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Seven In The Seventh Sends Eagles To Victory

Brett Tharp pitches for the Eagles.

WINCHESTER, Va. - Bridgewater College erased a four-run deficit with seven runs in the top of the seventh inning Tuesday to defeat Shenandoah 12-10 to pick up a key conference victory.

Luke Paczewski put the Eagles on the scoreboard with a solo homer in the top of the first inning, but the Hornets tied the score with a run in the bottom of the second.

The Eagles took the lead again with a run in the third.  Jacob Grabeel singled to lead off the inning and raced around to third on a single by Jarrett Biesecker. Biesecker was thrown out at second, trying to stretch his hit into a double. With one out, Jacob Talley doubled to right, scoring Grabeel to make it 2-1.

Shenandoah (15-9, 7-7 in the ODAC) took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third, but the Eagles answered with two in the top of the fourth to regain the upper hand. Cameron Stanley reached on an error to start the fourth and Kevin Navedo followed with a single to left center. Both runners scored on a one-out double by Matthew LaPrade, giving the Eagles a 4-3 lead.

The Hornets tied the score with a run in the fifth and then surged ahead with a four-run sixth inning to take an 8-4 lead. Keegan Woolford delivered the key blow for the Hornets in the sixth with a three-run homer to right.

Bridgewater (11-18, 5-9 in the ODAC) bounced back against the Hornets' bullpen, scoring seven runs on just three hits. Four walks and a hit batsman aided the cause. The Eagles loaded the bases with one out on walks to LaPrade and Grabeel and a single by Biesecker. Talley then plated a run with a single through the right side, making the score 8-5. With two outs and the bases full, Brett Jones walked to force in a run to pull the Eagles closer. Stanley was then hit by a pitch, forcing in another run to make it a one-run game, 8-7. Another bases loaded walk, this one to Navedo, pulled the Eagles even at 8-8. Pinch-hitter JT Creed then delivered the big blow for the Eagles with a three-run double to the gap in right-center to put the Eagles on top 11-8.

The Eagles added another run in the eighth on a run-scoring single by Paczewski, but the Hornets answered with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to trail 12-9.

Shenandoah threatened in the bottom of the ninth as Frankie Ritter and Tristan Baker led off the inning with singles. Both runners advanced on a groundout by Robert Marcelle and Ritter scored on a grounder to second by Woolford to pull the Hornets to within 12-10. Eagles' freshman Brett Tharp then struck out pinch-hitter Austin Partin to end the game, preserving Bridgewater's 12-10 victory.

Bridgewater finished the contest with 12 hits. Biesecker, Talley, Paczewski and Grabeel each finished with two hits. Creed's threee RBIs led the way with Talley, Paczewski and LaPrade adding two RBIs each.

Ryan Mason pitched a scoreless sixth inning and was credited with the win. Tucker Garrison worked a scoreless seventh and Tharp recorded the final four outs to pick up the save.

The Eagles return to action Saturday when they host Hampden-Sydney for a key ODAC doubleheader. The first game begins at noon.