BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater swept Friday's softball doubleheader with Mary Baldwin, winning the first game 7-1 and the second game 10-2.
The Eagles took the lead in the opener with a run in the third. Jessica Dawson reached base on a one-out single and moved to second on a groundout. Dawson took third on Sydney Layman's single to left and scored on a single to center by Carlita Tibbs to put the Eagles up 1-0.
After the Squirrels tied the score with a run in the top of the fourth inning, Bridgewater took the lead for good with a five-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth. Stephanie Carroll and Ryann Crennan led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Carroll scored on a single to right by Brooke Louden to put the Eagles ahead to stay. Katie Merhout was safe at first after her grounder forced Louden out at second, leaving the Eagles with runners at the corners and one out. Dawson then hit a grounder to short and Crennan beat the throw home for a 3-1 Eagles lead. Dawson was out trying to advance to second on the throw home, but Merhout raced around to score on a throwing error, making the score 4-1. Lindsey Talley then reached first on an error and scored on Sydney Layman's double down the right-field line, increasing the lead to 5-1. Layman raced home on a single by Tibbs, pushing the margin to 6-1.
Bridgewater added its final run in the bottom of the sixth. Pinch-hitter Taylor Novak reached on a one-out single and moved to second on a groundout. After Tibbs was hit by a pitch, Mikalia Guard chased Novak home with a single for the final 7-1 score.
Louden went the distance in the circle to pick up the victory. She allowed seven hits and one run in seven innings while striking out eight and walking just one. Tibbs was 3-for-3 with two RBIs while Layman and Louden added two hits each.
Bridgewater scored first in the second game with a single run in the bottom of the second. Brianna Whorley reached on a two-out single and Keirston Kennedy followed with a triple to the gap in right-center to put the Eagles on the scoreboard.
The Squirrels tied the score with a run in the top of the third inning, but the Eagles answered with four runs in the bottom half of the frame. Merhout and Hannah Nyquist started the inning with consecutive singles and Tibbs followed with a single to left, scoring Merhout to make the score 2-1. Guard then stepped to the plate and belted a three-run homer to left-center, giving Bridgewater a 5-1 advantage.
Guard singled home another run in the fourth to push the lead to 6-1. Mary Baldwin pushed across a run in the top of the fifth, but the Eagles added two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning on three straight extra-base hits with two outs. Kennedy kept the inning alive with a double and scored on a double by Morgan Landes to make the score 7-2. Landes scored on a triple by Merhout to put the Eagles up 8-2.
The Eagles ended the game with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Tibbs led off the inning with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Marlee Carroll. A pair of groundouts moved Marlee Carroll to third and she scored on a wild pitch, giving Bridgewater a 9-2 lead. Mariah Wharton then walked and raced around the bases on a double by Whorley, making the final score 10-2.
Kennedy pitched a complete game, allowing two runs on four hits. She struck out six and walked two. Guard finished the second game with a 2-for-3 effort and four RBIs to lead the Eagles' 14-hit attack. Merhout, Tibbs, Kennedy and Whorley each finished with two hits in the second game.
With the two victories, Bridgewater evens its record at 8-8. The Eagles are back in aciton Sunday afternoon when they host a doubleheader with Pitt-Bradford.