KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Bridgewater College picked up its first softball victory of the season with a 6-1 decision Sunday over Penn State - Altoona, earning a aplit of Sunday's games. In the first game Sunday, the Eagles were shut out by Muskingum, 3-0.
The Eagles got on the board in the bottom of the first against the Lions. Lindsay Talley led off with a single and eventually scored on Brooke Loudon's RBI-groundout for a 1-0 lead.
Bridgewater took control of the contest with a four-run outburst in the fourth. Lacey Shifflett led off the inning with a single and a single by Stephanie Carroll put two runners on. Talley then bunted for a hit to load the bases with no outs. Victoria Gontarz walked to force in a run, giving the Eagles a 2-0 lead.
Carroll was out at the plate on a grounder to third, but Carlita Tibbs followed with a two-run single to put the Eagles ahead 4-0. Anna Patterson walked to load the bases before a single by Mikalia Guard chased Louden home to make the score 5-0.
Penn State-Altoona got on the scoreboard with a run in the top of the fifth, but the Eagles answered with a run in the bottom half of the inning.
Patterson went the distance on the mound for the Eagles, allowing just one run on four hits. She struck out six and walked two.
Talley led Bridgewater's 10-hit attack as she finished 4-for-4 and scored two runs.
Bridgewater came out on the short end of a pitcher's duel in their first game Sunday against Muskingum.
The Muskies took the lead with a run in the bottom of the second against the Eagles. Melissa Maiorano singled to center and Kylie Zifer followed with a bunt single. Jennifer Schrader then reached on an infield error to load the bases with no outs. Maiorano scored on a wild pitch to put the Muskies on the board.
Muskingum added another run in the third. Krissy Hughes reached on an infield single, stole second and moved to third on a passed ball. Hughes scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Jessica Mathews, making the score 2-0.
The Muskies scored their final run in the fifth. Maiorano got the inning started with a one-out double. Pinch-runner Nikki Mantle moved to third on a single by Zifer and scored on Schrader's sacrifice bunt for a 3-0 Muskingum lead.
Muskingum starter Haley Dotson was perfect through four innings. Bridgewater broke up the perfect game bid in the fifth inning when Patterson singled with one out. Gontarz had Bridgewater's other base hit with a leadoff single in the seventh inning.
Louden pitched well for the Eagles, but was tagged with the loss. She allowed three runs on six hits in six innings on the mound.