Eagles Baseball Gets Key Win Over Rival EMU 5-2


Bridgewater Eagles Athletics

Senior Timothy Hopson sets up in the infield ready to make a play for the Eagles. Hopson led the Eagles in the afternoon, scoring two runs against Eastern Mennonite University on March 22.

Evan Maxey, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, VA. – The Bridgewater College baseball team took home a 5-2 win against rival Eastern Mennonite University on March 22. 

The Eagles were red hot and continued their success with stellar plays at the plate from senior Brett Tharp and junior Collin Reid. The pair went 4-6 on the day with three runs batted in (RBI).

BC started the action off of a throwing error from EMU, allowing senior Jarret Beisecker to score a run from third base and give the Eagles a 1-0 advantage. Beisecker continued to be on fire in the second inning and singled to right field, allowing fellow senior Timothy Hopson to earn the second run for the team. The score stayed at 2-0 through the rest of the second and third innings. 

The EMU Royals got on the board in the top of the fourth with senior Brett Lindsay scoring off of an infield error by the Eagles to make the score 2-1.

Bridgewater responded in the sixth with an RBI double from Tharp, and allowed senior Timothy Hopson to, once again, give the Eagles a two-run cushion heading into the seventh. 

EMU’s Lindsay came up big for the Royals again with an RBI single and cut the Eagle’s lead down to one. 

The Eagles tacked on a couple more points from a shot to center field by Reid, resulting in runs from senior Kevin Navedo and junior Jefferey Snyder – which made the score 5-2 at the end of the seventh inning. 

The EMU Royals struggled to fight back at the plate against the combination of sophomore pitcher James Swart and Tharp. 

Swart would go two and a third innings and earn the win. Tharp came in to get his sixth save of the year, and also went two and a third. 

The Eagles improved to 14-6 on the year and 2-1 in the ODAC. Eastern Mennonite fell to 7-10 and 4-2 in the ODAC.