Berea, KY: The Berea College Mountaineers took the field at the Berea College Sports Complex to take on the Cincinnati Christian Eagles, coming down from their Pryce Hill home in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Mountaineers lost their first game by a score of 10-15, and won the second by a score of 16-10.
The first game proved troublesome for pitcher Michael Smither, who gave up seven earned runs through his four innings pitched. Regardless of the rough outing for Berea's starting pitching, the Mountaineers weren't out of it. Berea strung together several runs through the game, usually only being down by only one or two runs. Berea College's pitching unit couldn't stop a leak, however, in this one. Griffen Norris kept the Eagles from finishing BC off, but walked three batters over 1.2 innings, gave up two runs, and let Chase O'Connor deal with the Eagles. CCU snatched four runs off the Berea closer, and ended up running away to a 10-15 win over Berea.
Game two was a better offensive effort for Berea, as SP Josh Wilson took the bump, and delivered 3.1 solid innings for Berea. Tyler Plageman went 3-3 in the second game, reaching base 5 times. The bullpen bent, but didn't break for Berea. Lance Shelton returned from an injury by throwing 3.1 innings and giving up six runs. Zach Roberson shut the door for Berea in the 7th, and BC was able to get out of the game with a split series at 1-1.
Berea travels up to Cincinnati next to take on Mt. St. Joseph. Chad Brown is the projected starting pitcher for that game as Berea looks to take one from the Lions who have already beat BC twice this year.