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Softball Suffers First Sweep of the Season at No. 12 Christopher Newport

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – In the final non-conference doubleheader of the season, the 19th-ranked Bridgewater Eagles softball team let two leads slip away as they suffered their first doubleheader sweep of the season at the hands of 12th-ranked Christopher Newport.

Bridgewater dropped the opener by a 6-5 score before falling in the nightcap by a 10-3 tally.

In the opener, the Eagles used a pair of hits and three CNU miscues to jump all over the Captains early.

Senior Hillary Rees reached on an error to lead off the first before being pushed into scoring position on a single from the bat of Kasey Anderson.

Two batters later, junior Melanie Lamb reached base on a walk to load the bags for the Eagles with one away.

Junior Heather Jenkins reached on a fielder's choice while an error on the shortstop allowed Rees and Anderson to score, handing the Eagles a 2-0 lead.

The Eagles again took advantage of a Christopher Newport miscue when senior Sarah Heretick reached on an error by the second baseman, pushing in Lamb, to put Bridgewater up 3-0 after the top of the first.

After the Captains failed to respond in the bottom of the inning, Bridgewater tacked another run on the board in the top of the second.

Junior Morgan Williams opened the inning with a single to shortstop and was advanced to second on a Rees single to put two runners on with no outs.

Following a fielder's choice and an runner interference call on Williams that put two away for the Eagles, Lamb delivered a single to right field, plating Rees, to put Bridgewater up by a 4-0 tally after two.

Both teams went down without a run in the third and fourth before the Eagles extended their lead in the top of the fifth.

Jenkins singled to right field and was replaced by Sarah Goodman on the base paths to open the frame. Goodman was pushed to second on a well-placed sacrifice bunt from Heretick to put another runner in scoring position.

Junior Leigh Lam's groundout sent Goodman to third before an error on the first baseman allowed the junior to score, pushing the Bridgewater advantage to 5-0.

Christopher Newport responded in a big way in the bottom of the frame, pounding out three hits in the inning, including a bases-clearing double, en route to a five-run inning to knot the game up at a 5-5 tally heading to the sixth.

After a scoreless sixth, the Eagles were put down in order in the seventh, setting the stage for the Captains.

Chelsea Mitchell stung a one-out single and moved to third base on an error to put the Eagles in a jam. CNU followed Mitchell's single with a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Mitchell from third to hand Bridgewater a 6-5 defeat.

Rees' 2-for-4 game paced the way for the Bridgewater sticks.

In the circle, Jenkins allowed just one earned run while striking out four to pick up the loss.

Mitchell's 2-for-4 effort paced the Captains bats while Melanie Hazelwood earned the victory in the circle.

Bridgewater jumped out to a big lead again in game two before surrendering its lead late in the contest.

Following a groundout to open the game, Anderson reached on a walk and swiped second base to put a runner in scoring position.

Two batters later, Lamb pushed in Anderson off of a single and advanced to second on an error by the centerfielder to put another runner at second base for the Eagles with one out.

Jenkins followed the Lamb single by tattooing a pitch over the left field fence to put the Eagles up 3-0 after an inning of action.

Game two starter Aven Thomas held the Captains scoreless during the first and second before a three-run CNU third knotted the game up at a 3-3 standstill.

Both teams went down scoreless in the fourth before the Captains took the lead for good in the fifth off of a pair of runs to own a 5-3 lead after five complete.

Christopher Newport stuck five runs on the board in the sixth to blow the game wide open as the Captains eventually rolled to a 10-3 win and a doubleheader sweep of the Eagles.

Lamb's 2-for-3 effort paced the Eagles in the nightcap. The junior extended her on-base streak to 21 games with her two-hit performance.

Thomas picked up the loss in the circle, allowing eight runs on 10 hits across five innings of work.

Three Captains posted three-hit games in the nightcap to pace the CNU bats, while Whitney Haller picked up the game two victory.

Bridgewater gets back at it on Saturday when Randolph-Macon comes to town. First pitch of Saturday's twinbill is set for 1:30 p.m.