MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – Bridgewater finished its spring break trip on a winning note with a 15-4 victory Thursday morning over Penn State-Berks.
The Lions jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a two-run homer by Toby Welk in the bottom of the first inning.
Bridgewater got on the board in the third. Brett Jones led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a one-out single by Jake Bailey. Phillip Herber plated Jones with a single, trimming the deficit to 2-1.
The Eagles went ahead to stay with three runs in the fifth inning. Jake Bailey reached when he was hit by a pitch and Herber followed with a base hit. A double steal put both runners in scoring position and Jacob Grabeel chased both runners home with a two-run single, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead. Grabeel continued to second on his base hit on a throw home and then scored on a single by Michael Morgan, making the score 4-2.
The score remained 4-2 until the seventh when the Eagles scored three more runs. Grabeel singled with one out and Morgan reached on a walk. Austin Batten then belted a three-run homer for a 7-2 Eagles lead.
Three more runs in the top of the eighth pushed the lead to 10-2. Herber reached base on a two-base error and raced home on a single by Morgan. Morgan stole second and scored on Talley's single to make it 9-2. After Parker Mead reached on an error, Jacob Talley singled to score Batten, making the score 10-2.
The Lions scored in the bottom of the eighth inning on a two-run single by Pierce Harhigh, making the score 10-4.
Bridgewater then put the game away with a five-run outburst in the ninth. Kevin Navedo led off the ninth with a single and Ryan Skadra walked. Both runners advanced on a passed ball and Navedo scored on Herber's grounder that was misplayed for an error, giving the Eagles an 11-4 lead. Grabeel drove in a run with a single and Morgan tripled in two more, making the score 14-4. Morgan scored on a single by Batten for the final 15-4 margin.
Batten was 4-for-5 with five RBIs to lead the offense. Morgan was 3-for-5 with four RBIs and Talley finished 3-for-5 with one run batted in. Grabeel went 3-for-5 with three RBIs while Herber was 2-for-6 with three runs batted in.
Ian Mayes worked the first five innings to pick up the victory on the mound. He allowed two runs on just three base hits.
Bridgewater is now 10-3 on the season. The Eagles are back in action Saturday when they host Roanoke College to open conference play.