Bridgewater completed its final tune-up for the NCAA baseball tournament by taking a pair of games Saturday afternoon from the Wesley College Wolverines. The Eagles won the opener 3-2 and took the second game by a score of 3-1.
The Eagles are now 33-12 on the season, just one victory shy of matching the program record for wins in a season set one year ago.
Cavin Clyde drove in all three runs as Bridgewater won the first game, 3-2.
The Eagles scored in the top of the second to take the lead. Justin Petock led off the inning with a single and stole second. Petock moved to third on a single by Zach Hynes and scored on Clyde's groundout for a 1-0 Bridgewater lead.
Corey Armentrout pitched three scoreless innings and Nick Corbin added two more shutout frames on the mound as the Eagles made the 1-0 lead hold up through five innings.
Bridgewater added two more runs in the sixth. Singles by Petock, Brendan Howell and Hynes loaded the bases before a two-run single by Clyde made the score 3-0.
Wesley got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with two runs against lefty reliever Ryan Leake. Eric Speidel led off the inning with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt. Cory Smith then singled up the middle to put the Wolverines on the board. Smith took second on a single by Trevor Mears and a double steal put runners at second and third with one out. Smith scored on Conner Gobright's grounder to second, but Leake retired Matt Domian on another ground ball to Clyde at second base to end the inning.
Tyler Slanovec pitched a scoreless eighth and Robert Gallet blanked Wesley in the ninth to earn his fourth save of the season.
Bridgewater finished the contest with eight hits as Petock and Hynes contributed two hits each.
In the second game, five different pitchers combined to limit Wesley to just seven hits as the Eagles completed the sweep with a 3-1 victory.
Kyle Henshaw pitched the first three innings and held the Wolverines scoreless, allowing the Eagles to take a 1-0 lead.
Bridgewater scored in the top of the second inning. Petock walked and Howell singled to start the inning. Both runners moved up on Hynes' fly ball to deep center and Petock scored on a sacrifice fly by Kenner Berry.
Wesley tied the score in the fourth with a run off freshman lefty Jordan Showalter. Stan Zulkowski led off with a walk and one out later Cody Dmiterchik was hit by a pitch. Speidel scored Zulkowski with a single to right-center, tying the score at one run apiece. Showalter retired the next two batters, stranding a pair of runners on the bases.
Bridgewater regained the lead with two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Hynes led off with a single through the left side of the infield and advanced to third when Berry was safe on a throwing error. Hynes scored on a single by Clyde, making the score 2-1. With runners at the corners, Berry scored when Hunter Hensley grounded into a double play, giving the Eagles a 3-1 lead.
Slanovec retired Wesley in order in the sixth and Dillon Via blanked the host team over the next two innings to preserve the lead. Petock retired the Wolverines in the ninth to record his first save of the season as the Eagles finished off the 3-1 victory.
Hynes had two hits in the second game as the Eagles were limited to just five hits in the game.