BRIDGEWATER, Va. – On Sunday afternoon, the Bridgewater Eagles softball team brought out the heavy artillery against preseason conference favorite Guilford and used a strong hitting performance to take a twinbill from the Quakers at the BC Softball Field.
In game one, the Eagles offense exploded for eight runs while starting pitcher Heather Jenkins turned in an outstanding performance in the circle en route to an 8-2 victory. Game two saw the Eagles jump ahead early before cruising to an 11-4 victory.
After Jenkins shut the Quakers down in the first, back-to-back base hits from the bats of Lauren Childress and Jenkins pushed in a pair of runs as the Eagles took a 2-0 lead early.
Both teams settled in during the third inning, with no runs being scored before Bridgewater added an additional insurance run in the bottom of the fourth off of an Aven Thomas double to right field to push its advantage to 4-0.
Following a scoreless fifth, Guilford responded with a two-run top of the sixth inning to cut the Eagles advantage to a 4-2 margin.
In the home half of the inning, a Sarah Heretick double to the left field gap drove in a trio of runs, before a throwing error by the Quakers second baseman allowed another run to score, pushing Bridgewater to a six run lead with an 8-2 tally.
Guilford had no response in the top of the seventh, as the Eagles rolled to an 8-2 ODAC win over the Quakers.
At the plate, five Bridgewater players had multi-hit games as the Eagles pounded out 13 hits on the Quakers pitching staff.
Jenkins earned her sixth win of the year in the circle. The sophomore allowed both runs, while striking out six to post the complete game win.
Right fielder Courtney Kozar led the way for the Quakers at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance.
Jessica Burcham picked up the loss for Guilford, allowing all eight runs on 13 hits. Burcham notched nine strikeouts in the loss.
In game two, Guilford struck first, tallying a run in the top of the first to take an early 1-0 lead over the Eagles.
Bridgewater answered in a big way, driving in five runs in the bottom half of the inning to take a 5-1 lead after one.
Senior Drew Rutledge continued to roll at the plate by opening the scoring with a three-RBI double, before a two-RBI double from the bat of Emily Morris pushed across a pair of runs to push the lead to 5-1.
Both teams were scoreless in the second inning, but Guilford chipped into the Bridgewater lead in a big way in the top of the third with a three run frame, to chop the Eagles' lead to 5-4.
In the bottom of the third, Bridgewater knocked a run in off of a Kristen Combs hit to add an insurance run and push the Eagles lead to 6-4.
Guilford was held off the scoreboard in the fourth before Bridgewater blew the game wide open in the fourth and fifth with five total runs to roll to take an 11-4 victory over the visiting Quakers.
Rutledge's 2-for-4 game led the way, with the senior driving in a game-high four RBI along the way.
On the day, Bridgewater posted 26 total hits.
In the circle, relief pitcher Amber Martsin picked up the win. Martsin tossed 4.1 innings of shutout ball, striking out five along the way.
Guilford was led at the plate by a 3-for-3 game from Sarah Cutright.
Bridgewater is back in action on Thursday when the Eagles host Christopher Newport. Action against the Captains is slated for a 3:00 p.m. start.