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Baseball Opens Season With Split At Brevard

Brett Jones hit two homers in Bridgewater's 21-1 win over Brevard in the first game of a doubleheader.

BREVARD, N.C. – Bridgewater College opened its season Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader split at Brevard College. The Eagles took the opener 21-1, but Brevard salvaged a split with two runs in its last at bat to take a 6-5 win in the second game.

In the opener, Eagles jumped out to a 3-0 in the first inning and broke the game open with six runs in the sixth and 10 more in the eighth.

Austin Batten led off the game with a walk and moved to second on a fly ball. Batten stole third and scored on a fielder's choice to put the Eagles on the board. A double by Luke Paczewski put runners at second and third and Jacob Talley chased both runners home with a single to right, giving Bridgewater a 3-0 lead.

Brett Jones' solo homer in the third made it 4-0 before the Tornadoes got on the board with a run in the fourth, trimming the deficit to 4-1.

The Eagles added an unearned run in the fifth and then opened up the lead with a six-run sixth. The first two batters in the sixth – Garrison Wright and Cameron Stanley reached base when hit by a pitch. Michael Morgan moved the runners up with a sacrifice bunt and both scored on Batten's single to left, making the score 7-1. Batten moved up to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Chris King to push the lead to 8-1. Paczewski reached on an error and Jones followed with his second homer of the game, making the score 11-1.

Bridgewater added another big inning in the eighth, scoring 10 runs for a 21-1 lead. Chris King singled home two runs with a single and Will Clift plated a run with a base hit. Cameron Stanley added a two-run double to chase home the final two runs of the inning.

Five Bridgewater pitchers combined to limit Brevard to seven hits. Tristan Daywalt and Kyle Hasforth each pitched two shutout frames. Samuel Imeson and Kyle Jones each pitched one scoreless inning.

Brevard jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings in the second game, but the Eagles rallied to tie the score with three runs in the fifth and one in the sixth.

Batten led off the fifth inning with a single and Parker Mead was hit by a pitch. Batten scored on King's double to left, cutting the Brevard lead to 4-1. Mead scored on a single by Paczewski to make it 4-2. With runners at the corners, Talley plated King with a sacrifice fly to center to pull the Eagles to within one, 4-3.

The Eagles got the first two runners on in the sixth when Morgan was hit by a pitch and Batten reached on an infield single. Both runners moved up on Mead's grounder to the right side. With two outs, the Eagles tied the score when the third baseman misplayed Paczewski's grounder, allowing Morgan to score the tying run. With runners at the corners, the Eagles tried the double steal, but Batten was thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

With two outs in the seventh the Eagles took the lead when Garrison Wright doubled and scored on a throwing error, giving the Eagles a 6-5 advantage.

Bridgewater was unable to hold the one-run lead as the Tornadoes won the game in the bottom of the seventh. With two outs and no one on base, Brevard strung together three straight hits to win the game. Ryan Roon's two-run base hit provided the winning runs.

Paczewski, Wright and Talley had two hits each in the second game. With hits in both ends of the twinbill, Talley ran his hitting streak to 23 straight games.

On the mound, Jordan Showalter worked two shutout innings and Ryan Skadra retired the side in order in the sixth in his college debut.

The Eagles return to action next weekend with four home games. Bridgewater hosts Messiah for two games on Saturday and on Sunday, Juniata will come to Bridgewater for a doubleheader.