WASHINGTON D. C. - Darren Yoder drove home five runs Wednesday afternoon and Corey Armentrout overcame a shaky first inning to turn in a solid performance on the mound in Bridgewater's 11-3 non-conference baseball victory over Catholic.
With the victory, the Eagles improve to 26-9 overall while Catholic drops to 21-12.
Yoder finished the game a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as he finished with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate. Nick Fulk, Jonathan Mason and Andrew Hacker each added two hits to the Eagles' 12-hit attack.
Armentrout allowed all three runs and three of five hits in the first inning. After the first, the sophomore lefty was in control, allowing just two more hits un his next six innings on the mound. He finished his stint on the mound with eight strikeouts and four walks.
Justin Petock and Nick Corbin each added a scoreless inning of work on the bump to finish off the 11-3 victory.
Catholic took advantage of Armentrout's first-inning struggles to score three times. Pat DeToro walked to start the inning and Stefan Poggioli followed with a single. Nick Clary's single to right scored DeToro with the game's first run.
Mark Kalokitis was hit by a pitch to load the bases and a sacrifice fly by Chris McCloud made the score 2-0. Brandon Breslin's two-out double plated another run, giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.
The Eagles answered in the top of the second. Hacker led off with a single and Ryan Smith walked. With one out, Yoder launched a homer to left, tying the score at 3-3.
Bridgewater blew the game open with six runs in the top of the third.
Bryan Sanderson and Mason singled to lead off the inning and a single by Hacker scored Sanderson to put the Eagles out front, 4-3. Mason then scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Smith and Yoder followed with a single to center, scoring Hacker to make it 6-3. With two outs, Cavin Clyde reached on an infield error that allowed Yoder and Smith to both score, giving the Eagles an 8-3 lead. Clyde raced around to score on a double by Fulk, putting the Eagles on top 9-3.
The Eagles added single runs in the fourth and sixth to close out the scoring. In the fourth, Zach Hynes drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to force in a run. In the sixth, back-to-back doubles by Derrik Walling and Yoder accounted for Bridgewater's final run.
Bridgewater returns to action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles travel to Lynchburg College for a doubleheader with the Hornets.