Mount Marty rallied for eight runs in the ninth inning of game two to finish off a sweep against Briar Cliff on the Chargers senior day Sunday at Bishop Mueller Field. The Lancers took game one 9-5 and won the nightcap 14-11.
Errors were the difference on the day as Briar Cliff committed nine errors in game one that turned into five unearned runs and had two blunders in the final frame of the day that resulted in six unearned runs. The Chargers only plated one unearned run in the doubleheader.
Game one saw plenty of offense early as both teams put up runs in each of the first three innings. The two squads each plated one run in the first frame, but the Lancers tacked on three in each of the next two innings while BC added just one each time.
The Blue and Gold put up two runs in the fourth inning to cut the deficit in half, but Mount Marty scored a couple more runs and buttoned down defensively to hold on to the 9-5 victory.
Mason Townsend led all players in the game as the Lancer third baseman went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Four Cliff batters recorded multiple hits as Peyton Griesert, Brady Harpenau, Tyler Hill and Rodney Scarver all finished 2-for-3. Griesert’s fourth inning double was the only extra base hit for Briar Cliff.
Jacob Wesselmann took the loss on the mound for the Chargers, allowing seven runs, four earned, in 2+ innings of work. He gave up five hits and two walks. Jeremiah Mauch picked up the win for Mount Marty.
Game two looked to be all BC as the Chargers led 8-0 after four innings. Mount Marty finally got to starting pitcher Harrison Jestel in the fifth and knocked him out of the game. Jestel finished with 4.2 innings pitched, allowing four runs on nine hits and two walks. Dylan Speer got out of the inning and made it through the sixth but not before the Lancers tacked on two more to cut the gap to 8-6.
Connor Christiansen settled things down for the Cliff with two perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts. Then a three-run eighth inning had the Blue and Gold leading by five before things fell apart.
Kaiona Navas, the GPAC leader in saves, came in to start the ninth in a non-save situation. Navas was strapped with the loss as he recorded just one out, allowing eight runs, two earned, on three hits and three walks with one hit batter. Nick Iossi was given the win, finishing the game on the mound for Mount Marty. Iossi went 2.0 innings, giving up two runs on one hit and one walk.
Sawyer Olsen showed his power in the contest, belting two home runs including a grand slam. He finished with six RBIs. Scarver was 3-for-4 with a double while other Cliff batters to record multiple hits included Trevor Adler, Harpenau and Hill. Adler crossed home plate three times in the loss.
With a 4-0 weekend against BC, Mount Marty jumped the Chargers in the GPAC standings. The Lancers are now 19-16 on the season with a league record of 11-9. Briar Cliff dropped to 20-19 with a conference mark of 10-10. The Cliff hosts another four game set this week as Midland comes to Bishop Mueller Field for doubleheaders on Thursday and Saturday. First pitch on Thursday is set for 1 p.m.