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Softball Splits Twinbill at Shenandoah

Softball Splits Twinbill at Shenandoah

WINCHESTER, Va. – In a rare Friday night twinbill, the Bridgewater Eagles offense struggled to get started before tallying three runs in the nightcap to earn a non-conference split with the Shenandoah Hornets.

In the opener, Bridgewater scattered just five hits as the Eagles offense struggled to hit Hornets starter Brooke Over. Shenandoah won the opener by a 1-0 tally, before Bridgewater rallied for a 3-2 win in the second game.

After a scoreless first and second, the Hornets got on the board with a run in the home half of the third to score the lone run of the game.

Bridgewater put runners on the corners with two outs, but a strikeout ended the Eagles chances to force extras as Shenandoah took the first game by a 1-0 score.

Five players tallied a hit a piece for the Eagles to lead the offense.

In the circle, sophomore Heather Jenkins was effective allowing just one run on seven hits to pick up the loss.

Shenandoah was led offensively by a 2-for-2 game from shortstop Heather Sink. Renoula Jones was 1-for-3 and drove in the game-winning run for the Hornets.

Over picked up the shutout win in the circle, fanning 13 Bridgewater batters along the way.

In the nightcap, Shenandoah took an early 2-0 lead before the Eagles charged back to knot the game up in the third.

Shenandoah used a pair of singles in the bottom of the second to get on the board with two runs in the inning to jump out to an early lead over the Eagles.

Bridgewater responded in the top of the third when a Lauren Childress single through the left side drove in freshman Kasey Anderson to chip the Hornets lead to 2-1.

Following a Leigh Lam walk and a pitching change from Shenandoah, a Drew Rutledge fielder's choice pushed in sophomore Melanie Lamb to tie the game up at two each through two-and-a-half.

The Eagles took the lead in the top of the fifth when an Emily Morris walk was followed up by a double to left field from Childress to put Bridgewater up by a 3-2 score.

Shenandoah looked to respond quickly in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff triple from Sink but starting pitcher Aven Thomas worked her way out of the mini jam to hang on to a 3-2 lead as game headed to the sixth.

Both teams went down without a run over the final two innings as the Eagles earned the split with a 3-2 victory in the nightcap.

At the plate, Childress paced the Eagles offense with a 3-for-4 game. The Franklin, Va. native also drove in two RBI to lead the way.

Thomas earned the victory in the circle for the Eagles, allowing two runs on just six hits.

Hornet starting pitcher Jordan Wolford led the Shenandoah offense with a 2-for-3 game and picked up the loss in the circle tossing 4.1 innings of work.

Bridgewater wraps up the 2011 season on Sunday when its hosts McDaniel for Senior Day. Sunday's game also marks the Eagles' version of the Score for the Cure game. The twinbill with the Green Terror is slated for a 2:00 p.m. first pitch.