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No. 5 Randolph-Macon Takes Two From Eagles

Cameron Stanley catches for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Randolph-Macon, ranked No. 5 in the D3baseball.com national poll, swept an ODAC doubleheader from Bridgewater College on Saturday, winning 15-5 and 12-4.

Bridgewater is now 7-13 overall and 2-5 in the ODAC. The Yellow Jackets improve to 8-3, 6-1 in the ODAC.

The first eight batters of the opener reached base safely for the Yellow Jackets as the visitors jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Eagles answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and one more in the second against Randolph-Macon ace Nick Roth. 

With one out in the bottom of the first, Matthew LaPrade doubled and later scored on a double by Brett Jones. Jones moved to third as Luke Paczewski reached first safely after striking out when the third strike got away from the catcher. Paczewski was then caught stealing, but stayed in a rundown long enough for Jones to score, pulling the Eagles to within 7-2.

Bridgewater added a run in the second on back-to-back doubles by Ryan Skadra and Cameron Stanley, cutting the deficit to 7-3.

The Yellow Jackets scored two runs in the third and one in the fourth, increasing the lead to 10-3. Cole Grinde belted a solo homer to lead off the third.

Bridgewater got one run back in the bottom of the fourth. Paczewski led off the inning with a single and took third on a single by Skadra. Stanley's single through the left side of the infield scored Paczewski to make it 10-4. A single by Jacob Grabeel loaded the sacks with one out, but Roth retired the next two batters to leave the bases full.

Randolph-Macon padded the lead with two runs in the sixth. Michael Nickles reached on a triple and Reece Yeargain followed with a sacrifice fly to make the score 11-4. Shawn Nickles then tripled ond scored on a sac fly by Kevin Mooney for a 12-4 lead.

The Eagles scored their final run in the sixth when Skadra led off the inning with a homer to left-center.

Skadra finished the game with three hits while Jarrett Biesecker and Stanley provided two hits each.

The Yellow Jackets scored twice in the top of the first inning in Game 2 and never trailed. Randolph-Macon added eight runs in the middle three innings to move out to a 10-0 lead.

Macon starter Michael Zubovich silenced the Eagles' bats, allowing just one hit in the first six innings before running into trouble in the seventh. With one out in the seventh, Skadra and Kevin Navedo singled before Stanley belted a three-run homer to left, making the score 10-3.

Bridgewater scored its final run in the bottom of the ninth when Skadra led off with a solo homer, his second round-tripper of the day.

The Eagles finished with seven hits in Game 2. Skadra and Navedo finished with two base hits each.

Bridgewater returns to action on Tuesday when the Eagles travel to Lexington, Va. for an important conference matchup at Washington and Lee.