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Briar Cliff Softball splits with Northwestern

Briar Cliff Softball splits with Northwestern

Despite losing to Northwestern in game one of Monday’s doubleheader against the Red Raiders, BC softball rallied for a win in the second contest of the afternoon. The Chargers fell 8-5 in the first and took the second 7-2.

“I am really proud of the group tonight,” said head coach Erin Bly. “We had a good approach at the plate and executed well.”

Briar Cliff outhit Northwestern 12-3 in game two. Bailey NicholsAlayna Allen and Brooklyn Barnett all registered two hits. Nichols was 2-for-2 at the plate, reached base on walks twice, scored three runs and had one RBI.

After putting Northwestern down in order in the top of the first inning, BC sent Nichols to the plate as the leadoff batter, where she hit her third home run in six games and put the Cliff up 1-0 early.  Rachele Heaton was the next batter up and reached on a walk before stealing second on a wild pitch. Allen singled to center field to score Heaton and the Chargers held a 2-0 lead after the first.

BC again held Northwestern scoreless in the second inning and added three runs in the bottom of the frame. Emily Riha hit a single and was advanced to second base by a sacrifice by from Abbygail Lint. Nichols was walked and Heaton reached first on a fielder’s choice with Nichols advancing to second and Riha being sent back to the dugout.

With two outs, Summer Williams knocked a single to center field, plating Nichols. Allen helped her own cause with a single to deep center, sending home Heaton and Williams. Northwestern got one back in the fourth inning with a home run by Amber Schubert.

Nichols reached base again in the fourth, this time with a single. The next two batters popped out but Nichols was able to advance all the way to third on a wild throw. Allen reached on a walk before Barnett hit an RBI single to center to score Nichols.

Nichole Wiles hit a single to the third baseman to score Allen and the Chargers led 7-1 after four frames. The Red Raiders added a run in the fifth inning for the 7-2 final score.

Allen went 2-for-2 in the game with three RBIs and pitched the full seven innings for BC. She gave up three hits, allowed one walk and struck out five batters. Emma Schneel was the losing pitcher, allowing six hits and five runs in two innings in the circle.

In game one, Northwestern started the game by plating two runs in the first inning and one in the second. BC was able to tie things up at three runs each after four innings but a five-run fifth frame by the Red Raiders put them ahead 8-3. Nichols came home from third base in the sixth and homered in the seventh but the Cliff could not complete a comeback.

Williams takes the game-two loss, giving up six hits and six runs in four innings of work. Abby Lint finished the game for the Chargers, allowing no hits or runs in her 2.2 innings and struck out one. Nichols went 2-for-4 in the first contest and scored two runs with one RBI.

The Chargers will be off until April 24 when they travel to take on Dordt in Sioux Center, Iowa.

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