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Eagles Run Winning Streak To Five Straight With Sweep Over Pitt-Bradford

Mikalia Guard runs the bases for the Eagles.

BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater College softball ran its winning streak to five in a row by sweeping Sunday's doubleheader over Pitt-Bradford, taking the first game 9-3 and then rallying to win the second game 5-4 in eight innings.

The visitors scored two runs in the top of the first in Game 1, but the Eagles had a quick response with four runs in the bottom of the first to take the lead for good.

With one out in the bottom of the first, Sydney Layman walked and Carlita Tibbs followed with a two-run homer to tie the score at 2-2. Mikalia Guard was hit by a pitch and, with two two outs, Mariah Wharton singled to keep the inning alive. Brooke Louden chased both runners home with a double down the left field line, putting the Eagles on top 4-2.

Two more runs in the second put the Eagles ahead by four runs. With two on and two out, Guard singled home both baserunners, making the score 6-2.

Tibbs and Guard each drove in a run in the fourth to push the lead to 8-2 and the teams traded runs in the sixth for the final 9-3 margin. Guard drove in Bridgewater's run in the sixth with a single.

Guard was 2-for-2 with four RBIs to lead the Eagles. Louden was 2-for-3 with two RBIs and Wharton added two hits.

Louden worked the first five innings in the circle to get the victory. She allowed two runs on six hits.

In the second game, the Panthers scored all of their runs in the first inning to jump out to a 4-0 lead.

The Eagles started chipping away at the deficit with a run in the second. Guard led off with a single and took third on a single by Brianna Whorley. Lauren Wilson then bunted for a hit and Guard scored on the play to put the Eagles on the scoreboard.

Birdgewater added runs in the third and fourth innings to make it a one–run game. After scoring an unearned run in the third inning, the Eagles went back to work in the fourth. Whorley led off the frame with a double and she scored on a single to right-center by Carolyn Campbell, cutting the Panthers' lead to 4-3.

The Eagles were down to their final out in the bottom of the seventh when Guard doubled to the gap in right-center, scoring Hannah Nyquist all the way from first base to tie the score at 4-4.

Pitt-Bradford started the eighth inning with Liz Dzurisin placed on second base. Dzurisin moved to third on a wild pitch, still with no outs. The Eagles recorded the first out on a grounder to first base. Karisa Cratty then hit a fly ball to right field for an apparent sacrifice fly, but Dzurisin was called out for leaving third base too soon when she tagged up as the Eagles escaped the inning without allowing a run.

Bridgewater started the bottom of the inning with Stephanie Carroll placed on second. Carroll moved to third on Whorley's sacrifice bunt and scored on Campbell's sacrifice fly to complete the 5-4 comeback victory.

Guard, Whorley and Wilson each collected two hits in the second game while Campbell drove in two runs.

Campbell survived the first inning to go the distance in the circle. She allowed 11 hits and all four runs were unearned.

Bridgewater is back in action Wednesday when the Eagles open conference play with a road trip to Winchester, Va., to play Shenandoah University.