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No. 15 Eagles Sweep Guilford on the Road

GREENSBORO, N.C. – A pair of outstanding pitching efforts coupled with two long balls proved to be the difference as the 15th-ranked Bridgewater Eagles (24-4, 8-2 ODAC) softball team swept a road doubleheader on Monday afternoon at Guilford.

The Eagles claimed the opener by a 5-2 score before claiming the finale by a 6-3 score in 10 innings.

Bridgewater got things rolling in the first inning of the opener with a single run to take a 1-0 lead after half an inning of play.

Following a pair of outs to leadoff the inning, a fielding error gave the Eagles new life with two away.

Starting pitcher Heather Jenkins made the Quakers (13-17, 1-9 ODAC) pay on the miscue when she delivered a single up the middle to score Leigh Lam, pushing the Eagles ahead 1-0.

After a scoreless second, the Quakers knotted the game up when a Kimberly Keys single and an Eagles' miscue in the field allowed a run to score to tie the score at one each.

Bridgewater used the long ball to regain the lead in the fourth when Sarah Heretick crushed a ball over the left field fence to put the Eagles ahead by a 2-1 margin.

Guilford scratched out a run in the fourth to knot the game up at two each which is where it would stand until the top of the sixth.

Jenkins again helped her own cause when she led off the sixth with a solo blast to put the Eagles back up a run at a 3-2 margin before shutting the door on the Quakers in the home half of the inning to give Bridgewater a one-run lead heading to the final stanza.

In the top of the seventh, the Bridgewater bats came alive as a Hillary Rees leadoff single was followed by a Kasey Anderson double to put runners at second and third with no outs.

Following a Lam pop up in foul territory, Lamb delivered the finishing blow with a double to left field, driving in Rees and Anderson to hand the Eagles a 5-2 advantage.

Jenkins held the Quakers in check in the bottom of the seventh as the Eagles rolled to a 5-2 victory in the opener.

At the plate, Jenkins and Lamb paced the way with two RBI each. Jenkins turned in a 2-for-3 effort and scored a run, while Lamb went 2-for-4 on the game.

Jenkins picked up the game one win, allowing one earned run on eight hits while fanning four to pick up her 12th victory of the year.

Key and Autumn Yoder paced the Quakers with two-hit games while Jessica Burcham picked up the loss, allowing all five runs in seven innings of action.

In the nightcap, the Quakers got on the Eagles early before Bridgewater stormed back to force extras.

Guilford got on the board in the first with a double to centerfield which plated Keys and Cynthia Hayes to own a 2-0 lead after an inning of play.

The Eagles were held scoreless in the second before Rachel Howard opened up the bottom of the second with a solo blast to left to extend the Quakers' lead to 3-0.

Following a scoreless third, Bridgewater tacked two runs on the board in the fourth to draw to within a run of the host Quakers.

Jenkins led the inning off with a single up the middle before Lam doubled to the opposite way put runners at second and third with no outs.

Heretick pushed in Jenkins on a single through the left side to cut the deficit to two before a Rees sacrifice fly later in the inning plated Lam to draw the score to 3-2.

Relief pitcher Summer Ramsey put the Quakers down in order in the bottom of the fourth before the Eagles tied things up in the bottom of the fifth.

Following a groundout to open the inning, Lamb doubled to left center and was replaced on the bases by freshman Amanda Lutz.

Lutz advanced to third on a groundout and was driven in on a Lam single to knot the game up at three runs each which is where things would stay through seven innings.   

In the eighth, both teams left the placed runner on the base paths in a scoreless frame before Bridgewater looked to close out the game in the ninth.

Junior Morgan Williams was placed on second to open the inning before a Rees single and an Aven Thomas walk loaded the bases for the Eagles with one away.

Lamb followed with a strikeout before Jenkins hit a laser to third base to end the top of the ninth, keeping the game tied at three runs each.

Guilford looked to have new life in the bottom of the frame when a fielding miscue allowed runners to reach second and third, but Ramsey again slammed the door on the Quakers to push the game to the 10th.

Jenkins was placed on second to open the inning before a Lam sacrifice bunt pushed the junior to third base with one away. Heretick followed with a walk, but a groundout put runners at second and third with one out remaining for the Eagles in the stanza.

Williams delivered for the Eagles with a single, pushing in Jenkins and Heretick to give Bridgewater a two-run lead before a Rees triple scored Williams to finalize the scoring at a 6-3 tally.

Ramsey cut down the Quakers in order in the bottom of the inning to secure the victory, handing the Eagles the doubleheader sweep with a 6-3 triumph.

At the plate, Rees and Williams paced four players with two hits each. Rees went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a walk, while Williams was 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Lamb went 1-for-5 in the nightcap to extend her hitting streak to nine games.

Ramsey picked up the victory in relief of Thomas, working the final nine innings. The senior tossed nine innings of four-hit ball to secure her fourth win of the season.

Howard paced the Quakers at the plate with a 2-for-4 effort while Brittany Donathan was tagged with the loss.

Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday when Shenandoah comes to town. First pitch against the Hornets is set for 3:30 p.m.