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Eagles Drop Two Games At E&H

Stephanie Carroll bunts for a hit.

ABINGDON, Va. - Bridgewater led early in both ends of a doubleheader against Emory & Henry but the Wasps used the big inning in each game to sweep the Eagles 7-3 and 10-3 in ODAC softball action Thursday evening at Abingdon H.S.

Bridgewater got off to a good start in the first game wth a pair of runs in its first at bat. With one out, Stephanie Carroll was hit by a pitch and Brianna Whorley singled. When Whorley's hit was misplayed in the outfield, Carroll scored and Whorley ended up at third base. Whorley scored on Mikalia Guard's infield grounder to put the Eagles up 2-0.

The lead didn't last long as the Wasps pushed across four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Leah Elswick's three-run homer was the key blow.

The Eagles made it a one-run game, 4-3, on Carroll's RBI-single in the second, but that would be as close as the Eagles would get as E&H added two runs in the fourth and one more in the sixth to complete the 7-3 victory.

Bridgewater struck first in the second game with a run in the first inning. With two outs, Whorley doubled and she scored when Mariah Wharton's fly ball was dropped for an error.

First-year Eagles' pitcher Keirsten Kennedy blanked the Wasps for the first three innings to maintain the 1-0 lead, but the hosts exploded for four runs in the fourth inning to lead 4-1. Only one of the runs was earned as the Eagles committed two errors in the inning.

Bridgewater fought back and, just like the first game, made it a one-run game with two runs in the sixth. The Eagles loaded the bases with no outs on singles by Lindsey Talley and Carroll and a walk to Whorley. Wharton and Guard drew back-to-back walks to pull the Eagles to within 4-3 with the bases still loaded and no outs. The Wasps went to the bullpen and Cameron Derr struck out the next three batters as E&H got out of the jam still on top, 4-3.

Emory & Henry put the game away with a six-run outburst in the bottom of the sixth for the final 10-3 margin of victory.

Bridgewater (15-19, 3-11 in the ODAC) will play its final home games of the season on Saturday when the Eagles host Virginia Wesleyan, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, for a doubleheader at Fulk Field.