KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Junior Heather Jenkins tossed a complete-game, one-hit shutout, while the Bridgewater Eagles (6-0) softball team scraped out a run in the first to take down tenth-ranked Coast Guard by a 1-0 score at the Rebel Spring Games. Bridgewater also defeated Sage by a 9-1 score in five innings in the first game of the day to earn the daily sweep.
In the top of the first inning, the Eagles got on the board when Melanie Lamb stroked a single up the middle to score Kasey Anderson to put Bridgewater up by a 1-0 score after half an inning. Anderson reached on a single and stole second to get into scoring position before being driven in by Lamb to put the Eagles up early.
Coast Guard (5-1), which jumped from 13th to 10th in the Coaches Poll released today, looked to respond in the first, but only picked up one hit as the Eagles held a 1-0 lead after an inning of play.
In the middle innings, Jenkins and Coast Guard All-American hurler and 2011 Division III strikeouts leader Hayley Feindel matched up in a classic pitcher's duel as the Bridgewater defense made a number of sensational plays to keep the Bears at bay.
After the two teams went quiet in the middle frames, Coast Guard came alive in the sixth when a leadoff walk turned into a runner in scoring position after a sacrifice bunt. Bears designated player Catherine Walker advanced to third base on a groundout before Jenkins retired the side on a groundout to take maintain the 1-0 lead as the game headed to the seventh.
Bridgewater looked to add some insurance runs in the seventh when the Eagles loaded the bases. Senior Sarah Heretick led the inning off with a walk before Brea Hinegardner reached on an error on the second baseman to put runners at first and second with no outs. Freshman Amanda Lutz and junior Leigh Lam pinch ran for Heretick and Lutz before a single to left field from Jenkins loaded the bases with one away. The Eagles ended the inning with a strike out and a groundout but still held on to a 1-0 lead heading to the bottom of the seventh.
Jenkins finalized her gem with a 1-2-3 seventh to earn the victory for the Eagles.
At the plate, senior Hillary Rees paced the way with a 2-for-4 game at the plate, while Anderson chipped in a 1-for-2 game and scored the game-winning run.
Jenkins was stellar in the circle, going the distance on just 78 pitches for the win. The Locust Grove, Va. native surrendered just two walks and struck out four batters to earn her fourth win of the year. Jenkins lowered her ERA to a mind-numbing 0.33 with her performance.
In the opener, the Eagles used a five-run second inning to run away to a 9-1 victory over Sage in five innings.
After a scoreless first inning, Bridgewater batted through in the second inning as the Eagles tallied five runs to take a 5-0 lead.
Following a leadoff walk by Leigh Lam, freshman Ashley Runion doubled to left field before senior Ann Komara singled to left field to put the Eagles on the board. Komara put Bridgewater up 2-0 when she scored on an error by the catcher before an Anderson single to second base drove in Lutz to give the Eagles a three-run lead. Anderson swiped second base to put two runners in scoring position before a Thomas triple to right center drove in Anderson and Rees to put the Eagles up 5-0 after two.
Both teams went down scoreless in the third before Sage tallied a run to chip the Bridgewater lead to 5-1.
In the bottom of the fourth, Bridgewater answered with two runs to extend its lead to 7-1.
Anderson drove in Rees on single up the middle to open the scoring before a Lam double drove in the speedy freshman to put the Eagles up 7-1 after four complete.
Sage went down in order in the fifth before the Eagles put the game in the books with two runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Freshman Maggie Kurtzuba was hit by a pitch before a double by Rees drove in the Louisiana native to put the Eagles up 8-1. After an Anderson single, a Thomas groundout plated Rees to seal the deal, handing Bridgewater a 9-1 win.
Anderson paced the Eagles with a perfect 4-for-4 outing, with two runs scored and a RBI.
In the circle, senior Summer Ramsey went the distance to earn the win. Ramsey allowed five hits and one run to earn the victory.
Bridgewater is back in action on Thursday with a doubleheader against Muskingum and Cortland State. Action against Muskingum is set for a 1:00 p.m. start, while the first pitch against Cortland State is set for 5:00 p.m.