Spring Break trip. Bridgewater opens play Sunday with a doubleheader against Widener.