The Briar Cliff baseball team picked up an 18-9 victory over No. 24 Central Methodist on Monday in Fayette, Missouri. The Chargers improved to 3-4 overall on the season after going 2-1 in the three-game set with the Eagles, while Central Methodist dropped to 7-4 on the year.
The Chargers had plenty of fireworks in the game, highlighted by three innings with at least five runs scored. The Cliff came out of the gate firing on all cylinders, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning and never looking back. Tyler Vanderham did the majority of the damage with one swing of the bat with a grand slam over the left field fence on the first pitch of his at bat. Nick Robinson also drew a bases-loaded walk to score Nick Robinson prior to the grand slam. The Chargers offense exploded again in the third inning with seven runs and another grand slam to go up 12-1. This time the long ball came off the bat of Sawyer Olson. Michael Anthony also had a two-run double in the inning.
Robinson would bolster that lead in the fifth inning with a single to right to score Brogan Secrist and make the advantage 13-1. The Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to make the score 13-4 before the Chargers tacked on five more runs in the top of the ninth inning. The big hit of the ninth inning was a two-run single to deep center field that scored Avery Foltz and Robinson. Central Methodist then attempted to keep the rally going in the bottom of the ninth with five runs to make the final score 18-9.
Briar Cliff outhit Central Methodist in the contest 14-10 and the Chargers had one error, compared to two by the Eagles. Robinson led BC at the dish with three hits, followed by Secrist and Olson with two hits apiece. Seven Chargers had one hit in the game. Olson and Vanderham shared the team lead in RBI with four apiece, while Robinson, Jacob Hom and Anthony all had two RBI. Secrist scored a team-high four times. Jacob Wesselmann did the majority of the damage for the Cliff pitching staff, logging 7.0 innings with seven strikeouts and allowing only five hits and one run. Connor Christiansen added three K’s in his 1.2 innings pitched.
Briar Cliff is now off until heading to Tucson, Arizona to compete in the Tucson Invitational March 4-10. The Cliff will begin its spring trip with a 3 p.m. game against Wabash on March 4.