Briar Cliff baseball took on Jamestown in a double-header Sunday afternoon in Topeka, Kansas and came away with a split against the Jimmies (10-1, 1-2). The two teams played earlier this season in non-conference contests in Arizona, with the Jimmies victorious in both games.
The Chargers dominated offensively in the first game of the day, taking down the Jimmies 10-1. Sawyer Olson, Ben Pigg and Brady Harpenau each had two RBIs in the game and Jacob Wesselmann pitched the full seven innings. He struck out nine batters, walked none and allowed two hits.
Despite going down in order in each of the first three innings, the Chargers exploded offensively in the second half of the contest, totaling 12 hits as a team and scoring two runs in the fourth, four in the fifth, three in the sixth and one run in the seventh inning.
A wild throw sent Michael Anthony home from third base in the fourth inning to put the Chargers on the board. Nick Robinson came home on a wild pitch and the Chargers led 2-0 after the top of the fourth.
Zach Zurbrugg hit a sacrifice fly to right field to plate a runner in the bottom of the inning to make the score 2-1 through four innings.
The Cliff added eight more runs through Game One and shut the Jimmies out after their fourth-inning score. Pigg went 3-for-4 at the plate. Dru Fitz takes the loss on the mound for Jamestown.
The Jimmies struck first in Game Two, scoring one run in the bottom of the second inning. The Chargers answered immediately in the third, however, with a solo home run by Ben Pigg to left field on the first pitch of the inning.
Jamestown added one run in the fourth inning and were able to hold off the Cliff through the final half of the game. Harrison Jestel pitched five innings, allowing eight hits and two runs, both of which were earned. Jestel struck out four batters. Connor Christiansen held the Jimmies scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning but the Charger offense could not pull off the win in its final at-bat. Harpenau and Peyton Griesert each had three hits for the Blue and Gold.
Tanner Roundy gets the win for Jamestown, striking out six batters and giving up seven hits and four walks.
BC baseball is now 12-10 on the season and 3-1 in GPAC play. Check back to bcuchagers.com for schedule updates regarding the team’s next games.