BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater took the lead with five runs in the bottom of the third inning Tuesday and the Eagles went on to defeat Hood College 12-4 in non-conference baseball action.
The Blazers scored two runs in the first inning, but the Eagles got one run back in the bottom of the second on Phillip Herber's run-scoring double.
The Eagles grabbed the lead with the five-run outburst in the third. Luke Paczewski walked to lead off the inning, stole second and scored on a single by Cameron Stanley as Bridgewater pulled even at 2-2. Kevin Navedo singled to put two runners on base before Matthew LaPrade's two-run double put the Eagles up 4-2. LaPrade scored on a single by Jacob Grabeel, making the score 5-2. Grabeel stole second and raced home on a single by Jarrett Biesecker, gving the Eagles a 6-2 advantage.
Hood scored two runs in the top of the fourth to pull to within two runs at 6-4, but the Eagles put the game away with four runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
Bridgewater loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth inning on consecutive singles by Grabeel, Biesecker and Jacob Talley. Grabeel scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-4. Paczewski walked to reload the bases and Brett Jones followed with a two-run single for a 9-4 Eagles' lead. After Stanley grounded into a double play, Jones scored on a double by Navedo, giving Bridgewater a 10-4 lead.
LaPrade walked to lead off the seventh inning and scored all the way from first on a double by Grabeel, pushing the margin to 11-4. Grabeel later scored on a groundout by Biesecker to make it 12-4.
Grabeel and Paczewski led the Eagles offense with three hits each. Grabeel was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Biesecker, Stanley and Navedo each added a pair of base hits.
JT Creed allowed no runs on one hit in two innings of work to gain credit for the win on the mound.
Bridgewater, now 9-16, returns to action Wednesday when the Eagles host Eastern Mennonite in an important ODAC contest. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.