BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Bridgewater split Saturday's ODAC doubleheader with Hampden-Sydney, winning the opener 5-0 before falling in the second game, 4-3.
Senior starter Chad Lenz dominated the opener, pitching seven shutout innings while allowing just four hits. The lefty struck out seven and walked two. Ryan Mason yielded just one hit over the final two innings to close out the shutout for the Eagles.
The Eagles scored the only run the team needed in the top of the first inning. With one out, Jacob Talley was hit by a pitch and moved around to third on Luke Paczewski's double. Brett Jones drew a walk to load the bases with one out. After Ryan Skadra struck out for the second out of the inning, Cameron Stanley walked to force in the game's first run.
Bridgewater (12-19, 6-10 in the ODAC) added single runs in the third and fifth innings to pad its lead. Stanley drove in a run with a third-inning single, making the score 2-0. Jarrett Biesecker led off the fifth inning with a bunt single and then stole second. Talley chased Biesecker home with a single to right, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles added a pair of insurance runs in the sixth inning. Skadra led off the inning with a double and scored on a triple to left-center by Kevin Navedo. Matthew LaPrade followed with a single through the right side of the infield, scoring Navedo to put the Eagles up 5-0.
Hampden-Sydney (14-14-2, 8-7-1 in the ODAC) opened Game 2 with a pair of runs in the first inning and held on to defeat the Eagles 4-3.
After the Tigers, made it 3-0 with a run in the top of the third, the Eagles got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom half of the third inning. LaPrade walked to lead off the inning for the Eagles and moved to second on Jacob Grabeel's bunt. LaPrade scored on Biesecker's single through the right side of the infield, trimming the Tigers' lead to 3-1.
Hampden-Sydney got the run back in the top of the fourth to lead 4-1, but the Eagles continued to battle with single runs in the sixth and eighth innings. Biesecker started the sixth with a single and advanced to second when his base hit was misplayed in the outfield Talley drove Biesecker home with a single to center, cutting the margin to 4-2. Bridgewater inched closer in the eighth when Talley tripled and scored on Paczewski's sacrifice fly, making it a one-run game, 4-3.
Bradford Webb, who allowed just two earned run on five hits in the first eight innings, went out to start the ninth and was relieved after retiring the first batter of the inning. Tigers relief pitcher Cameron Meyers retired Navedo on a ground ball to short before the Eagles got the potential tying run on base when Skadra singled. Meyers then struck out LaPrade for the final out of the game to preserve Hampden Sydney's 4-3 victory.
Bridgewater is back in action Wednesday when it hosts Washington and Lee in a key ODAC matchup.