Bridgewater Baseball Takes Two from Bluefield State

By: Bridgewater Sports Information
By: Bridgewater Sports Information

The Bridgewater baseball team ran its winning streak to 12 in a row by sweeping Friday's non-conference doubleheader from Bluefield State. The Eagles won the opener 7-1 and took the nightcap 11-0.

It was a stellar day for the Bridgewater pitchers as the staff allowed no earned runs in 18 innings of play.

Freshman lefty Justin Showalter continued to impress on the mound in the first game as he worked seven innings and allowed no runs on two hits. He struck out five and walked two. Showalter is now 2-1 on the year and has a 0.36 earned run average in 24.2 innings on the mound.

The Eagles gave Showalter an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning. Derrik Walling singled with one out and moved to second on an errant pickoff throw. He scored on Justin Petock's two-out single to right-center for a 1-0 lead.

The score stayed that way until the sixth when the Eagles nicked reliever Cody Justus for one run. Bay Liskey singled up the middle with one out and Brendan Howell walked. Liskey scored on a two-out throwing error by the shortstop on Darren Yoder's grounder, giving Bridgewater a 2-0 lead.

The Blues scored on unearned run in the top of the eighth to make it a one-run game, but the Eagles answered with five runs in the bottom half of the eighth to take control. Kenner Berry led off the inning with a single and Yoder walked. With one out, the Eagles loaded the bases when Walling walked. Berry then scored from third on a wild pitch, making the score 3-1. After Bryan Sanderson struck out for the second out of the inning, Yoder scored on a wild pitch and Walling scored an infield error as the Eagles' lead swelled to 5-1. Zach Hynes and Liskey added back-to-back run-scoring doubles for a 7-1 Bridgewater advantage.

Senior Tyler Slanovec worked the final two innings on the mound to earn the save for the Eagles. He allowed one unearned run on no hits. He struck out four batters and walked one.

The Eagles finished the first game with nine hits. Liskey and Petock led the way with two hits each.

Petock got the start on the mound in the second game and turned in a dominant performance. In six shutout innings, he allowed just four hits. Petock struck out 10 batters and walked none.

Bridgewater jumped out to a quick lead with a run in the first and two more in the second.

With two outs in the first and no one on base, Sanderson doubled to the gap in right-center. Howell followed with a single to left, scoring Sanderson with the game's first run.

Walling walked to lead off the second inning and Dustin Garst singled up the middle. Walling continued to third when the ball was misplayed in the outfield, giving the Eagles runners at the corners with no outs. Walling hustled home on Tyler Hoffman's grounder, putting Bridgewater out front 2-0. With Garst at third, Cavin Clyde walked to put runners at the corners. Garst scored when Nick Fulk's grounder was booted for an error, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead.

Bridgewater added two more runs in the fourth on Ryan Leake's two-run double, increasing the margin to 5-0.

The Eagles tacked on two more runs in the seventh as they continued to pull away from the Blues. Clyde was hit by a pitch and Fulk walked to open the inning. Clyde raced home on Leake's single, making the score 6-0. Bridgewater added another run when Howell was caught stealing with two outs. Howell was trapped in a rundown between first and second and that allowed Fulk to score from third before Howell was tagged out to end the inning.

Bridgewater completed the scoring with one run in the seventh inning and three in the eighth.

Hynes led off the bottom of the seventh with a walk and Walling followed with a single to right. Both runners tagged up on Garst's long fly to center and Hynes scored on a groundout by Hoffman to push the lead to 8-0.

With one out in the eighth inning, Leake singled and took second on a wild pitch. Andrew Saunders followed with a single up the middle, scoring Leake to make it 9-0. Saunders then raced home when pinch-hitter Brandon Poole doubled down the left-field line to put the 10th run on the board. Hynes singled to move Poole to third and Poole scored on Damian Reed's groundout for the final Bridgewater run.

Petock exited after the sixth inning and relievers Steven Woerner, Ryan Fitzgerald and Trevor Walzl each pitched one scoreless inning to complete the 11-0 shutout victory.

Leake led the Eagles' 13-hit attack in Game 2 with a 4-for-5 effort at the plate and three RBIs. Garst collected three hits in five plate appearances.

Bridgewater, now 23-7 on the season, returns to action Saturday afternoon when the Eagles host Roanoke College for an Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) doubleheader. The first game is scheduled for a noon start.


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