Eagles baseball comes up empty-handed on a road trip to CNU


Bridgewater Eagles Athletics

Senior catcher Jonathan Sexton meets with the infield and pitching staff to go over strategy. Sexton went 1-3 on the day with a single.

Evan Maxey, Staff Writer

Bridgewater, Va. – The Bridgewater College baseball team hit the road for a matchup against Christopher Newport University on Wednesday, Feb. 22, and fell to the Captains 11-1. 

Bridgewater headed into the matchup still winless, sitting at 0-4 on the season and hungry for the first win. 

Sophomore Mitchell Vedder got the start on the bump for the Eagles. Vedder went 2.1 innings giving up three earned runs on six hits on the day. 

After a scoreless first inning, Christopher Newport started in the bottom of the second with an RBI single to start the score. Bridgewater battled back into the game as fifth-year senior Jarret Biesecker got on base with a one-out single in the top of the third. 

After a single from senior Jeffrey Snider and a fielder’s choice, Biesecker found himself on third before stealing home on a wild pitch to tie things up at 1-1. 

The Eagles’ starting pitcher saw his day end in the bottom of the third after CNU put up a quick three runs to extend their lead to 4-1. Senior right-handed pitcher, Evan Gagne came in relief of Vedder and got out of the inning without more damage. 

Bridgewater held the captains scoreless in the fifth inning in a solid outing for sophomore relief pitcher Joe Christopher. It did not take long for the Captains to get back on the board, tacking on another four runs in the sixth to make it 8-1 CNU. 

Christopher Newport added another three runs in the eighth to make it 11-1. Freshman Isaac Sumpter led off the top of the ninth for the Eagles with a single but was later caught in a double play to end the game. 

“Honestly it was a good game despite the score. We played well and just didn’t make a big hit in a big situation. We are excited for what is to come. It’s a long season and we are moving in the right direction despite the tough start,” said senior Jonathan Sexton. 

Biesecker and Snider led the Eagles at the plate on the day, both going two for four. 

Snider also added a stolen base for BC against CNU. Sexton added another hit for Bridgewater, going one for three. 

The Eagles were forced to go through seven different pitchers in the matchup,  finding little room to work with and tallying only three strikeouts in the outing as a staff. 

“We’re ready to get back home and get back to work to reach our goals,” said Snider. 

The Eagles will be back in action on Tuesday, March 7 with a doubleheader against Mary Baldwin University with the first pitch set for 3 p.m.