SIOUX CITY | Briar Cliff needed a doubleheader sweep of Hastings to keep its college baseball season alive and did just that winning on scores of 5-2 and 4-3 in Great Plains Athletic Conference games played at Bishop Mueller Field Tuesday.
The Chargers qualified for the GPAC postseason tournament as the No. 8 seed, bumping Doane from the tourney in the process. Jacob Hom hit a long single to center field for a walk-off win in the second game for BCU. A loss in either game would have eliminated BCU from postseason action.
The Chargers trailed 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning of the nightcap but Hagan Samson hit a two-out double and Brady Harpenau advanced home on an error to tie the game at 3-3.
Matt Wesselmann pitched a complete-game five-hitter and fanned two to get the win in the second tilt. Luke Christensen had a solo home run in game two for the Broncos (26-22 overall, 15-13 GPAC), who will be the No. 4 seed in the GPAC tournament.
Briar Cliff (18-32 overall, 11-17 GPAC) led throughout in the opener, getting two runs in each of the first two innings to go up 4-0. Hom and Harpenau hit run-scoring singles in the first inning to get the Chargers the lead. Avery Foltz added an RBI double and Ryan Welsh a single to plate the fourth run in the second frame for BCU.
Zayne Mowen pitched the first five innings to get the win in the opener while Nicholas Cole pitched the final two innings to close out the game.
The Chargers will take on top-seed Concordia when the GPAC tournament starts Thursday.
BUENA VISTA 4, LORAS 2: The Beavers scored twice in the sixth inning to overcome a 2-1 deficit and went on to down the Duhawks in an Iowa Conference baseball game at Petrakis Park in Dubuque, Iowa Tuesday.
The Beavers moved in to a tie with Luther for third place in the IIAC with the win, both at 13-8. Buena Vista, which has already wrapped up a IIAC tournament berth, closes its regular season out with a three-game at at Coe starting Friday.
Kolby Hilgenberg had an RBI double in the sixth inning to scored Bryce Rheault and tie the game at 2-2. Devin Wagenman hit a sacrifice fly later in the inning to score Hilgenberg and give BVU a 3-2 lead.
Buena Vista added an insurance run in the eighth inning when Rheault scored on former Le Mars prep athlete Kendall Candor's run-scoring single.
Tate Holmes pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the win while Dalton Mason worked around a pair of walks to get his fifth save of the season.