The Briar Cliff softball team began conference play Saturday hosting Mount Marty at Bishop Mueller Field. The Cliff fell 3-0 in game one and dropped game two 5-3.
“It was a tough day on the field,” said head coach Erin Bly. “We did not adjust when we needed to and could not come up with a big hit.”
The Lancers put up a run in the first inning after three straight singles and would load the bases later in the inning. Grace Delay struck out the final two batters to limit Mount Marty to just one run. Briar Cliff had their best scoring opportunity in the bottom of the fourth after Alexis Westercamp was hit by a pitch. On the next at bat Brooke Masi singled to third, but Mount Marty’s Maureena Vornhagen struck out the next Charger to end the inning.
Delay takes the loss for the Chargers. She went 1.0 innings, giving up five hits and one earned run with two strikeouts. Kayla Guerrero threw 6.0 innings in relief, allowing two earned runs on five hits with four strikeouts.
The Chargers trailed 2-0 after the first inning in game two. Pinch runner Veronica Pitzl scored in the bottom of the second, off a passed ball to cut the Lancer lead to 2-1. Briar Cliff took the lead in the third, with Westercamp scoring off a Lancer error and Rachele Heaton driving in Kylee Lukes to take a 3-2 lead.
Mount Marty retook the lead in the fifth tacking on three runs. BC threatened in the bottom half of the inning, loading the bases with one out. The Chargers struck out in the next two at bats, stranding three Chargers on base.
Westercamp, Lukes, and Aubrey Chichurka tallied two hits for the Chargers. Guerrero takes the loss for the Cliff, throwing 2.2 innings giving up one run and three hits.
Briar Cliff is back at Bishop Mueller Field Friday, hosting Dakota Wesleyan in a GPAC doubleheader. Game one is set for 3 p.m. with game two to follow.