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Softball Splits Two Thrillers With Shenandoah

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BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College softball team dropped a heartbreaker in extra innings against Shenandoah before securing a win in game two on a walk-off hit.

Game One: Bridgewater 9, Shenandoah 10

With two outs on the board, Shenandoah picked up their first run in the top of the first on a Maryann Hollen RBI single. The Hornets added two more runs on two more RBI singles to end the inning with a 3-0 lead.

The Eagles answered in the bottom of the second when Emily Clifford hit a two RBI double to send Torie Shifflet and Sarah Wimer home.

After a Shifflett single in the bottom of the fourth, Megan Scally walked Clifford to bring Avery Pinder to bat. Pinder hit a RBI single to bring Shifflett and Clifford in on a wild throw, giving the Eagles their first lead of day 4-3.

Shifflet, who went 3 for 4 at-bat, hit a 2 RBI triple in the fifth for two more Eagle runs by Wimer and Kaitlyn Tirona

Shenandoah added a run in the sixth on an error to make the score 6-4.

Bridgewater had the advantage heading into the top of the seventh, but Shenandoah would not go out without a fight. The Hornets scored five runs in the inning to take a 9-6 advantage, their first lead since the first inning.

Needing to put three runs on the board to push extra innings, the Eagles delivered. Kaitlyn Tirona reached first on an error which set up Katrina Martin's RBI triple and another Eagle run. Martin ran home to make it 9-8 after Victoria Gontarz reached first on an error. Sarah Wimer put up the tying run on a big home run.

After a whirlwind seventh inning on both sides, the Hornets powered through to the win on an Eagle error. 

Shifflet led the Eagles in game one with three hits and two RBIs in four at-bats. Tirona and Martin each picked up two hits and Clifford added two RBIs.

Clifford pitched six innings, allowing 10 hits and nine runs. Campbell pitched the remaining two innings, allowing one run. 

Game Two: Bridgewater 4, Shenandoah 3

The Eagles got on the board quick in the bottom of the first on a Mikalia Guard RBI to send Lindsey Talley home. Martin followed with an RBI of her own to bring Stephanie Carroll in for a 2-0 Eagles edge. The Eagles totaled 5 hits in the first inning. 

Shenandoah took the lead in the fourth starting with a Meghan Stout RBI double to center field. Carrie Robinson and Taylor Glover each added RBIs to put the Hornets up 3-2 heading into the fifth. Wimer ended the inning with a highlight reel behind-the-back throw to first base.

With scoreless fifth and sixth innings, Shenandoah was not able to put any runs on the board in the top of the seventh. The Eagles now had a chance to pick up the win in walk-off fashion.

Brooke Louden reached first on an error to start the inning and gave way to Morgan Landes to run the bases. Victoria Gontarz put the Eagles closer to the win on a double to move Landes to third with two outs. After Tirona was walked, Clifford had the bases loaded with two outs and a chance to win the game. The freshman drilled a ball to right field giving Landes the path to home plate and a Bridgewater win.

Talley and Carroll both had three hits on four at bats with Carroll adding a RBI. Wimer had two hits. 

Louden pitched a complete game, allowing nine hits and three runs. 

Bridgewater, now 14-8, continues ODAC play Saturday at Roanoke. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.