BRIDGEWATER - Bridgewater continued its strong play as of late by sweeping Frostburg State in a non-conference softball doubleheader Friday afternoon. Bridgewater won the opener 4-1 and then took the second game, 11-5. The Eagles have won eight of their last nine games.
Keirston Kennedy had a huge game for the Eagles in the opener after entering the game in the top of the first inning in relief of starting pitcher Brooke Louden.
Sam Gatton led off the game with a double for the Bobcats and took third on an infielder grounder. Gatton tried to score on a wild pitch, but Eagles' catcher Mariah Wharton flipped the ball to Louden covering the plate and the Eagles pitcher applied the tag for the second out of the inning. Louden, however, was injured on the play and was forced to leave the game with Kennedy taking over in the circle.
Kennedy gave up a run-scoring double to Brittany Platt in the top of the second as the Bobcats took a 1-0 lead, but the Eagles responded to take the lead for good with three runs in the bottom half of the second.
With one out, Stephanie Carroll was hit by a pitch and Wharton followed with a single to right center. Kennedy then stepped to the plate and belted a mammoth, three-run homer that hit the indoor batting facility in left-center field, putting the Eagles on top, 3-1.
Bridgewater added its final run in the third inning. Carlita Tibbs led off with a single to right and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Mikalia Guard. Tibbs moved to third on a goundout and then scored on Wharton's single, giving the Eagles a 4-1 lead.
Kennedy pitched 6.1 innings and allowed one run on five hits to earn the victory. Kennedy struck out four batters and walked three.
Bridgewater scored nine runs in the first three innings to take control of the second game.
Morgan Landes led off the bottom of the first inning for the Eagles and reached first and advanced to second on a throwing error. Landes scored on a single by Tibbs as the Eagles took an early 1-0 lead.
Bridgewater added four more runs in the second inning. Wharton and Brianna Whorley led off the inning with back-to-back singles, giving the Eagles runners at first and second. Wharton scored when Anna Patterson's grounder was misplayed for an error, making the score 2-0. Whorley was thrown out on the play while trying to advance to third for the first out of the inning. Katie Merhout then walked and Landes singled to load the bases. Sydney Layman then singled to left-center, scoring two runs for a 4-0 Bridgewater lead. Tibbs followed with a single off the second baseman's glove and Landes hustled home when the infielder held the ball, putting the Eagles on top 5-0.
After the Bobcats got on the board with a run in the top of the third, the Eagles blew the game open with four more runs in the bottom half of the third. Wharton led off with a single and Whorley was hit by a pitch. A single to center by Patterson loaded the sacks with no outs. Merhout plated a run with a single to right and, with the bases still loaded, Landes walked to force in a run, making the score 7-1. After Layman fouled out, Tibbs singled to left, scoring Merhout and Patterson for a 9-1 Bridgewater lead.
After the Bobcats trimmed the deficit to 9-5, the Eagles scored their final two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hannah Trala led off the inning with a single and moved to second on Merhout's sacrifice bunt. With two outs, Layman singled up the middle, scoring Trala to make it 10-5. Landes moved around to third on a single by Tibbs and then scored on a single by Guard, giving the Eagles an 11-5 advantage.
Patterson pitched the first four innings to get the win in the circle. She allowed two runs on five hits. Trala allowed three runs, just one earned, in the final three innings to record the save.
Tibbs was 4-for-4 with three RBIs to lead the Eagles' 14-hit attack. Layman finished 2-for-4 and also drove in three runs.
The Eagles, now 13-9 on the season, return to action Wednesday when they host Roanoke College for a conference doubleheader.