FERRUM, Va. - Bridgewater College picked up two key ODAC road victories Saturday as the Eagles swept Ferrum College 6-3 and 8-7 Saturday afternoon.
With the two wins, the Eagles improve to 6-10 overall, but more importantly, the team is now 2-2 in the conference.
In the opener, the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the second and never trailed. Luke Paczewski led off the second with a single and moved to third on a double by Cameron Stanley. Paczewski scored on Brett Tharpe's groundout to short, giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Garrison Wright's two-out single plated Stanley to make it 2-0.
Ferrum answered with a run in the bottom of the second on Grey Sherfey's RBI-grounder to short, but the Eagles responded with two runs in the top of the third to lead 4-1.
Bridgewater loaded the bases in the third with no outs. Jacob Grabeel walked and took second on a single by Jacob Talley. Brett Jones was hit by a pitch to load the sacks. All three runners moved up on Paczewski's deep sacrifice fly to left, making the score 3-1. Talley raced home on Stanley's RBI-grounder to short, putting the Eagles up 4-1.
Bridgewater added another run in the fifth inning. Grabeel singled to lead off the frame and moved all the way around to third on a passed ball. Grabeel took home on a run-scoring single by Paczewski to make it 5-1.
The Panthers added a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Eagles got the run back in the top of the seventh. Jarrett Biesecker led off the seventh with a single, took second on a passed ball and moved over to third on a fly ball by Talley. Jones plated Biesecker with a double, giving the Eagles a 6-2 lead.
Andrew Berry worked six strong innings to pick up the win. The lefty allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking two. Hunter Mohr gave the Eagles two shuout innings and Tucker Garrison worked the ninth, allowing one run on two hits, to finish up.
Paczewski was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Biesecker was 2-for-5 with a run scored.
Bridgewater rallied from an early 5-3 deficit to win the second game.
Ferrum took a 1-0 lead on Kyle Anstice's RBI-single in the bottom of the first, but the Eagles tied the score with a run in the top of the second on back-to-back doubles by Paczewski and Kevin Navedo.
Nathaniel Anthony's double in the bottom of the second put Ferrum up 2-1, but the Eagles tied the score with a run in the top of the third. Grabeel doubled to right-center and scored on Jones' two-out single to tie the score at 2-2.
Bridgewater took the lead in top of the fifth. Biesecker led off the inning with a single and raced around to third on a single by Talley. Biesecker scored on a sac fly by Jones, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The lead didn't last long as the Panthers tallied three runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 5-3 lead. The big blow was a two-run homer by Anstice.
Bridgewater fought back and regained the lead with four runs in the top of the sixth. JT Creed and Phillip Herber led off the inning with singles and both moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Wright. Biesecker followed with a two-run double, tying the score at 5-5. Talley plated Biesecker with a single to give the Eagles a 6-5 lead. Jones followed with a single and a throwing error on the play allowed Talley to score, making the score 7-5.
Ferrum rallied with two runs in the bottom of the seventh off Eagles reliever Sam Imeson to tie the score at 7-7.
Bridgewater scored what proved to be the winning run in the top of the eighth inning. Biesecker singled to lead off the inning and stole second. A fly ball by Grabeel moved Biesecker to third and, after a walk to Talley, Jones hit a ground ball to short. The Panthers were unable to turn the inning-ending double play and Biesecker scored on the play to put the Eagles on top 8-7.
Ryan Skadra came out of the bullpen and blanked the Panthers on two hits over the final two innings to earn his first save of the season.
Every Bridgewater starter contributed at least one hit to the Eagles' 19-hit attack. Biesecker led the way, going 4-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Paczewski and Creed each finished with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate. Talley and Navedo each added two hits.
Bridgewater returns to conference action Wednesday when the Eagles host Shenandoah University.