VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Bridgewater College opened conference play Saturday and the Eagles dropped a pair of games at Virginia Wesleyan, losing the opener 10-3 and the second game 8-3.
Austin Obenour hit a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning to put the hosts on the board and the Marlins added one run in the third and three in the fifth to take a 5-0 lead.
Bridgewater scored its first run in the top of the sixth. Jarrett Biesecker was hit by a pitch and Jacob Talley singled, putting two runners on. Brett Jones was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Luke Paczewski plated Biesecker with a sacrifice fly, trimming the margin to 5-1.
The Marlins got the run back in the bottom of the sixth, but the Eagles plated two more runs in the seventh. A single by JT Creed, a walk to Garrison Wright and a bunt single by Biesecker loaded the bases with one out. With two outs, Talley singled through the left side, scoring two runs to trim the Marlins' lead to 6-3.
Virginia Wesleyan answered with three runs in the bottom of the seventh and one more in the eighth to finish off the 10-3 win.
Bridgewater managed just six hits in the opener with Talley and Ryan Skadra accounting for two hits apiece.
The Eagles struck first in the second game with two runs in the fourth. Jones led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Paczewski. Both runners scored on Kevin Navedo's double, putting the Eagles ahead 2-0.
The Marlins scored a run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Eagles, riding a solid outing from lefty Chad Lenz, maintained the lead into the sixth. The Marlins then put a three-spot on the scoreboard to take the lead. Dylan Gentry provided the big blow for the Marlins with a two-run single.
Virginia Wesleyan added another run in the seventh and then opened up the lead with three runs in eighth, making the score 8-2.
Bridgewater added its final run in the ninth for the final 8-3 score.
The Eagles finished with nine hits in Game 2. Jones, Paczewski and Navedo each had two base hits.
Bridgewater, now 3-10 overall and 0-2 in the ODAC, is back in action Tuesday when the Eagles travel to Danville for a non-conference game with Averett.