No. 23 Eagles Sweep Emory & Henry; Anderson Sets Stolen Bases Record
BRIDGEWATER, Va. – Junior Aven Thomas drilled a walk-off grand slam in the nightcap after the 23rd-ranked Bridgewater Eagles softball team posted an easy win in the opener to notch a doubleheader sweep over visiting Emory & Henry on Senior Day at Bridgewater.
The Eagles took the opener by a 6-1 score before claiming a 10-1 victory in six innings in game two. In the second game, sophomore Kasey Anderson stole her 37th base of the season to become the single-season stolen bases leader.
Bridgewater looked to get on the board in the first inning of the opener but left the bases loaded to keep the game scoreless through the opening stanza.
Junior starter Heather Jenkins held the visiting Wasps off of the scoreboard in the second before the Eagles tagged three runs on the board in the bottom of the inning.
Senior Sarah Heretick drew a lead-off walk to open the frame before the Wasps looked to get out of the inning by forcing back-to-back outs.
With two away, senior Hillary Rees stung a double to right field, pushing Heretick to third until an Anderson single pushed home Heretick, handing the Eagles a 1-0 lead.
Anderson stole second base to put a pair of runners back in scoring position. Rees scored on a wild pitch, while Anderson advanced to third, building the Bridgewater lead to 2-0.
During the ensuing at-bat, Thomas drilled a single up the middle, plating Anderson in the process to extend the Bridgewater lead to 3-0 after two.
Emory & Henry went down without a run in the third, leaving the door open for the Eagles to extend their lead in the bottom of the frame.
Jenkins led off the frame with a double to left center, which was followed by a Leigh Lam single, putting runners at second and third for the Eagles with no outs.
Heretick pushed across a run with an RBI groundout, pushing the Bridgewater lead to 4-0.
Komara followed the groundout with a single to centerfield, putting runners on the corners before a Morgan Williams single plated Lam to extend the lead to five runs.
An error on the shortstop on a grounder from the bat of Rees allowed Komara to score, extending the Eagles' lead to 6-1 after three complete.
Both teams went down without a run in the fourth but it was the Wasps getting on the board in the fifth to cut the Bridgewater lead to five, which is where things would end as the Eagles prevailed by a 6-1 tally in the opener.
Rees led the offense with a 2-for-4 effort and a run scored while eight different Bridgewater batters recorded a hit in the win.
Jenkins picked up the win in the circle, allowing one run on four hits in game one.
Four Emory & Henry batters pounded out a hit each in the loss.
Jennifer True picked up the loss in the circle for the Wasps, allowing six runs on nine hits.
Bridgewater got consistent scoring in the nightcap before blowing the game wide open in the fifth and sixth.
After a scoreless first, the Eagles got on the board with a single run in the second to take a 1-0 lead after two innings of play.
Melanie Lamb singled to open the second before back-to-back strikeouts put the Eagles in a jam with a runner at first base and two outs.
Sophomore Brea Hinegardner got the Eagles on the board with a double to right center, scoring Lamb to push Bridgewater ahead by a 1-0 tally.
Emory & Henry scratched out a run in the top of the third on a fielder's choice to tie the game up at a run each.
In the bottom of the third, Bridgewater again responded with a run to regain the lead at a 2-1 tally.
Williams reached on an error by the shortstop to leadoff the third, but the Wasps again looked to get out of the early jam with back-to-back strikeouts while holding Williams at first base with two away.
Bridgewater turned to small ball to regain the lead when Williams stole second base and was driven in on a Thomas single as the Eagles took the lead back, 2-1.
Both teams went down without a run in the fourth before the Eagles blew the game open with a three-run fifth.
Komara opened the frame with a single up the middle and was advanced on a Williams sacrifice bunt to put a runner in scoring position with one away.
Rees got the scoring started when she drove in Komara off of a double to left, extending the Eagles lead to 3-1.
Anderson kept things going with a single up the middle, scoring Rees.
Following Anderson's single, the sophomore swiped second base to earn her 37th stolen base off the year, to become the single-season stolen bases leader. The previous record was held by Andrea Eger who stole 36 bases in a 1999.
Thomas rounded out the scoring with a double to left, plating Anderson in the process to hand the Eagles a 5-1 lead after five complete.
Starting pitcher Summer Ramsey continued to keep the Wasps off balance by putting the visitors down in order in the top of the sixth before a number of Emory & Henry miscues and a grand slam in the bottom of the inning ended the ball game.
Heretick reached on an error to open the inning in a pinch-hitting role and was replaced at first base by Leigh Lam.
Two batters later, Lam scored on a fielder's choice and an error to put the Eagles up 6-1.
Following a fly out, Rees earned a one-out walk and Anderson reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases for Thomas.
The junior watched the first pitch go by for a ball before crushing a pitch over the fence in centerfield to end the ball game and hand Bridgewater a 10-1 victory to complete the doubleheader sweep.
Thomas' 3-for-4 game with six RBI paced the Bridgewater offense, while Rees and Anderson each scored two runs in the win.
Ramsey was outstanding in the circle in game two. The senior hurler fanned four batters and allowed just one run on three hits to earn her fifth victory of the season.
Three Wasps scraped out a hit each in the loss, while the Eagles tagged 10 runs on starting pitcher Brandy Bryant to hand the freshman the loss.
Bridgewater is back in action on Wednesday at Christopher Newport. First pitch against the tenth-ranked Captains is set for 3 p.m.