The Briar Cliff baseball team continued its winning ways at the Tucson Invitational on Monday, posting wins of 17-3 and 2-1 against Presentation. The Chargers combined for 20 hits on the day, compared to the Saints notching 14 hits. Briar Cliff improved to 7-4 on the season with the victories, while Presentation slipped to 6-4.
Briar Cliff scored runs in four of the seven innings during game one, highlighted by five runs in the third inning and 10 runs in the seventh. Both squads posted one run in the first inning and the Saints took a 2-1 advantage after two. Sawyer Olson helped the Cliff regain the lead in the third with a double, followed by the Chargers cashing in on Saint miscues, scoring on a walk and on a Presentation error. Logan Adam had the big hit of the inning, singling to right field to score both Tyler Vanderham and Jacob Hom to give the Cliff the 6-2 advantage after three.
Only one run was scored by either team between innings four and six with the Chargers posting the lone run in the stretch during the fifth. The Blue and Gold poured it on in the top of the seventh inning with 10 runs. The Cliff piled up seven hits and cashed in on three Presentation errors during the 10-run inning. The Saints failed to respond in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Chargers picked up the 17-3 win. BC racked up 17 runs, 12 hits and one error in the contest. Comparatively, PC had three runs, eight hits and seven mistakes.
Olson, Vanderham, and Adam all led the Cliff with two hits apiece. Vanderham, Nick Robinsonand David Thomas all shared the team lead in RBI with two each. Robinson, Vanderham, Adam, Olson, TJ Egbarts and Brogan Secrist all scored a team-high two times. Zayne Mowen was the winning pitcher, throwing 5.0 innings and striking out five batters, while giving up six hits and two runs.
The Charger bats cooled off in game two and the Cliff only held an 8-6 advantage in hits. Arnulfo Gutierrez got the Blue and Gold on the board during the second inning when he scored off a Rodney Scarver ground out. Brady Harpenau extended the BC lead to 2-0 in the third inning when he scored off a Tyler Vanderham sacrifice fly to center field. Both teams then went scoreless until the top of the seventh when Presentation chalked up a run, but it would not be enough as Briar Cliff notched the 2-1 victory. The Chargers had two runs, eight hits and three errors, while Presentation created one run, six hits and zero errors in game two.
Harpenau and Gutierrez led the Blue and Gold in the second game with two hits each. Vanderham and Scarver recorded one RBI apiece, while Harpenau and Gutierrez both had one run scored. Jacob Wesselman pitched 6.1 innings and got the W on the mound with two K’s on 26 at bats, while surrendering five hits and one run.
Briar Cliff will now turn its attention to William Penn with a doubleheader between the two squads scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the Tucson Invitational on Tuesday.