- Dordt lost to Briar Cliff, 9-7
- Dordt: 4-4 (GPAC), 8-16
- Briar Cliff: 6-2 (GPAC), 17-8
HOW IT HAPPENED:
An eight-run, fifth-inning by Briar Cliff proved to be the difference in the Defenders 9-7 loss to the Chargers in game two of a GPAC doubleheader played today at Open Space Park in Sioux Center, Iowa.
With Dordt leading 6-1, Briar Cliff sent 12 batters to the plate in its eight-run, fifth inning, all on five hits, a walk, a hit batsman and two Defender errors. Connor Lange and Dawson Forcella hit RBI singles while Mike Anthony added a two-run double for the Chargers. Lange also reached base off a Defender error which led to three additional runs.
Dordt came back with one run in the bottom of the seventh when Dylan Stanley doubled and later scored off a sacrifice fly hit by Cade Hollingsworth. With a runner at first and the tying run at the plate, Aaron Eshelman lined out to Chargers pitcher Austin Carter to end the game.
Briar Cliff grabbed a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Walter Hunt scored Cam Riemer from second in the top of the first.
Dordt tied the score with an unearned run in the second after a walk by Anthony Klinzing followed by a BCU error. The Defenders best inning was the third where they plated three runs on four hits. Both Chase Edwards and Eshelman hit run-scoring doubles and Stanley added an RBI single.
Another RBI single by Luke November, scoring Logan Cline, put the Defenders in front 6-1 after four innings.
BY THE NUMBERS:
Dordt outhit the Chargers 8-6, led by Stanley (2/4), who was the lone Defender with multiple hits
Eshelman went 1/4 with three RBIs
Nick Yeager allowed four hits, four earned runs and struck out nine to earn the no-decision
Michael Ohlin pitched 2.1 scoreless innings in relief
The Defenders committed five errors; BCU totaled four
Austin Carter (1-0) picked up his first win of the season, giving up four hits and two runs in the final 4.1 innings
Hunt led the Chargers offense with two hits and Lange drove in four runs
The Defenders will head to Crete, Neb. for an afternoon doubleheader against first place Doane on Friday, April 1.