BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Frostburg State swept a softball doubleheader Monday from the Bridgewater College Eagles, winning the first game 1-0 and the second game 9-0.
The opener was a classic pitcher's duel between Bridgewater's Brooke Louden and the Bobcats' Allison Short.
Louden took a two-hit shutout into the top of the seventh, but then the Bobcats nicked the Eagles' pitcher for the only run they would need.
Hannah Tavlik led off the seventh for the Bobcats with a bloop single to left. Olivia Ford entered the game as a pinch runner for Tavlik and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Emily Harvey then lined a single to center, scoring Ford for a 1-0 Frostburg State lead.
Louden stranded Harvey at second by retiring the next three batters to keep the score at 1-0 entering the bottom of the seventh inning.
Short carried a perfect game into the final inning as she retired the first 18 batters in order. Lindsey Talley lined out to center for the first out of the seventh and Hannah Nyquist grounded out to shortstop for the second out. With just one out to go, Short lost the perfect game bid when Mikalia Guard's infield popup fell just out of the reach of third baseman Brittney Platt for an infield single. Short preserved the shutout and the victory when she retired Anna Patterson on a foul pop to first for the game's final out.
Louden took the loss in the circle despite allowing just the one run on four hits. She struck out three and did not walk a batter. Frostburg's Short finished with six strikeouts and no walks.
The Bobcats jumped on the Eagles for five runs in the top of the first inning and never looked back to win the second game.
All five runs in the first inning were unearned as three Bridgewater throwing errors coupled with four Frostburg hits led to the five runs.
The early runs were more than enough for Tavik as she limited the Eagles to just one base hit in her five innings of work in the circle. Tavik struck out nine and walked three batters.
Bridgewater's lone hit and best scoring chance came in the bottom of the fourth. Katie Merhout walked to lead off the inning and, with one out, Carlita Tibbs bunted for a base hit to put runners at first and second. Tavik struck out the next two batters to keep the Eagles off the scoreboard.
Bridgewater, now 5-11 on the season, returns to action Wednesday when the Eagles host Shenandoah for an ODAC doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m.