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Softball Ends Regular Season With Split

stephanie carroll runs the bases

BRIDGEWATER, Va.- The Bridgewater College softball team fell 3-2 to Guilford before winning game two 8-0 in five innings. With the win, the Eagles have earned a spot in the ODAC Tournament, set for next weekend. It will be the Eagles first postseason appearance since 2014.

Game One: Bridgewater 2, Guilford 3

After a scoreless first inning, the Quakers walked Sarah Wimer to start the second. Wimer advanced to third on a Stephanie Carroll single to bring up Kaitlyn Tirona. The freshman hit a two RBI double to left center to send both Wimer and Carroll home for the 2-0 lead.

The Eagles found themselves in trouble in the top of fifth with bases loaded and zero outs. Bridgewater produced back-to-back outs at the plate thanks to clutch throws from Tirona and Carroll to put two outs up and escape the inning without any Quaker runs.

Guilford finally answered in the sixth and picked up three runs after an Eagle error and two separate RBIs. Bridgewater could not get a hit in the bottom of the seventh and would ultimately drop game one 3-2.

Carroll led the Eagles with two hits on three at bats. Despite the loss, Brooke Louden allowed no earned runs and struck out five batters. 

Game Two: Bridgewater 8, Guilford 0

The Eagles picked up their first run on a Wimer RBI to send pinch runner Allison Patrick home. Lindsey Talley grounded out to the shortstop on the next at bat, but picked up the RBI as Carroll crossed home for the 2-0 lead. Bridgewater's bats were on fire in the inning. Avery Pinder singled up the middle for another RBI, and Torie Shifflett closed out the four-run inning with another RBI single to bring Pinder home. 

Emily Clifford struck out back-to-back hitters in the top of third to lead her team to the bottom of the inning. After Katrina Martin was hit by a pitch, Clifford hit a double to center field. Martin would score on a Mikalia Guard RBI for the 5-0 lead. The home team would add one more in the inning as Clifford crossed on a Wimer sacrifice fly for a 6-0 edge.

After picking up no runs in the fourth, Martin started the fifth with a single. Clifford followed suit with a single of her own on the next at bat, and Carroll loaded the bases for Wimer on a single to right field.

Wimer won the battle at the plate and was walked, sending Martin home for the 7-0 advantage. Needing one run to end the game in five innings, pinch hitter Ryann Crennan came in and hit a RBI single to left field with two outs on the board for the 8-0 Bridgewater win.

Carroll and Clifford had two hits each for the Eagles with Wimer collecting three RBIs. Clifford pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and no earned runs with four strikeouts. 

Bridgewater finishes the regular season 23-15 with a 10-10 ODAC mark. They now wait for the announcement of the ODAC Tournament pairings.