The #16 Buena Vista baseball team wrapped up its three-day weekend trip to St. Louis with a strong 7-2 triumph over #13 St. Scholastica on Sunday afternoon. Earlier in the day, the team completed its suspended game from Saturday afternoon, and fell to Washington University 14-10. On Saturday, the Beavers fell in the opener to St. Scholastica, 14-13 in 10 innings.
In the win over the Saints, sophomore Jon Ringblom won for the second time on the young season, after pitching eight innings, allowing just two runs on 10 hits, while walking one and striking out six. In two starts this season, he's now struck out 13 and walked only two in 16 innings of work, while posting an ERA of 1.12.
St. Scholastica got on the board first with a run in the top of the third inning before BVU stormed right back with three of its own in the bottom half with RBI's from sophomore Nick Schlecht (Omaha, Neb./Skutt), sophomore Joe Paletta (Omaha, Neb./Millard South) and junior Ryan Scheetz (Omaha, Neb./Millard North). Sophomore Weston Foxx (Elkhorn, Neb./Elkhorn) then pushed the lead to 5-1 in the fifth with his two-run single.
The Saints, got a run in the eighth to make it 5-2, but BVU then put the game away in the bottom half with another RBI from Schlecht, and one more from Brock Yossi.
Senior James Stone (Des Moines, Iowa/Johnston) came on to work the final inning and allowed just one hit.
In Saturday's opener with the Saints, the Beavers scored at least one run in each of the first eight innings and took a 13-11 lead into the bottom of that inning before St. Scholastica plated two runs to force extra innings before plating the game-winner with a run in the 10th.
Scheetz came up with a big game offensively for BVU, going 4-for-6, including a double and home run, while driving in six and scoring three more. Junior Neil Eddie (Owatonna, Iowa/Owatonna) also picked up a hit and drove in two, while Schlecht and Foxx each tallied two hits.
Junior Tyler Lefeber (Harlan, Iowa/Harlan) worked the final 2.1 innings and suffered the hard-luck loss, allowing three unearned runs on three hits, while walking only one and striking our four.
Yossi, along with freshman Dillon Plath (Omaha, Neb./Burke) and sophomore Dylan Colo (Omaha, Neb./Millard North), finished with two hits and two RBI to help lead the Beavers offensively in the second game against the host Bears, as the team tallied 10 hits.
BVU held a slim 9-8 lead when the game was called on Saturday due to darkness, and the Bears went on to tie things up with a run in the sixth inning on Sunday before adding five runs in the seventh.
Freshman Scott Harris (Grimes, Iowa/Dallas Center-Grimes) came on in relief to make his Beaver debut and pitched the final four innings, while suffering his first loss. Fellow freshman Lucas Hadaway (Sheldahl, Iowa/North Polk) made his collegiate debut as well, pitching the first four frames and allowing eight runs on six hits.
Buena Vista is now 2-4 overall and will be back on the road for four more games this weekend. The team will open against UW-Platteville on Friday at 1:00pm before facing North Central (Ill.) at 4:00pm. It'll then face the same two teams on Saturday, beginning with North Central at 10:00am, followed by UW-P at 1:00pm.
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