The Mountaineers returned to the field this evening in another elimination game, this time against the #4 Briarcliffe College Bulldogs.
Briarcliffe struck first in the second inning, scoring the first run of the game only for Berea to respond in the bottom of the second inning. Morgan McClure's double to begin the inning resulted in the first run of the game for Berea, as Cheyanna Johnson's RBI single brought McClure in to score. The teams were tied 1-1 after the second inning. The game would not stay tied for long as the Bulldogs added two more runs in the top of the third to take the lead 3-1. Two consecutive doubles, the first by Merecedes Stanfield, helped give Berea their second run of the game. McClure hit her second double of the game to bring Stanfield in to make the score 3-2. After advancing to third base on a Victoria Sergent sacrifice bunt, McClure tied the game once again on an error by the Briarcliffe shortstop, making the score 3-3.
The Mountaineers got their first lead in the bottom of the fifth. Hannah Carter and Kari Kviten both reached base on singles, followed by a Stanfield walk loaded the bases for the Blue Crew. McClure's sacrifice hit resulted in a RBI as Carter crossed home plate to make the score 4-3 and advance the runners. Sergent added her second RBI of the game on a single which allowed Kviten to cross home plate and give Berea a 5-3 lead heading into the top of the sixth inning. Briarcliffe cut into the lead in the top of sixth inning by putting a run on the board, making the score 5-4. The Mountaineers pushed the lead back up to two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning off a Kviten sacrifice fly that Cheyenne Moran scored on, giving Berea a 6-4 lead heading into the seventh inning and needing three outs to stay alive in the tournament. Briarcliffe would try to extend the game past the top of the seventh inning but could only muster one run, ending the game with a Mountaineers victory 6-5.
Leading the way for the offense was McClure, who was 2-2, with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored. The offense as a whole gathered nine hits and scored six runs. Katelyn Blair started the game for the Mountaineers on the mound, pitching three innings of the game, giving up four hits, three runs (two earned), walking three four batters and striking out three while Sergent pitched four innings, gave up six hits, one run, striking out six batters while walking two.
Berea will return to action tomorrow at 2:00 PM. They will take on the winner of the #6 NHTI and #5 PSU Hazleton in the first game of the day.