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Softball Splits ODAC Opener

brooke louden pitches

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Bridgewater College softball team dropped an 8-0 decision to Randolph before bouncing back for a 6-1 win in the team's first ODAC doubleheader of the season. 

Game One: Bridgewater 0, Randolph 8

The Eagles struggled in the first three innings, going three up three down in each. Randolph put up five runs in the third for a comfortable lead and only added to it with three more runs in the bottom of the fourth. 

Kaitlyn Tirona notched the first and only hit for the Eagles in the top of fourth. Bridgewater had opportunities in the top of the fifth with four Eagles getting on base, but could not capitalize to put a run on the board.

Game Two: Bridgewater 6, Randolph 1

Bridgewater bounced back in dominant fashion for game number two. They got on the board right away at the top of the first with a Brooke Louden RBI single to the shortstop to send Stephanie Carroll home.

Randolph evened the score in the fourth on a sacrifice fly RBI. That would be the WildCats only run of the game.

Katrina Martin made her presence known in the fifth with a 2 RBI home run to left field as Carroll crossed home for the second time after being walked at her at-bat. 

Still in the fifth, Louden reached first on a fielder's choice and advanced to second after the pitcher walked Sarah Wimer. Sydney Layman entered her at-bat with the bases loaded after Kaite Merhout was walked. Layman hit a RBI single to third base to bring Louden home and increase the advantage to 4-1.

Lindsey Talley hit a single and proceeded to steal second in the sixth. Carroll followed and hit a single to left field, allowing Talley to advance to third and set up Martin's sacrifice fly for one more Eagle run. Carroll scored on a Randolph error to make the score 6-1. That score would hold in the seventh to give the Eagles the win. 

Louden pitched a complete game, allowing four hits while also contributing two hits and a RBI. Carroll and Martin added two hits each with Martin totaling three RBIs. 

Bridgewater, now 13-5, returns to action Saturday with a doubleheader on the road at Virginia Wesleyan. The Marlins are the two-tme defending national champions. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.