BEREA, KY- After a scoreless first inning by RHP Lawton Jackson, Berea started the first game off strong by simply putting the ball in play. Chris Works reached base on a throwing error by the shortstop, advanced to second on a walk by Logan Hunt, and was brought in by a line drive single to left field by Evan Hackney.
Brescia would bounce back in the top of the third inning with an RBI single by Aaron King up the middle to score Zach Capps. King would score on an RBI single by Christian McHatton, who would come around and score on an RBI triple by Justin Cessna, who would score the fourth and final run of the inning on a single up the middle by Blake Smith.
Berea would add two more in the bottom half of the third, after a Works single, Ryan Akins double, which scored Works, and a Logan Hunt sacrifice fly. Two errors in the following half of the inning by Hunt would allow two more runs to score in the top of the fourth, adding to the unearned run total of the year.
Berea wouldn't be denied, however, in the bottom of the fourth, as they were able to scratch four runs across the board on a hit, single up the middle by Devin Belleville, and single by Works, which was exasperated by an error on the Bearcat right fielder, allowing Works to go to third, and score the two on base. Works would score on the following at bat on a wild pitch. Ryan Akins would double into the right centerfield gap, would advance to third on a wild pitch and would score on a Hackney double off the left field wall. Jake Taylor would score Will Hislope and Evan Hackney on a bloop single to shallow left field, and would be thrown out trying to stretch it into a double to end the six run inning.
Berea would add to the impressive total in the bottom of the sixth, as Works would reach on an error by the shortstop, steal second, and advance to third on a throwing error by the catcher. Works would score on a Hislope single off a diving shortstop's glove. Jackson (7 IP, 6 R, 5 ER, 10 H) would allow one run in the following frame and strand runners on second and third in the top of the seventh, and would lead Berea to a 10-7 win over the Bearcats.
Patrick Elzinga would take the mound for Berea in game two against the Bearcats, going three straight innings without giving up a run before a single into centerfield by Logan Rascoe scored Smith to put Brescia up 1-0. Two more runs would come in after a Works error and single up the middle from King.
Berea would load the bases in the bottom of the fourth, leading to an Evan Hackney sac fly to score Belleville, and a triple from Hunt which scored Works and Akins. Berea would break the tie on an error by the shortstop on a sharply hit ball by Jake Taylor, scoring Hunt and giving BC a 4-3 lead at the end of the fourth inning.
In the top of the sixth inning, Brescia would tally a tying run with an RBI single from King to score Capps, which spelled the end of the night for starter Patrick Elzinga. Chad Brown would take over for Elzinga for the final out of the sixth inning.
Brown would give up two runs in the top of the seventh inning on singles from Rascoe and Capps. Berea would be unable to overcome the two run deficit in the final frame, allowing Brescia to rally and split the series by winning the final game by a score of 6-4.