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Eagles Fall to Virginia Wesleyan in ODAC Doubleheader

Eagles Fall to Virginia Wesleyan in ODAC Doubleheader

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Bridgewater College softball team dropped two road contests as the Eagles faced off against conference rival Virginia Wesleyan.

The Marlins won the opener, 6-0 and scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning with a sacrifice fly.

Although Bridgewater collected a hit as Brooke Throckmorton singled, three quick outs sent the team back to the dugout. The Eagles played tough defense as Brianna Cox struck out three batters in quick succession.

Bridgewater nearly tied up the score as Jen Balcom advanced to third when Cox reached first on an error but Virginia Wesleyan caught the Eagles' last out before the sophomore could reach home.

Despite being held off by the Eagles for a few innings, the Marlins finally broke through in the bottom of the fourth to score on another sacrifice fly for a 2-0 advantage. Virginia Wesleyan extender their lead with four runs in the bottom of the fifth for the final 6-0 tally.

Throckmorton went 1-for-2 for the Eagles while Mariah Wharton was 1-for-3. Cox took the loss in the circle, allowing six runs on eight hits and struck out six batters while walking three.

Courtney Bog led the Marlins and went 3-for-3 with two runs. Kayla Malkos was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs. Kristina Kar took the win in the circle, giving up two hits and striking out 10 batters.

Neither team was able to grab a run in the beginning of the second game but the Marlins managed to get on the scoreboard with two runs in the bottom of the third.

Virginia Wesleyan added to its lead with Cassety Howerin scoring on a sacrifice fly by Malkos. Liz Bailey took advantage of a wild pitch to push the score to 4-0 before Allison Heitsman recorded the final run of the inning for the Marlins' 5-0 lead.

The Eagles were unable to grab a hit or a run and the Marlins secured the final 8-0 tally in the sixth inning to end the game.

Amanda Lutz took the loss in the circle, allowing five runs on three hits and walking five batters.

Samantha Pearce went 2-for-3 with two runs for the Marlins. Bog tallied two RBIs while Taylor Galvin added three RBIs. 

Mary Shipp pitched the no hitter, extending her win in the circle to 9-2, and struck out three batters.

The Eagles are back on the road Tuesday when they travel to Roanoke College for another ODAC doubleheader. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.