LAKELAND, Fla. - Bridgewater College dropped both ends of a doubleheader Sunday to Widener, losing 3-0 in the first game and 6-4 in 10 innings in Game 2 on the opening day of their spring break trip.
The Eagles came up short in a first-game pitcher's duel. Widener's Dylan Peiffer went the distance, allowing just five hits in seven innings. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter.
Bridgewater's Chad Lenz also turned in a complete-game effort. The lefty gave up just two earned runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked two.
The Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the second game with three runs in the bottom of the first. Bridgewater loaded the bases with no outs on three straight singles by Jarrett Biesecker, Jacob Grabeel and Jacob Talley. Biesecker scored on Luke Paczewski's groundout to put the Eagles on the board. Ryan Skadra plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Kevin Navedo made it 3-0 with a run-scoring single.
Widener tied the score with two runs in second and a single tally in the third, but the Eagles regained the lead with one run in the bottom of the third inning. Talley and Paczewski reached on base hits and Skadra walked to load the bases. Matthew LaPrade then drew a bases-loaded walk to put the Eagles up 4-3.
Bridgewater held the lead until the seventh when Widener scored a run to send the game to extra innings. The score remained tied until the 10th when Widener pushed across the winning runs.
Talley led the Eagles in the second game with three base hits. Paczewski, Grabeel and Navedo finished with two hits each.
On the mound, Sam Imeson and Ryan Mason each worked two scoreless innings in relief. Tucker Garrison took the loss despite a solid relief effort. Garrison allowed the two runs in the 10th. He pitched four innings and allowed five hits while striking out three and walking one.
The Eagles are back in action Monday with a single game against Trine.