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Briar Cliff Baseball sweeps Dakota State

Briar Cliff Baseball sweeps Dakota State

After putting up 14 runs in game one the Charger baseball team rallied late in game two to complete the weekend sweep over Dakota State.

Jake Allen legged out a triple, scoring two runs as the Chargers put up three runs in the top of the first inning. The Trojans trailed 3-2 after scoring a run in the first and second inning. BC extended their lead in the fourth frame, scoring three runs.

Nicholas Cole struck out the side in the bottom of the fourth, and the Chargers added six more runs in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded Matthew Hmielewski reached third base on an error and three Chargers scored. In the next at bat, Cyler Melvin drove in Hmielewski as he legged out a triple to put the Cliff up 12-2.

BC added a run in the sixth off a Jake Allen solo home run and Graham Palsma drove in Brandon Hohenstein seventh. Dakota State score three runs in the bottom of the seventh as the Chargers took a 14-5 game one win.

Cole took the win for the Chargers, going 3.2 innings allowing zero runs, 3 three hits, and struck out five. Hmielewski drove in four runs and Jake Allen had three RBIs. Harrison Jestel and recorded two hits each.

Dakota State scored first in game two with one run in the bottom of the first and another run in the fourth to lead 2-0. The Charger bats were quiet through five innings, with just two hits.

Jestel opened the top of the sixth with a lead-off bomb over the right field fence. With the bases loaded Palsma was hit by a pitch, scoring Darnell Prince to tie the ballgame at 2-2. With two outs Melvin cleared the bases with a triple to right field. Jestel recorded his second RBI of the inning, driving in Melvin on the next at bat to put BC up 6-2.

The Trojans added a run in the bottom of the inning, but the Chargers would add three more insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Ryan Pearson allowed just one hit in the bottom of the inning to close out the 10-3 Charger victory.

“The guys really battled through some adversity in game two to come away with the sweep. The pitching staff was great all weekend,” said head coach Corby McGlauflin.

Houston Hawkins got the start for BC, going 4.0 innings allowing two runs on four hits. Kyler Steinborn got the win for the Cliff, throwing 2.0 scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Melvin had a team high three RBIs and Jestel tallied two RBIs. Jake Federico recorded a triple and Mike Anthony scored two runs.

Briar Cliff improves to 7-0 on the season and will travel to Forest City, Iowa next weekend for a pair of double headers on March 6 and 7.

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