A four run-first inning and five runs in the fourth helped Briar Cliff to a 12-5 victory over Bemidji State in baseball action Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. The Charger bats stayed on fire in a second game on the day, but the Cliff fell 13-11 to Valley City State.
The Blue and Gold jumped all over Bemidji State in the opener, but the Beavers evened the game up with a four-run third inning. The Cliff pulled away with the five spot in the fourth and tacked three more on in the eighth inning as the team played nine inning games for both matchups Saturday.
Rodney Scarver was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Dylan Speer and Trevor Adler also tallied three hits in the win. Sawyer Olson was 2-for-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored as one more BC player had multiple hits in Ben Pigg.
Jacob Wesselmann got the win on the mound with a quality start in which he allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks. He had seven strikeouts in his seven innings of work. Austin Carter relieved Wesselman, finishing the final two innings without allowing an earned run.
Briar Cliff had 15 hits in the team’s loss on the day, as the defense had issues with six errors. Brady Harpenau was 3-for-6 with a double and one RBI. Adler, Scarver, Darnell Prince and Peyton Griesert had two hits each. Prince crossed the plate three times in the contest.
The Chargers led 9-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Valley City State tied the game with a four run inning and took the lead with one run in the seventh.
Briar Cliff took the lead right back with a pair in the eighth inning, but Kaiona Navas was unable to record a two inning save as he allowed three runs, two earned, in the bottom half of the inning. The Chargers were held scoreless in the ninth to end the ballgame.
The Cliff will prepare for conference play as the Chargers head into GPAC competition with a 9-9 record. The league is looking into a neutral site for games in the coming week as many fields are unplayable due to the recent weather in the area. Check back on the schedule at bcuchargers.com to stay up to date on Charger baseball.