FREMONT, Neb. – Playing under the newly formatted GPAC baseball schedule, Midland University won its first four-game series of the season against Briar Cliff University. The Warriors combined for 56 runs and launched 14 home runs en route to three wins over the weekend.
Midland swept Saturday’s doubleheader at Briar Cliff by scores of 25-1 and 18-5. The Chargers answered with a 7-1 win in Sunday’s opener at Moller Field before the Warrior bats resumed their onslaught for a 12-2 triumph in the finale.
“We showed just how contagious hitting can be on Saturday at Briar Cliff,” said head coach Chad Miller. “The most important thing for us right now is continuing to find ways to be consistent day to day and week to week. In game one on Sunday, you saw just how strange and mental this game can be. We knew Briar Cliff would be ready to respond, but we also had a let down on our side. It was good for us to come away with a series win by taking care of business in the second game.”
Game 1 Saturday at Briar Cliff – Win, 25-1
- Anthony Virgen paced the Warriors at the plate going 3-for-4 with a homer and a career-high six RBI
- Robert Cummins hit and pair of long balls and added four RBI
- Kevin Amezquita and Buddy Balsino each went deep as MU recorded five homers in the game
- Torrey Escamilla (8-0) tossed six innings of shutout ball; his eight wins lead the GPAC and rank fourth in the NAIA
Game 2 Saturday at Briar Cliff – Win, 18-5 (7 innings)
- Balsino, Virgen, Tanner Bos, Cole Gray and Justin Trevino each homered
- Bos led the way with five RBI and Virgen capped his big day with three more (nine total)
- Shea Bennett (5-4) earned the win, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over 5.0 IP
Game 1 Sunday at Midland – Loss, 7-1
- After combining for 37 hits on Saturday, the Warriors were limited to just five hits in the loss
- Bos drove in the lone Midland run with an RBI-double in the fifth inning
- Dillon Cotner (1-1) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits over 4.0 IP with four Ks
Game 2 Sunday at Midland – Win, 12-2 (7 innings)
- Conlon McKenzie launched a pair of home runs and pitched two scoreless innings of relief
- Bos and Nate Calles also homered for Midland
- Gray went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles; he currently ranks second all-time in program history with 58 two-baggers
- Kiefer Musiel (6-0, 3.08 ERA) earned the win and stuck out nine batters over 5.0 IP; he allowed a pair of unearned runs on just three hits
The Warriors totaled an impressive 59 hits and 53 RBI over the four-game weekend series and now ranks sixth in the NAIA in slugging (.565) and 10th in team batting average (.344).
Midland (27-12, 9-5 GPAC) now sits in a second place tie in the conference standings. Briar Cliff (12-24, 5-9) falls to ninth place in the GPAC.
The Warriors play another home-and-home GPAC series this weekend against Northwestern College. The first doubleheader will be played at Moller Field in Fremont on Friday beginning at 2 p.m.