Team Effort Drives Softball to Two Wins

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CLERMONT, Fla. - The Bridgewater College softball team took down Bluffton College and New England College on Tuesday for their third and fourth straight wins.

Game One: BC 6, Bluffton 2

Bridgewater fell behind 2-0 in the top of second inning but answered immediately in the bottom half. Kaitlyn Tirona hit a double to left field from the lead off position and advanced to third on a Stephanie Carroll sacrifice hit. The Beavers walked Sydney Layman and after she proceeded to steal second, Brooklynn Fridley hit a 2 RBI double to left center to tie the game at 2-2. 

The Eagles stayed quiet until the fifth inning when they tacked on three more runs. A Bluffton error allowed Katrina Martin to run home while Sarah Wimer hit a RBI single to left field to bring Torie Shifflett across the plate. Fridley had another RBI single before the inning was over to make it 5-2.

Bridgewater tacked on one more run in the bottom of the sixth on a Wimer sacrifice fly to send Avery Pinder home.

Pinder and Fridley each had two hits for the Eagles while Fridley and Wimer both notched two RBIs.

Brantley Swift pitched a complete game, allowing five hits while striking seven batters out. The freshman also recorded five innings where she only faced three batters.

Game Two: BC 8, New England 1

New England got on the board first in the bottom of the opening inning, but that would be the only time they crossed the plate against the Eagles.

Sydney Layman started the third inning with a single to the shortstop and stole second and third base thanks to a New England error. The junior scored on a Shifflett RBI single to tie the game at 1-1.

Tirona provided the spark for Bridgewater in the fourth when she hit a single to left center. She would advance to second after the Pilgrims walked Fridley to bring Morgan Landes to the plate. Landes reached first on a fielder's choice, but a Pilgrim error gave Tirona the pathway to home to put Bridgewater up by one. 

The Eagles showed their speed and brought in two more runs in the fourth on a Layman single and a passed ball opportunity for Landes.

Heading into the sixth with a 4-1 edge, Layman and Martin both hit homeruns, Martin's being an 2 RBI homer after Pinder singled on the previous at-bat.

Bridgewater added one more for good measure on a Taylor Novak RBI single to left center to score Fridley.

Tirona and Layman had three hits each for the Eagles while Martin and Layman had two RBIs a piece. 

Brooke Louden pitched a complete game, allowing five hits while striking out four batters. 

Bridgewater, now 8-2 on the year, returns to action on Thursday, March 5 for two more games in Florida.