The Charger baseball team remained undefeated at the Tucson Invitational, posting two more wins on Tuesday. Briar Cliff shutdown William Penn 11-0 in game one and claimed game two by a score of 8-5. The Chargers are now a perfect 6-0 at the invite and are 9-4 on the season, while the Statesmen dropped to 7-8 on the season.
Briar Cliff took game one of the doubleheader by a score of 11-0 and the Charger bats dominated with 12 hits, 11 runs and 10 RBI’s in the contest. Comparatively, the Statesmen were held to zero runs, two hits and zero RBI’s. The Cliff played a perfect game with zero errors, compared to William Penn suffering four mistakes.
The Cliff posted runs in five of the seven innings, recording one run in the first, three in the third, belting five runs in the fourth and adding one insurance run in both the fifth and sixth innings. Both Brogan Secrist and Arnolfo Gutierrez had the big hits for the Cliff, with Secrist hitting a triple in the fourth inning to score Rodney Scarver and Gutierrez also hit a triple in the sixth inning.
Secrist led the Cliff offensively with three hits on four at bats to go with one RBI and four runs scored. Brady Harpenau and Jacob Hom were the next-best batters with two hits each. Gutierrez, Scarver, Nick Robinson, Ray Rude and Logan Adam all also notched one hit apiece. Hom had a team leading three RBI, followed by Harpenau and Tyler Vanderham racking up two RBI each. Robinson, Secrist and Zayne Mowen also recorded one RBI apiece. Secrist had a team-high four runs, while Harpenau, Robinson, Vanderham, Gutierrez, Scarver, Sawyer Olson and TJ Egbarts all added one run each. Tyler Williams was a pitching nightmare for the Statesmen, only giving up one hit and piling up three K’s in five innings.
Briar Cliff claimed game two with a score of 8-5, thanks in large part to a five run opening inning. WP scored a run in the top of the first and BC responded with the five run inning in the bottom of the first. The Statesmen cut the Charger lead to 5-3 midway through the second period and Briar Cliff once again responded with a run of its own to make the score 6-3 after two. The Chargers added another run in the third inning and the Statesmen created two runs of their own to bring the score to 7-5 halfway through the fourth period. BC posted an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning and it ended up being the last run scored by either team, giving the Blue and Gold the 8-5 victory.
Secrist, Harpenau and Robinson provided the fireworks in the opening inning of game two. Secrist tripled, Harpenau doubled to left field to score Secrist and shortly after that, Robinson came in and tripled to right field to score Harpenau. Later in the inning, Hom doubled to score Egbarts. The hot start was a key in the Chargers picking up the W, as the Cliff held an 11-8 edge in hits during the game.
Harpenau had a team-high three hits in game two, trailed by Secrist and Robinson with two hits apiece. Hom, Gutierrez, Adam and Mateo Shannon also recorded one hit each. Harpenau, Shannon and Adam all had two RBI, while Robinson and Hom added one RBI apiece. Secrist and Harpenau crossed the plate twice. Robinson, Egbarts, Hom and Gutierrez also scored one run each in game two. The Blue and Gold had zero mistakes in the second contest and finished the day errorless.
Luke Lindsey, Jory Boynton, Dalen Blair and Nicholas Cole all saw action on the mound. Lindsey pitched 2.2 innings and gave up five hits, three runs and three errors while striking out one batter. Blair went 2.0 innings and recorded one K with zero hits, zero runs and zero errors during six at bats. Boynton threw 1.1 innings and surrendered two hits, two runs and two errors while striking out one hitter. Cole also saw action in 1.0 inning and allowed one hit while fanning two batters.
The Chargers will have the next two days off before returning to the Tucson Invitational on Friday. Briar Cliff will face Southwest Minnesota State in a doubleheader with a start-time scheduled for 10 a.m.