Eagles Score Late To Edge Lions, 8-7

Jarret Biesecker runs the bases.

MYRTLE BEACH, S. C. - Bridgewater College ran its winning streak to seven straight with an 8-7 victory Tuesday over Eastern Nazarene.

The Eagles jumped out to an early 4-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning and three more runs in the second.

Jarret Biesecker led off the first with a single and Jacob Talley walked. Both runners moved up on Kevin Navedo's groundout and Biesecker scored on a groundout by Matthew LaPrade, making the score 1-0.

Phillip Herber reached on an error to start the bottom of the second and Jeffrey Snider was hit by a pitch. Biesecker put down a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners and Talley followed with a run-scoring single to make it 2-0. With runners at the corners, Talley swiped second before Navedo belted a two-run double to center, giving Bridgewater a 4-0 lead.

The Lions rallied to tie the score with four runs in the top of the third. Joshua Bombard blasted a two-run homer to put ENU on the board and the Lions took advantage of a Bridgewater error to score two more runs on a single by Andrew Medina.

Pitching dominated the middle innings as the score remained tied until the seventh.

Lions' starter Bobby Fulkerson settled in after the second inning and pitched the next four innings without allowing a hit. Waring Garber came out of the bullpen for the Eagles in the fourth and hurled three shutout innings while striking out seven hitters.

The Eagles regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Talley led off the inning with a double to rightcenter. With one out, Luke Paczewski reached on an infield hit and Talley was able to score on a throwing error, putting the Eagles up 5-4. Paczewski stole second and took third on a wild pitch. He crossed the plate on a passed ball, making the score 6-4.

The lead didn't last long as the Lions scored three times in the top of the eighth to go ahead 7-6. 

Bridgewater rallied in the bottom half of the eighth to regain the lead. Biesecker led off with a single and the Eagles loaded the bases when Navedo walked and Paczewski was hit by a pitch. Biesecker scored the tying run on a balk and a groundout by LaPrade scored Navedo with the go-ahead run.

Eagles closer Brett Tharp hit the first batter he faced in the ninth, but he retired the next three hitters in order, the final two via the strikeout, to preserve the 8-7 win and earn his third save of the season.

Biesecker and Talley each had two base hits while Navedo and LaPrade each drove in a pair of runs.

The Eagles, now 9-1 on the season, finish their Srping Break trip on Wednesday when they play York. First pitch is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.