FLORENCE, KY - The Mountaineers (1-6) jumped out to a two run lead after a Ron Overstreet double knocked in Jake Taylor and Aaron Effoe. The lead was held for another two innings, until BC starter Lawton Jackson gave up a handful of singles, of which scored Nick Burrus via Ryan Mummert. The inning was capped off with UCC's Jake Scarlato stealing home and tying the game at two.
After a quiet home half of the third for Berea, Clermont got right back where they left off in the previous inning, as Burrus doubled to bring in Colt Cordrey, and gave Berea their first deficit of the day.
Berea wouldn't continue to be denied, however, for they were able to load the bases for Sr. Kenny Cullings in the bottom of the 5th, who watched a wild pitch sail away from the catcher and go out of play, bringing in two runs, and advancing Overstreet to third. Cullings' singled through the left side of the infield to push the Mountaineer's lead to 2. Berea would tack on one more run in the following inning with a sacrifice fly from Overstreet, bringing in Effoe.
Lawton Jackson finished his complete game by stranding two men on base in the 7th inning to win his first, and the team's first game, of the season.
The second game was not as friendly to Berea, however. Freshman Lance Shelton started the Mountaineers off to a very strong start, not allowing a hit through the first three frames. A Ryan Akins single in the bottom of the first brought in Effoe to put Berea up a run for the first three innings.
The Cougars stepped on the gas for the final four innings of the game, however, as they were able to tally 2 runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, and a three run home run in the 7th off the bat of Nick King.
Cincinnati's starting pitcher, Brandon Boyd, was awarded the win, while Berea's Shelton was given the loss. While offense seemed lacking in the second game of the afternoon, Berea was led by solid individual efforts at the plate by 1B Evan Hackney (3-4, 2B) Berea has now dropped six of their first seven games.
Berea is looking to get back on track with two home games this coming Wednesday, March 18th, as they host University of Pikeville in their home opener. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00pm and 5:00pm.