KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Bridgewater split a pair of one-run games Thursday in spring break softball action. The Eagles opened the day with a 3-2 victory over Misericordia and then dropped a 7-6 decision to John Carroll.
Misericordia jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first, but the Eagles answered in the top of the second. Stephanie Carroll led off the inning with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Lauren Wilson's groundout to tie the score at 1-1.
Misericordia tied the score with a run in the bottom of the second, but the Eagles answered again, this time with two runs in the third to take the lead for good. Lindsey Talley reached base with a one-out single and Sydney Layman followed with a run-scoring double to tie the score at 2-2. Layman advanced to third on the throw home on her double and then scored on Katie Merhout's grounder as the Eagles assumed a 3-2 lead.
Brooke Louden went the distance in the circle, allowing just one earned run on seven hits. She struck out five and walked one.
In the second game, John Carroll pushed across the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the sixth inning to defeat the Eagles.
Bridgewater jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first three innings. The Eagles took advantage of two errors to score their first run in the bottom of the first and later in the frame Stephanie Carroll doubled to drive in a run, giving the Eagles a quick 2-0 lead.
Bridgewater added two more runs in the second when Merhout singled in two runs to make the score, 4-0. In the fifth inning, Mariah Wharton belted a solo homer, giving the Eagles a 5-0 lead.
John Carroll got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth, but the Eagles got one back in the bottom half of the inning. Talley led off the inning with a single and a one-out walk to Merhout put two runners on. Talley scored on a single by Mikalia Guard as the Eagles moved ahead 6-2.
John Carroll made it a one-run game with three runs in the fifth and then added the deciding runs in the sixth. Hannah Mizener had the clutch hit for John Carroll with a two-out, two-run double in the sixth inning.
John Carroll's Madison Eagle retired the Eagles in order over the final two frames to preserve the win.
Bridgewater finishes its spring break trip Thursday with games against Penn State-New Kensington and Muskingum.