Apr. 13, 2013
For the first time in a week, the Buena Vista baseball team was able to get back out on the diamond to play a game, and Beavers were also on the road for the first time during league play this season, splitting a doubleheader on Saturday to begin their four-game weekend series at the University of Dubuque. BVU won the opener, 5-2, before falling 3-0 in game two.
Freshman Brandon Wessels, the reigning Iowa Conference Position Player of the Week, got things off on the right foot, blasting a lead-off solo home run to left field in the first and giving BVU a 1-0 lead.
The Spartans evened things up at 1-1 in the third before junior Jeremy Lambert belted a lead-off home run in the fourth to put the Beavers back in front, 2-1.
Dubuque again bounced back with an RBI single in the bottom half to make it 2-2, but BVU scored three times in the fifth en route to the three-run victory.
Senior Ryan Scheetz, sophomore Jesse Munsterman and junior Weston Foxx all picked up RBI’s in the inning which started with a defensive miscue by the Spartans.
Foxx and fellow junior Joe Paletta each doubled and finished with two hits for BVU, which out-hit Dubuque, 10-7.
Junior Jon Ringblom continues to shine on the mound, improving to 3-1 on the year after going the distance and allowing just one earned run, striking out six and walking three.
The Beavers couldn’t squeak out the big hit in game two. As a team, the Beavers left at least one runner on base in six of the nine innings and a total of eight overall.
After BVU left a runner in scoring position in the third and fourth innings, the Spartans jumped on the board with a pair of runs in the fourth and then added an insurance run in the fifth.
Sophomore Ian Grigbsy was solid in his third outing of the year, but drops to 0-2 overall. He allowed all three runs on just five hits, struck out seven and walked only three. Brennan Holm came and pitched a perfect 1.1 innings.
Munsterman added another double, as he and Dillon Plath each tallied two hits to help lead the way for the team at the plate.
Buena Vista is now 11-11 overall (3-7 IIAC) and will look to win its first series of the year on Sunday when the same two teams play the final two games of the series, beginning at 11:00am.