A big inning in each game of Saturday’s doubleheader helped send Luther College to a pair of victories over the Beaver baseball team by scores of 4-2 and 6-2.
The Norse, who scored in the first inning during both games on the day, got a single run in the opening frame of game one by getting three straight two-out singles.
BVU tied things in the second when Neil Eddie doubled to deep left field, scoring Jess Munsterman from first after Munsterman drew a two-out walk.
Luther quickly got the lead right back in the third with three straight one-out singles.
The Norse then picked up a pair of key two-out runs on a two-run single in the fourth.
Eddie then made it a 4-2 game in the bottom half when he picked up an RBI ground out with runners at second and third.
The Beavers tried to rally back over the final three innings, but couldn’t get the big hit to fall, as they left seven of their 10 runners on base during that stretch. Munsterman scorched a deep fly ball to left center field with two outs in the seventh and runners at second and third that Luther was able to run down just shy of the fence.
Munsterman finished with a pair of doubles in the contest with Brand Wessels also posting a pair of hits.
The Norse had nine hits through the first four innings, but BVU held them hitless over the final three frames.
Holm suffered the loss after being charged with all four runs on eight hits. He did strike out two and walked none.
Luther again jumped out in front in game two by scoring five of its six runs in the opening frame. The big blow of the inning was a two-run triple by David Lowe to right field. He would score on the play on a throwing error to make it 5-0.
The Beavers got their two runs in the fourth when Eddie doubled to right with two outs.
Looking to again rally late, the Beavers lined into a pair of double-plays to end both threats.
The Norse then added an insurance run in the final inning for the game’s final score.
Jake Daniels turned in two of the team’s six hits in the contest.
Sophomore Ian Grigsby took the loss in his season debut, going five innings, allowing five runs on six hits, while striking out five and walking one.
Tyler Lefeber, Lucas Hadaway and Jake Bijorkgren kept BVU in the contest by combining to pitch the final four innings and allowing just the one run on six hits.
Buena Vista is now 7-7 overall (1-3 IIAC) and will return to action on Wednesday afternoon to play a pair of recently added non-conference home games against Gustavus Adolphus. First pitch of game one is slated for 2:00pm.
Check out photos of our student-athletes in action in the Beaver sports photo galleries.