BRIDGEWATER, Va. - After turning in an outstanding offensive effort in the opener, the 23rd-ranked Bridgewater Eagles softball team erased an early three-run deficit in the nightcap to post a doubleheader sweep of visiting Shenandoah University (20-15) on Wednesday afternoon.
Bridgewater (26-4) was victorious by a 7-4 tally in the opener before storming back to pick up a 10-4 win in game two.
In game one, the Eagles pounded out a pair of hits and used a fielding miscue from the Hornets in a two-run first inning to take an early advantage.
Following a flyout to open the frame, sophomore Kasey Anderson singled to left and advanced on the left fielder's error to put a runner in scoring position with one out.
Two batters later a Leigh Lam single drove in Anderson and Thomas to put the Eagles up 2-0 after one.
Starting pitcher Heather Jenkins put the Hornets down 1-2-3 in the second before the Eagles tallied another run to take a 3-0 lead after two.
Back-to-back outs opened the inning until Hillary Rees drove a 3-0 pitch to left center for a double to put a runner in scoring position with two away. Anderson followed Rees' double with one of her own to tally an insurance run to hand the Eagles a 3-0 advantage.
Shenandoah scraped out a run in the third with a single to chip into the Bridgewater lead but the Eagles answered in a big way with two-outs in the home half of the stanza.
Senior Sarah Heretick got things going with two away in the third with a single, pushing Lam, who reached base on a fielder's choice in the previous at-bat, to second base.
Junior Sarah Goodman singled in the ensuing at bat and drove in Lam on an error by the left fielder to push the Bridgewater lead to 4-1.
Fellow junior Morgan Williams followed Goodman's single with one of her own, driving in Heretick and Goodman in the process, to extend the Bridgewater lead to 6-1 after three.
Bridgewater added a run in the fourth when Jenkins stung a double to left center to score Thomas, but Shenandoah wouldn't go down without a fight as the Hornets put together a three-run fifth to cut the Eagles' lead to 7-4 after five complete.
Over the final two innings, the Hornets had just one base runner as Jenkins kept Shenandoah in check to earn the 7-4 victory.
Anderson, Lamb and Heretick each turned in two-hit games for the Eagles in the win, while Lam and Williams each had two-RBI games in the opener.
Jenkins picked up the win in the circle allowing four runs on eight hits. The junior struck out six to earn win number 13 of the season, matching her wins total from last season.
Shenandoah was paced offensively by Brittany Guepe's two-hit effort while Brooke Over picked up the loss, allowing seven runs on nine hits.
In the nightcap, the Hornets took an early lead before Bridgewater climbed back to take the lead in the second.
Following a scoreless first, the Hornets stuck a three-spot on the board in the top of the second to own a 3-0 lead after one-and-a-half innings of play.
Bridgewater responded in a big way by batting around in the home half of the inning, scoring four runs along the way to own a 4-3 lead after two complete.
Jenkins opened the inning with a single before a Lam double and a Brea Hinegarnder single loaded the bases with no outs.
Senior Ann Komara singled to right field to push home Jenkins, putting the Eagles on the board.
Williams followed with a single through the left side, plating Lam and Hinegarder to tie the game up at three runs each.
After a strike out and a wild pitch put two runners in scoring position, an Anderson fielder's choice pushed in Komara to give the Eagles a 4-3 lead after two innings of action.
Bridgewater remained ahead until the fifth when the Hornets used two hits and an Eagles fielding miscue to score a run, knotting the game up at a 4-4- tally.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles put together an offensive explosion, scoring six runs in the frame to finalize the scoring at a 10-4 tally.
Heretick singled to drive in the first run before an error on the first baseman allowed Komara to score, handing the Eagles a 6-4 lead.
Thomas followed with a walk to load the bases for Lamb. The junior watched the first pitch go by for a ball before belting a grand slam over the center field fence to extend the Bridgewater lead to 10-4, which is where things would end, earning the Eagles a doubleheader sweep.
Eight players each tallied a hit in the nightcap with Lamb's four-RBI effort leading the way.
Thomas picked up the win in relief of starting pitcher Summer Ramsey. Thomas allowed one run on three hits across five innings of work to pick up her ninth victory of the season.
Heather Sink and Lauren McCabe paced the Hornets in the nightcap with two hits each while Over picked up the game two loss, tossing 4.2 innings of relief work, allowing six runs on two hits along the way.
Bridgewater is back in action on Saturday afternoon at Roanoke. First pitch against the Maroons is set for 2 p.m.