FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Bridgewater College and the University of Mary Washington played to a 5-5 tie Thursday afternoon in a game called after the ninth inning due to darkness.
Mary Washington took the lead with a run in the bottom of the first, but the Eagles tied the score in the top of the third inning. Garrison Wright led off the inning with a triple and scored on a groundout by Jacob Grabeel, tying the score at 1-1.
The score remained tied until the top of the seventh when the Eagles took the lead with three runs. Phillip Herber led off with a single and moved to second on Wright's sacrifice bunt. Austin Batten followed with a double to left, scoring Herber to put the Eagles up 2-1. Grabeel then chased Batten home with a double to right center, making the score 3-1. Grabeel moved to third on an error and the Eagles then pulled off the first-and-third double steal with Grabeel swiping home for a 4-1 Bridgewater lead.
Bridgewater was unable to hold the lead as Mary Washington answered with three runs in the bottom half of the seventh. Three straight singles to start the inning loaded the bases with no outs and a single by Stephen Johnston cut the margin to 4-2. Tucker Garrison entered the game for the Eagles and struck out David Slupek, but a fielder's choice grounder made it 4-3 and a single by Kevin France tied the score, 4-4.
Bridgewater regained the lead in the eighth. Jacob Talley walked to lead off the inning and, with one out, moved to second on a wild pitch. Wright drew a two-out walk and Batten followed with a run-scoring single, giving the Eagles a 5-4 lead.
Once again the Eagles were unable to hold the lead. Mark Smith drew a one-out walk and, with two outs, he stole second and continued to third on a throwing error. Johnston delivered a two-out, run-scoring single to tie the score at 5-5.
The Eagles went down in order in the top of the ninth and Tristan Daywalt came on pitch for Bridgewater in the bottom of the ninth inning. Daywalt retired the hosts in order, striking out two of the three batters he faced, to preserve the 5-5 tie.
Jordan Showalter gave Bridgewater a strong start as he allowed one unearned run on five hits in five innings on the mound. He struck out three and did not walk a batter. Batten finished the day 2-for-4 at the plate with a run scored and two RBIs.
Bridgewater is back in action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles host Lynchburg College in an ODAC doubleheader.