The Briar Cliff baseball team completed its 12-game road trip at the Tucson Invitational in Tucson, Arizona today with BC being swept by Dickinson State. The Chargers dropped game one 11-1 and the Bluehawks took game two by a final score of 7-5. BC is now 4-14 overall this season.
Dickinson State jumped all over the Cliff early in game one, scoring six runs through the first three innings to lead 6-0. The Chargers scored their only run of the game in the fourth inning when Logan Adam singled to score Brady Harpenau. The Bluehawks then scored five more runs through the next three innings to take the game 11-1 with a 13-6 edge in hits and BC had four errors. Jacob Hom paced the Cliff with three hits, followed by Ryan Welsh, Adam and David Thomas with one hit each.
Game two saw the Chargers take an early lead but the Bluehawks rallied back for the win. Briar Cliff came out of the gates hot with four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Harpenau started the scoring with a two-run double to bring Peyton Griesert and Ray Rude home and give BC a 2-0 lead. Welsh then reach on a throwing error that allowed Harpenau to come home and push the lead to 3-0. Adam drove in Welsh later on a groundout to give the Cliff a 4-0 lead after the first inning. Dickinson State would tie the game in the third inning after scoring two runs in the second and two more in the third to knot the game up at 4-4. The Chargers quickly took the lead back in the bottom of the third when Welsh hit a leadoff homer to center field to put the Cliff up 5-4 but that would be the last run BC could muster on offense. The Bluehawks tied the game in the fourth inning and pushed two runs across in the seventh inning to hold on for the 7-5 win.
Rude was the team leader in hits with two, followed by Harpenau, Welsh, Hom, Adam and Hagan Samson with one hit apiece. Harpenau and Welsh both had two RBI and Welsh had a team-high two runs scored while Griesert, Rude and Harpenau all scored once. Matt Wesselmann started the game on the mound for BC, going 5.0 innings and striking out six batters. Zayne Mowen suffered the loss in his 1.1 innings pitched.
Briar Cliff will be on the road next Saturday, visiting Dakota State in a doubleheader with game one set for 1:30 p.m.