BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater and Ferrum split a doubleheader Monday with the Eagles winning the opener 2-1 and Ferrum taking the second game 11-5.
The Eagles got on the board in the bottom of the first in the opener. Ferrum starter Colby Grissom struggled with his command, hitting the first two batters he faced and walking Chris King to load the bases with no outs. Grissom then hit Luke Paczewski with a pitch to force in the game's first run. Grissom avoided further damage by retiring the next three batters.
The Eagles added their second run in the fifth. Phillip Herber led off the inning with a single and a pair of walks loaded the bases. Jacob Talley drew a bases loaded walk with two outs, forcing home a run to put the Eagles up 2-0.
Ferrum (11-18) got on the board with a run in the sixth, but the Eagles held on for the 2-1 victory.
Ferrum jumped out to a quick lead in the second game with three runs in the top of the first inning.
The Eagles got one run back in the bottom of the first. Austin Batten and Jacob Grabeel opened the inning with singles before King grounded into a double play. Paczewski plated Batten with a single through the right side, cutting the margin to 3-1.
Ferrum added another run in the top of the second to lead 4-1, but the Eagles tallied twice in the bottom half of the second to make it a one-run game. Jake Bailey led off the inning with a single and scored on Cameron Stanley's double to deep left-center, cutting the margin to 4-2. Stanley scored on a base hit by Kevin Navedo, making the score 4-3.
Bridgewater took the lead with two runs in the third. Paczewski led off the frame with an opposite-field double and moved to third when Jacob Talley reached on an error. Paczewski scored on Jake Bailey's slow roller down the first-base line and, when the pitcher threw the ball down the rightfield line while trying to retire Bailey, Talley raced around the bases to score, putting the Eagles on top 5-4.
Ferrum tied the score in the top of the fifth. Dominick Claxton singled, stole second and moved to third on a groundout. Claxton scored on a wild pitch to tie the score at 5-5/
The Panthers won the game with five runs in the sixth. Drew Calohan and Kyle Anstice opened the inning with singles and both advanced on Christian Campbell's sacrifice bunt. Calohan was thrown out at home on a grounder to short, but the Panthers still had runners on the corners with one out. Singles by Claxton and Brandon Roberts scored runs to put the Panthers up 7-5 before a three-run homer by Nathaniel Anthony gave the Panthers a 10-5 lead.
Bridgewater, now 14-11-1 on the season, returns to conference play Wednesday when the Eagles host Eastern Mennonite in a key ODAC matchup.