BVU Athletics

Baseball Rallies Late to Salvage Split of Spartans on Sunday

Apr. 14, 2013

Dubuque, Iowa

The University of Dubuque scored three times in the seventh inning of game one of Sunday’s doubleheader, including a game-winning two-out, two-run single to edge the Buena Vista baseball team, 3-2.  BVU rallied with five unanswered runs in the nightcap to win, 6-2.

BVU built a 2-0 lead in third, getting an RBI double from freshman Brandon Wessels, as well as a run-scoring single from junior Joe Paletta.

That was all the scoring until the Spartans took advantage of a wild pitch on a strikeout, as well as an error on another punch-out.

Following a lead-off single, Lucas Hadaway, who came on to relieve starter Scott Harris to begin the seventh, got the first of three strikeouts in the inning.  After a walk put runners on first and second, he then got the second strikeout, but runners were able to move up a base on a wild pitch.  Hadaway then got his third strikeout of the inning, but an error allowed the batter to reach and the two runners to advance a base, including the first run of the day.

Following a hit batter, the Spartans then notched the game-winning single through the left side.

Each team finished with five hits, including two from Wessels.

Harris allowed just three hits, struck out six and walked two through six scoreless innings of work.

It was a late rally in game two that helped propel BVU to the series-split.

With the Beavers trailing 2-1 heading to the seventh, senior Neil Eddie got the rally started by leading off the inning with a single to left.  Nick Schlecht then came on to pinch run and moved up to second a sacrifice from Ryan Titman.  Wessels came through with the game-tying run by tripling to right center before he scored on Foxx’s single through the left side.

Foxx then moved up to third and scored on a throwing error by the pitcher, giving BVU a two-run cushion.

The Spartans got two runners on in both the seventh and eighth innings, but failed to score.

Foxx and Paletta each singled home runs in the final inning to provide insurance for the Beavers.

Foxx finished 4-for-5 at the plate with the two RBI and two runs scored.  Wessels and Paletta followed with two hits each with Schlecht scoring twice.

Adam Bernstorf improves to 2-0 on the mound after pitching 6.0 innings and allowing two runs on seven hits, while striking out four and walking two.  Jake Bjorkgren picks up his fifth save after going the final three innings, allowing one hit, while striking out two and walking one.

BVU is now 12-12 overall (4-8 IIAC) and will play its final four-game home weekend series of the year next Friday and Saturday, April 19-20 against Simpson College.  First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:00pm.

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