Berry Explodes in Second Game To Earn Split With Denison
Austin Neely, Thomas Johnson and Brandyn Jackson drove in three runs apiece and Cameron Rich tossed seven strong innings as Berry defeated Denison 19-2 in the second game of a baseball doubleheader at William R. Bowdoin Field Saturday.
Denison won the first game 8-0 behind a two-hit shutout from Connor Murphy.
In the nightcap, the Vikings (7-8) exploded for nine runs in the fourth inning to take a 9-1 lead. Berry added another run in the fifth and eight more in the seventh.
After Denison (1-2) made the score 18-2 with a run in the top of the eighth, the Vikings added their final run in the bottom of the inning.
Rich (1-1) scattered five hits over seven innings, allowing one run. He struck out three batters and walked two. Carter Reese allowed one unearned run in the eighth inning and Josh Dilbeck tossed a scoreless ninth.
Clayton Culler recorded Denison's lone RBI in the second game on a ground ball to the second baseman.
Big Red starter David Holmes (0-1) took the loss, allowing four runs in three innings.
Berry's offensive eruption in the second game came after its bats were held silent in the opener by Murphy.
The righthander allowed just five baserunners in the seven-inning affair. Three of those runners came in the third inning, when, with two outs, Murphy (1-0) hit Jackson with a pitch and walked Stephen Gaylor before Austin Neely reached on an error to load the bases. But Johnson grounded into a fielder's choice to end the inning.
Berry's lone hits came on leadoff singles by Zach Farmer in the fourth inning and Gaylor in the sixth.
Justin Vaske drove in three runs and Danny Krause, Andrew Mahle and Tim Duxbury tallied two hits apiece to pace the Big Red offense.
The Vikings are scheduled to return to action Tuesday at Emory.
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