HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - Bridgewater scored four times in the seventh inning to erase a two-run deficit as the Eagles rallied for a 7-5 victory in the first game of an ODAC doubleheader at Hampden-Sydney College. The Tigers won the second game 12-7.
After Hampden-Sydney took an early lead with two runs in the third, the Eagles moved ahead with three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Chris King and Jacob Talley both walked to put two runners on and both scored on Jake Bailey's double, tying the score at 2-2. Cameron Stanley then chased Bailey home with a double, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
The Tigers tied the score in the bottom of the fourth on Austin Spivak's run-scoring hit and the hosts took the lead with two runs in the fifth.
Hampden-Sydney held the upper hand until the seventh when the Eagles put together a big inning.
Kevin Navedo led off the inning with a walk and Austin Batten followed with a single. Navedo was out at third on Jacob Grabeel's grounder, but King walked to load the bases with one out. Luke Paczewski walked to force in a run and Talley plated two runs with a double, giving the Eagles a 6-5 lead. Bridgewater added another run when pinch-hitter Brett Lysohir plated Paczewski with a sacrifice fly, giving the Eagles a 7-5 lead.
Kyle Hasforth silenced the Tigers over the next two innings before handing the ball over to Ryan Skadra in the ninth. Blake Hartman led off the bottom of the ninth with a single, but Jacob Bartlett followed with a double-play grounder. Skadra retired Jonathan Triesler on a grounder to third to lock down the save in the 7-5 victory.
Hasforth allowed no runs on two hits in three innings of relief work to notch the victory. Skadra recorded his third save of the season.
Batten had two of Bridgewater's six hits in the opener while Talley and Bailey each drove in a pair of runs.
Trailing 5-4 in the second game entering the top of the seventh, the Eagles put together a two-out rally to take the lead. Jacob Grabeel reached base when he was hit by a pitch and King followed with a single. Paczewski drove Grabeel home with a single to tie the score and Talley followed with a two-run double, giving the Eagles a 7-5 lead.
The advantage didn't last long as the Tigers tied the score in the bottom half of the seventh on a two-run double by Chase Counts.
The game slipped away from the Eagles in the bottom of the eighth when the Tigers sent 10 men to the plate and scored five runs on five hits to lead 12-7.
Talley was 4-for-4 in Game 2 with two RBIs to lead the Eagles offense. Stanley was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Paczewski was 2-for-4 with one run batted in.
With the split the Eagles are 16-12-1 overall and 5-8 in the ODAC. Bridgewater returns to action Tuesday when the Eagles travel to Shenandoah University in ODAC action.