The Briar Cliff baseball team hosted Concordia at Bishop Mueller Field Friday in a GPAC doubleheader with the two teams splitting the contests. The Bulldogs took game one 12-1 before the Chargers avenged the loss with a 13-11 victory in game two. Briar Cliff is now 18-19 overall and 7-11 in the GPAC and Concordia moved to 19-16 overall and 7-9 in conference play.
Concordia jumped all over the Cliff in game one, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning and adding another in the second to go up 5-0 after two innings of play. Avery Foltz got the Chargers on the board in the third inning by scoring on a wild pitch but the Bulldogs then rattled off seven unanswered runs in the next four innings to run away with the 12-1 win. Concordia outhit BC 11-5 in the game and had two errors, compared to four by Briar Cliff.
Foltz and Brady Harpenau both had two hits for the Chargers in the game and Peyton Griesert notched the other hit. TJ Egbarts, Kaiona Navas and Nicholas Campagna all saw action on the mound for BC with Egbarts tossing 5.0 innings in the loss while striking out five Bulldogs. Navas also had two K’s.
In game two, the Chargers were able to grab the 13-11 win despite being outhit 14-9 and both teams had three errors. Briar Cliff capitalized on two big innings in the contest, scoring five times in the third inning and four times in the sixth inning. Sawyer Olson started the scoring in the third inning with a single to score Griesert. Logan Adam then drew a bases loaded walk to score Arnulfo Gutierrez and Rodney Scarver followed that with a double to score Nick Robinson and Olson. Logan Adam then scored on another wild pitch by the Bulldogs to cap the five-run inning. In the bottom of the sixth, Olson drove in Gutierrez on a single and Olson later scored on a throwing error. Tyler Vanderham laid down a bunt squeeze to score Harpenau and Adam scored again on a fielder’s choice. Olson then provided the final highlight of the game for the Charger offense in the bottom of the seventh, hitting a two-run bomb over the left field fence to score himself and Gutierrez.
Jacob Wesselmann received the win in the game after going 5.0 innings with one strikeout. Dalen Blair, Connor Christiansen and Nicholas Cole all pitched in relief for the Cliff pitching staff with Cole picking up a save in 1.1 innings of work to go with two K’s. Olson provided plenty of offense for the Chargers in the game, going a perfect 3-3 at the plate while recording four RBI and scoring three times. Robinson added two hits, followed by Foltz, Gutierrez, Scarver and Vanderham with one hit each. Scarver added two RBI and Gutierrez also scored three times.
Briar Cliff will be back at Bishop Mueller Field again tomorrow to host Midland in another GPAC doubleheader. Game one will begin at 1 p.m. between the Chargers and Warriors.