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Eagle Split Close Games in Florida

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CLERMONT, Fla. - The Bridgewater College softball team split Thursday's games in Florida. The Eagles defeated Bates before falling to Carthage.

Game One - Bridgewater 6, Bates 4

Bates got on the board first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning and would add two more in bottom of the second for an early 4-0 lead.

Freshman Avery Pinder was walked in the top of third and stole second during Kaitlyn Tirona's at bat. Tirona then hit a single to send Pinder home and give the Eagles their first run.

A Sarah Wimer single sent Tirona to second before Mikalia Guard hit an RBI single to left field to bring Tirona home. Bridgewater tied it up at 4-4 thanks to a Carlita Tibbs 2 RBI triple as Wimer and Guard scored.

The game was still tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh to push extra innings. With Wimer placed at second, Guard singled to put two runners on base. Katie Merhout singled on a line drive and Wimer ran home to make the score 5-4 Bridgewater.

Emily Clifford hit a ground ball and reached first on an error by the shortstop, giving Merhout the opportunity to score and give to Eagles a 2-run advantage heading into the bottom of the eighth.

With Clifford on the mound, the Eagles faced three batters and earned three straight outs to secure the victory.

Guard led the Eagles with two hits and Tibbs had two RBIs. Clifford pitched all eighth innings allowing four hits.

Game Two - Bridgewater 3, Carthage 4

The Eagles scored first in game two on a Wimer RBI single to bring Torie Shifflett home.

Carthage scored their first two runs in the top of the second on 2 RBI home run. Bridgewater regained the lead in the bottom of third on a Victoria Gontarz 2 RBI double as Marlee Carroll and Guard each scored for a 3-2 advantage.

Bridgewater had two outs in the top of the seventh when Carthage hit a single to centerfield to send two runs home for a 4-3 edge.

The Eagles could not answer in the bottom of the inning and dropped their second game of the season by one run.

Stephanie Carroll, Guard, and Gontarz all had two hits for the Eagles. Gontarz added the only 2 Eagle RBIs on her double in the third.

Keirsten Kennedy pitched the first six innings and allowed three hits. Brooke Louden pitched the final inning and allowed one hit.

Bridgewater is now 8-2 on the year. They wrap up play in Florida tomorrow with an 11:45 start against Muhlenberg followed by a 2:00 start against Thiel.