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Eagles Close Florida Swing With Two Wins

Eagles Close Florida Swing With Two Wins

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Bridgewater College closed out its Spring Break trip to Florida on a positive note by winning its final two games played on Friday. The Eagles edged Montclair State 7-6 in eight innings and then defeated Simpson 3-1 to complete the sweep.

In Friday's first game Bridgewater scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning and then held on in the bottom half of the inning to defeat Montclair State, 7-6.

The Eagles jumped out to a quick lead with four runs in their first at-bat.

With one out, Hannah Nyquist walked and Mikalia Guard and Lacey Shifflett followed with singles to load the bases. Carlita Tibbs then doubled to right, chasing home Nyquist and Guard to put the Eagles up 2-0. Jessica Dawson was hit by a pitch to load the sacks again and Katie Merhout followed with a run-scoring single to make the score 3-0. Allison Patrick tacked on a run-scoring single for a 4-0 Bridgewater lead.

Montclair State battled back with one run in the third and then tied the contest with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The score remained tied at 4-4, sending the contest to extra innings.

Lindsey Talley was placed at second base to start the eighth inning, After Merhout was retired on a fly ball for the first out, Anna Patterson singled to center, scoring Talley to put the Eagles ahead 5-4. Singles by Mariah Wharton and Victoria Gontarz loaded the bases, but Nyquist was out on a liner to second for the second out of the inning. Guard's grounder was then misplayed for an error, allowing both Patterson and Wharton to score, giving Bridgewater a 7-4 lead.

Alana Luna was placed on second to start the bottom of the eighth for Montclair State and Victoria Gehring reached on an error to put runners at first and third. Luna scored on a groundout by Noel Hodgins, pulling the Red Hawks to within 7-5. Alex Zulla grounded out for the second out of the inning, but Blake Saperstein kept Montclair's hopes alive with a run-scoring double to make it a one-run game. Elena Radeshesich walked but Valentina Cucci was retired on a fly ball to Patrick in right field to end the contest.

The Eagles finished the contest with 11 hits. Guard and Shifflett paced the offense with two hits each. Hannah Trala started in the circle and allowed four runs in five innings. Carolyn Campbell allowed no earned runs in the final three innings to pick up the victory.

The second game started as a pitcher's duel between Bridgewater's Brooke Louden and Simpson's Maggie Long.

The Eagles scored in the second to take the early lead. Patrick walked and moved to third when Talley's liner was misplayed for an error. Stephanie Carroll followed with a sacrifice fly, scoring Patrick to put the Eagles on top 1-0.

Long allowed just two hits in the first 3.1 innings but was lifted with one out in the fourth after Wharton singled and Louden walked. Reliever Madison Rasmusson retired Merhout on a liner, but walked Patrick to load the bases. Rasmusson worked out of the bases-loaded jam by striking out Ryan Kirtner to keep the Eagles' lead at 1-0.

Louden took a no-hitter into the fifth, but Simpson used base hits from Brittany Frey and Jordan Williamson and a walk to Liv Hall to load the bases with one out. Frey scored on Rasmusson's sacrifice bunt to tie the contest at 1-1.

Bridgewater regained the upper hand in the bottom of the fifth inning. With one out, Carroll and Patterson singled to put two runners on. Carroll scored on a single by Shifflett and an error in the outfield allowed Patterson to move to third. Wharton's grounder to second was misplayed, allowing Patterson to score for a 3-1 Eagles' lead.

Louden went the distance in the circle to pick up the win. She allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out one and walking one.  Lacey paced the offense with two of the Eagles' five hits.

The Eagles posted a 5-5 record during their stay in Florida and are now 5-7 overall.