SALEM, Va. – The Bridgewater College softball team lost a tight 2-1 decision in their ODAC playoff opener vs. Randolph-Macon on Friday evening.
Katrina Martin went 2-for-2 and reached base on all three plate appearances, while Stephanie Carroll had an RBI double and made several good defensive plays at third base.
The Eagles were unfortunate on the winning run as second baseman Torie Shifflett was taken out by the slide on a double play ball, allowing Maddie Stone to race home. With no clear interference, the run stood and eventually stood up as the difference.
The Eagles got out of a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the sixth, but couldn't find the tying run in the seventh against RMC hurler Candace Whittemore (7.0 innings, 1 ER, 4 hits, 7 K's).
The Yellow Jackets struck first in the third inning, as Kerstin Roth doubled and came home on a Savannah Wood sacrifice fly.
Martin recorded her second hit of the game in the fourth, and Carroll ripped a deep RBI double over the centerfielder's head to tie the game.
Two straight fly balls got caught in a nasty wind to put the Eagles in trouble in the fourth, but two Yellow Jackets went to the same base on an ensuing Sami Davidson single and Bridgewater put one of them out on a rundown.
Martin had reached on a bloop single to shallow left field in the first, but a groundout ended the inning.
Three straight Yellow Jackets reached with two outs to load the bases in the bottom of the first, but Carroll was able to field a grounder and step on third base to end the threat.
In the second, Morgan Landes caught a hard liner just off the ground to rob the Yellow Jackets of a leadoff hit.
Bridgewater falls to 23-16 and will face Shenandoah tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. in the double-elimination tournament. Randolph-Macon (24-12) will face defending national champion Virginia Wesleyan at 1:30 p.m.