Buena Vista rallied back from a 9-2 deficit against Carthage College (Wis.) by scoring six runs in the seventh and one more in the ninth to force extra innings, but the Red Men squeaked out a run in the top of the 10th to top the Beavers on Sunday afternoon, 10-9.
Senior Neil Eddie (Owatonna, Minn./Owatonna), who came on as a pinch hitter in the ninth, came through in the clutch by delivering a two-out RBI single to left, tying the game at 9-9, but BVU left the winning run stranded at second.
A lead-off walk, followed by an infield bunt single, led to the go-ahead score for Carthage in the 10th on a fielder’s choice with one out.
BVU was unable to rally for the second straight inning, with three flyouts in the bottom half to end the game.
It was all Red Men (4-5) in the early going, as they came out with three runs in the top of the first inning before adding two more in the third and four more in the sixth.
Senior Brennan Holm (Fairmont, Minn./South Central) helped the Beavers spark a comeback, by coming on in relief and holding Carthage scoreless for nearly four innings before surrendering the go-ahead run in the 10th. He pitched the final 4.1 innings, allowing just four hits, striking out six and walking only two.
Junior Weston Foxx (Elkhorn, Neb./Elkhorn), who had the game-winning hit yesterday, picked up where he left off, as he led off the bottom of the first with a triple, and later scored on an RBI ground out by senior Ryan Scheetz (Omaha, Neb./Millard North). Junior Joe Paletta (Omaha, Neb./Millard South) also scored a run in the inning on a balk, after walking and stealing second before advancing to third on the Scheetz ground out.
After falling behind by seven runs midway through, the Beavers loaded the bases with no outs in the seventh before scoring two runs on a throwing error to make it 9-4. A second throwing error by the Red Men in the frame scored two more runs, making it a 9-6 contest. Sophomore Jesse Munsterman (St. Peter, Minn./St. Peter) came through with a key two-run triple with one out to right center, pulling the Beavers as close as 9-8. He was then stranded there as Carthage got a big strikeout for the second out and a ground out to end the frame.
Holm, who relieved starter Scott Harris (Grimes, Iowa/Dallas Center-Grimes) with one out in the sixth, allowed only a pair of singles over the course of the next three innings to give the Beavers a chance to rally again late. Paletta led off the ninth with an infield single to shortstop, but was then thrown out trying to steal second. Scheetz followed with a walk, and after Carthage got a strikeout, Munsterman was hit by a pitch to put Scheetz in scoring position with two outs. Eddie then came on to pinch hit and came through with his fourth RBI of the year to even things up at 9-9.
Freshman Brandon Wessels (Palmer, Iowa/Manson NW Webster) went 3-for-5 at the dish with an RBI and a run scored to help lead the Beavers offensively, while Munsterman added a pair of hits and the two RBI.
The two teams combined for 19 runs on 29 hits in the contest.
Foxx, Paletta and Scheetz all scored a pair of runs for the Beavers, who are averaging just over five runs per game to start the year.
Buena Vista is now 4-3 overall and will look to bounce back on Monday with an 11:00am CT contest against Hamline University (10-3).
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