The bats broke out in a big way for the Buena Vista baseball team on Tuesday afternoon, as the Beavers went on the road and out-scored Coe College, 21-2, to take a doubleheader sweep from the Kohawks, who came into the day tied for the league lead.
BVU wasted no time getting the offense going, plating six runs in the top first of the inning, giving Tyson Valentine, who was making his collegiate debut, all the run support he would need.
Brandon Wessels singled home the game’s first run with one out before the Beavers added five more with two outs, including a three-run double by senior Alex Davis. Junior Weston Foxx singled twice in the inning and drove in a run with the second.
Coe got one of those runs back in the second, but then went without a hit until the sixth inning.
BVU made it a 7-1 game in the third when Foxx singled home another run and then added the final three runs in the seventh, including two runs on a dropped fly ball by the Kohawks, who finished with five errors and only four hits.
Foxx finished 3-for-5 at the plate with Davis, as well as Jesse Munsterman adding two hits apiece. Munsterman, Dillon Plath and Ryan Duncan each scored twice, as BVU reached 10 runs in a game for the first time since losing a 16-12 decision to Wartburg College.
Valentine picked up his first career win while going the distance, allowing just the one run on four hits and striking out three.
The momentum carried over into the nightcap, as BVU went on to score runs in each of the first four innings, including seven in the third. Coe got its run in the fourth, as the game was called after seven due to the 10-run rule.
Foxx also picked up where he left off, tripling to center to start the game, and scoring a batter later on Nick Schlecht’s RBI ground out. He was one of six players to finish with two hits for the Beavers, who out-hit the Kohawks, 14-6.
Wessels and Davis each drove in two runs as seven different players finished with an RBI.
Kendall Hazel picked up the win and improves to 2-2 on the year after going the distance, scattering six hits, striking out one and walking one.
Buena Vista improves to 16-14 overall (8-10 IIAC) and climbs up into third in the IIAC standings. The team will remain on the road for a four-game weekend series at Central College (15-12, 7-9 IIAC) beginning with Friday’s doubleheader at 1:00pm.
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