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Eagles Drop Two Games At E&H

Austin Batten on the basepaths for the Eagles.

EMORY, Va. - Bridgewater College dropped both ends of its doubleheader Saturday at Emory & Henry, losing 7-4 and 7-2 to the Wasps in ODAC action.

The Eagles held early leads in both games, but were unable to hold off the Wasps. Bridgewater is now 16-16-1 overall and 5-11 in the ODAC.

In the opener, Bridgewater led 2-0 after scoring two runs in the top of the third. With one out, Austin Batten singled and moved around to third on a double by Jacob Grabeel. Chris King and Cameron Stanley stroked back-to-back singles, each driving in a run to put the Eagles on top.

The lead held up until the bottom of the fifth when the Wasps exploded for five runs. Corbin Hockensmith put the Wasps on the board with a solo homer and Holden Watkins ended the outburst with a three-run blast to left-center, giving E&H a 5-2 lead.

The Eagles had 10 hits in the opener, three each by Batten and King.

The second game played out much like the first as the Eagles once again took the lead with two runs in the third. King led off the inning with a double and Brett Jones followed with a run-scoring single to put the Eagles on the board. A single by Luke Paczewski and a walk to Jake Bailey loaded the bases before a walk to JT Creed forced in the second run, making the score 2-0.

Once again, the Wasps broke through in the bottom of the fifth, this time with three runs to take the lead. E&H loaded the bases with one out and then Ben Sexton singled to left, driving home the Wasps' first run. Eli Straw followed with a two-run single to left, giving the hosts a 3-2 lead.

Emory & Henry broke the game open with four runs in the seventh. Hockensmith plated a run with a double to left center, making the score 4-2 and Logan Forster followed with single to right, scoring Hockensmith for a 5-2 E&H lead. Zach Smith chased home two more runs with a double to left to put the Wasps ahead 7-2.

King and Batten continued to swing the bat well for the Eagles with King collecting three hits and Batten two. Bridgewater had eight hits in the second game.

The Eagles face a key homestand in the coming week. Bridgewater hosts Mary Washington on Tuesday in non-conference action and then welcomes Washington and Lee to campus for an important ODAC contest on Wednesday. Saturday will be a big day at the ballpark as it will be Senior and Family Day along with Alumni Day as the Eagles host Guilford in a key ODAC twinbill.