The Briar Cliff baseball team picked up a road split at Doane today with the Tigers winning game one 9-3 but the Chargers bounced back with a 10-3 victory in game two. BC moved to 14-26 overall and 7-11 in conference play on the season, while Doane is now 17-22 overall and 8-10 in the GPAC.
The Chargers got off to a commanding start in game one, scoring all three of their runs in the top of the second inning but the bats went cold while the Tiger offense came alive to score once in the second, three times in the fourth and five times in the fifth inning for the 9-3 win. Doane outhit the Cliff 11-7 in the contest and BC had two errors. Hagan Samson had a two-run double in the second inning to score Avery Foltz and Brogan Secrist and Ryan Welsh also had a double to score one run as Peyton Griesert crossed the plate.
Griesert paced the Cliff in hits with two, followed by Welsh, Michael Wagaman, Secrist, Samson and Carter Ludwig with one hit each and Samson had a team-high two RBI. Zayne Mowen suffered the loss for the Chargers with three strikeouts and four runs allowed in 4.0 innings pitched.
Game two once again saw the Chargers jump on the Tigers early, this time scoring five runs in the top of the first inning. Wagaman scored the first run of the game on a throw error by Doane and Secrist would follow that up with a score on a wild pitch. Logan Adam singled to left to put the Cliff up 3-0 when Brady Harpenau scored and Samson then bolstered the lead to 5-0 with a two-run homer to score Adam and himself. Doane scored once in the second inning before Briar Cliff tacked on four more runs in the fourth to open up a 9-1 advantage. Wagaman belted a two-run double to score Welsh and Foltz and Jacob Hom then doubled to score Wagaman and Hom would later score on a throwing error by Doane. BC scored its final run of the game in the eighth inning when Hom singled to score Welsh and locked up the 10-3 win.
The Tigers again outhit the Chargers, this time 10-8, but four errors by Doane and only two by Briar Cliff allowed BC to notch the split. Hom and Adam both had two hits for the Chargers, trailed by Welsh, Wagaman, Samson and J.P. Martin with one hit apiece. Wagaman, Hom and Samson all had two RBI and Welsh and Wagaman shared the team lead in runs scored with two apiece. Matt Wesselmann provided a strong pitching performance for the Cliff with 8.0 innings pitched and four K's in the victory.
Briar Cliff will be at Bishop Mueller Field on Monday afternoon, hosting Morningside in a conference doubleheader with game one beginning at 1 p.m.