A five-run fifth inning was the difference for the Briar Cliff softball team Monday as the Chargers scored seven unanswered runs to beat Southwestern 7-3 to end a three-game series. Alexis Westercamp and Kennedy Andersen drove in two runs each and Callie Billings scored the game-winning run.
With the based loaded in the fifth, Kennedy Andersen pinch hit for Billings and hit a single to center field to send home Hunter Pitts and Brooke Masi and advance Josie Chronic to second. Billings reentered the game to run for Andersen and scored on Westercamp’s double on the next at-bat to make the game 4-3 in favor of the Chargers.
Morgan Moffitt hit a sacrifice fly to score Westercamp and round out the inning.
The Chargers added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to cap off the series 2-1 against the Moundbuilders.
“We had key at-bats from Aubrey Chichurka and Kennedy Andersen,” said head coach Erin Bly. “They were absolutely clutch in turning that game around for us. Kayla Guerrero had a strong day on the mound as well.”
Bella Valdez gets the win for the Chargers, throwing one inning and giving up three hits and run earned run. Grace Delay and Kayla Guerrero put in three innings of work each. Guerrero did not give up any hits or walks during her time in the circle and struck out one batter.
The Chargers totaled nine hits in the game and got two hits each from Westercamp and Josie Chronic. Chichurka had one hit and reached base by walk twice.
BC will return to the field Tuesday with a doubleheader at Oklahoma Wesleyan in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Game one is set to start a 2 p.m.