Softball

 

No. 24 Softball Runs Winning Streak to Seven with Doubleheader Sweep of York (Pa.)

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Junior pitcher Heather Jenkins tossed her third shutout of the week, while the Bridgewater Eagles softball team pounded out six runs en route to a 6-0 victory in the opener before the Eagles manufactured a pair of runs in a 2-0 shutout victory and a doubleheader sweep of the visiting York College Spartans.

Bridgewater got on the board in the first inning of the opener when a Leigh Lam single down the left field line drove in Kasey Anderson to put the Eagles ahead 1-0 after an inning of play.

Following a scoreless second from both teams, the Eagles added two more runs in the third to own a 3-0 lead after three complete.

Anderson led the inning off with a single before stealing second to put a runner in scoring position with no outs in the third. Jenkins followed the Anderson single with one of her own to plate Anderson, putting the Eagles ahead 2-0.

Junior Melanie Lamb grounded out to the shortstop for the first out of the inning before Lam drilled a double to left center, scoring Jenkins to push the Bridgewater advantage to 3-0.

Jenkins again mowed through the York lineup in the fourth before Bridgewater tallied two more runs in the home half of the frame to extend the lead to 5-0.

Senior Ann Komara led the inning off with a walk before being moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Senior Hillary Rees drove Komara in with a single to put the Eagles up 4-0 before swiping second base to put another runner in scoring position for Bridgewater in the fourth.

Jenkins added to the Bridgewater tally with a double to the outfield, scoring Rees to put the Eagles ahead 5-0 after four innings of play.

Following a scoreless fifth, Bridgewater added another run in the sixth to push the game to a 6-0 Eagles advantage. Bridgewater pushed its lead to six runs when a sacrifice fly to right field from Rees pushed in Morgan Williams to finalize the scoring at a 6-0 tally.

In the top of the sixth, York pounded out one hit but didn't get a run on Jenkins as the Eagles rolled to a 6-0 victory in the opener.

Anderson and Jenkins paced the Bridgewater bats in the opener with 2-for-3 games, respectively. Anderson scored twice and stole three bases in the win, while Jenkins scored once and drove in two runs to help propel the Eagles to the victory.

Jenkins tossed another gem, needing just 70 pitches to earn her eighth win of the year. The junior allowed just five hits in a shutout effort while striking out six to notch the win in the circle.

Starting pitcher Brittany Therres picked up the loss for the Spartans, while five hitters recorded a hit each for York in the loss.

In the second half of the doubledip, a pitcher's duel took over the game early before Bridgewater finally got on the board in the fourth inning to take the lead.

Bridgewater got things started with a Thomas walk before the junior advanced to second on the wild pitch to put a runner in scoring position with one out. Thomas advanced to third on a groundout from the bat of Amanda Lutz before a Komara single to centerfield put the Eagles up 1-0 after four complete.

Both teams went down without a run in the fifth but Bridgewater added an insurance run in the sixth to extend the BC lead to 2-0.

Thomas again reached via walk with one out in the sixth and was driven in during the ensuing at bat when a Lutz double to left center gave the Eagles an added insurance run and a 2-0 lead after six.

York threatened in the top of the seventh with a leadoff triple, but Thomas got out of the mini-jam to wrap up the 2-0 victory for the Eagles handing Bridgewater its seventh straight victory.

Anderson led the Eagles with a 2-for-3 effort in the second game and added a stolen base in the win.

Thomas posted the victory in the circle, tossing a two-hit shutout to earn her fifth victory of the season.

York was paced at the plate by two players with a hit each including Therres' leadoff triple. Starting pitcher Sara Thacker picked up the loss, going four complete while surrendering the winning run.

Bridgewater is back in action on Thursday when it does battle with Eastern Mennonite at JMU's Veterans Park in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) opener. First pitch of the doubleheader with the Royals is set for 5 p.m.