FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - One big inning in each game proved to be the difference Thursday as the University of Mary Washington swept a softball doubleheader from the Bridgewater College Eagles. Mary Washington won the opener 7-2 and then took the second game by a 5-0 count.
In the first game, a five-run outburst in the bottom of the second put the hosts ahead to stay. Mary Washington used five hits and one costly Bridgewater error to put five runs on the board.
Malia Rogers and Courtney She led off the frame with consecutive singles to put runners at first and third. Brittnee Hay reached on an error and Rogers scored on the play for the first run of the game.
Eagles' pitcher Brooke Louden tried to minimize the damage as she fanned the next two batters. Lindsey Aylo singled to load the bases and a single by Danielle New made the score 2-0. With the bases full, Hannah Bruns delivered a three-run double to left, pushing the margin to 5-0.
Another run in the bottom of the sixth made it 6-0 befpre the Eagles finally broke through with a run in the sixth. Lindsey Talley and Victoria Gontarz each walked to start the inning and the duo then pulled off a double steal. Talley scored on a groundout by Anna Patterson to trim the deficit to 6-1.
Mary Washington tallied a single run in the bottom of the sixth and the Eagles followed by scoring their final run in the top of the seventh. With two outs, consecutive singles by Lauren Wilson, Allison Patrick and Talley loaded the bases. Wilson scored on a wild pitch for the game's final run.
In the second game, Mary Washington snapped a scoreless tie with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Mary Washington had just one base hit in the inning, but three Bridgewater errors led to four unearned runs.
Mary Washington pitcher Kara Deppe made the runs stand up as she allowed just three hits in a complete-game shutout. Deppe struck out 10 and did not walk a batter.
Patterson pitched well but was saddled with the loss in the circle for Bridgewater. Patterson allowed just six hits and one earned run.
The Eagles, now 5-9 on the season, play their first home games of the season on Saturday when they host Frostburg State for a doubleheader at Fulk Field.