BRIDGEWATER, Va. - Shenandoah scored two runs in the top of the third inning and the Hornets held off Bridgewater the rest of the way to take a 7-5 victory Wednesday in ODAC baseball action.
Eagles starter Tristan Daywalt cruised through the first two innings, retiring six straight batters, but ran into trouble in the third. Daywalt retired the first two hitters in the third before giving up a two-out single to Matt Moon. Tristan Baker walked before Luke Nussman and Robbie Marcelle followed with consecutive run-scoring singles to put the Hornets ahead 2-0.
Shenandoah (8-3, 4-1 in the ODAC) starter Carson Kulina also got off to a strong start as he retired the first nine batters of the game before walking Jarrett Biesecker to lead off the bottom of the fourth. Biesecker stole second and scored on a single by Jacob Talley to cut the Hornets' lead to 2-1.
The Hornets answered with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Henry Delavergne led off with a base hit up the middle and Moon reached on a walk. Baker moved the runners up was a sacrifice bunt and Delavergne scored on a wild pitch, giving the visitors a 3-1 advantage. Nussman plated Moon with a grounder to second for a 4-1 Shenandoah lead.
Bridgewater (7-11, 2-3 in the ODAC) battled back with a pair of runs in the sixth. Garrison Wright and Biesecker led of the inning with singles and Wright moved to third on an errant pickoff throw from the catcher. Beisecker moved up to second on a bunt by Grabeel before Talley plated both runners with a double to left, pulling the Eagles to within one run, 4-3.
The Hornets stretched the lead to 7-3 with one run in the seventh and two more in the eighth, but the Eagles continued to battle and scored two runs in the bottom half of the eighth. Grabeel led off the eighth with a single through the left side of the infield and moved to third on Talley's double to right. Grabeel scored on a sacrifice fly by Brett Jones and Talley crossed the plate on a two-out double to left by Ryan Skadra. Shenandoah reliever Gerard DePhillips retired Cameron Stanley on a fly ball to right to avoid further damage.
DePhillips nailed down the victory by retiring the Eagles in order in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the 7-5 win for the Hornets.
Talley led the Eagles with a 3-for-4 day at the plate and three RBIs.
Bridgewater returns to action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles host Randolph-Macon for a conference doubleheader beginning at noon. Randolph-Macon is ranked No. 5 in the nation in the latest D3baseball.com Top 25 poll.