Softball Splits with Mary Washington

avery pinder waits in center field

BRIDGEWATER, Va. - The Bridgewater College softball fell to Mary Washington 5-1 in game one before bouncing back to take game two 9-2 in a doubleheader at home on Saturday.

Game One: Bridgewater 1, Mary Washington 5

Brooklynn Fridley hit a lead-off triple to get the home Eagles going in game one. Katrina Martin then hit a sacrifice fly ball to left field to send Fridley home for a 1-0 advantage.

Mary Washington hit a three RBI home run in the top of third to put the visiting Eagles up 3-1.

Bridgewater could not get going offensively in innings three through six. Mary Washington added to their lead with two separate RBI singles to make it 5-1 in favor of the visitors. BC had an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh with the bases loaded but could not capitalize.

Fridley, Kaitlyn Tirona and Stephanie Carroll each had a hit for BC.

Emily Clifford pitched a complete game, allowing nine hits and five runs while striking out three batters.

Game Two: Bridgewater 9, Mary Washington 2

Mary Washington got on the board first in the third inning on an RBI double. Bridgewater responded in the bottom of the frame when Martin hit a double on the Eagles first at-bat. Tirona followed with a single to advance Martin to third. Torie Shifflett then had the bases loaded after Mary Washington walked Sarah Wimer. The sophomore delivered with an RBI on a fielder's choice to send Martin home and even the score at 1-1. Carroll added one more on the inning with an RBI single to send Wimer home and make it 2-1.

The vistors responded with a home run at the top of fourth to tie it up, but that would end up being Mary Washington's final run of the day. 

The home team piled on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth, kicked started by Avery Pinder's single. Pinder stole second before Fridley matched her with a single and a stolen base of her own. Martin and Tirona each had an RBI to send Pinder and Fridley home, making it 4-2. Shifflett added her second RBI on her day to score Tirona and put the home Eagles up 5-2.

Now in the fifth, Pinder reached first on a Mary Washington error and proceeded to steal second. Martin sent her home yet again with another RBI to give Bridgewater a 6-2 edge.

Bridgewater rounded out the scoring on the day with a Kathryn Thomas RBI single, a Martin RBI single and a Tirona sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to take the game 9-2.

Pinder led the team with three hits, while Martin, Tirona and Carroll all contributed two. Martin also had three RBIs.

Brantley Swift picked up the first win of collegiate career after allowing four hits and two runs. The freshman also produced five strikeouts.

Bridgewater, now 3-1 on the season, will travel to sunny Florida for a week's worth of games from March 1 through March 6.