Wartburg College scored a late run in the opener on Saturday to edge the Buena Vista baseball team, 3-2, before scoring six runs over the final two innings to edge the Beavers, 16-12, in the finale. The two games wrapped up the four-game weekend series between the two teams.
BVU scored the game's first two runs in the opener in the bottom of the first inning, getting an RBI double from Ryan Scheetz followed by an RBI single from Weston Foxx.
Wartburg rallied in the fourth getting a lead-off walk and a two-run homer one batter later before an RBI single in the fifth gave the Knights their first lead of the contest.
The Beavers threatened in the sixth, getting runners to second and third with just one out before Wartburg got back-to-back strikeouts to end the frame. They then had the tying run at second base in the seventh before a ground out to third ended the game.
Joe Paletta turned in two of BVU's eight hits in the contest. Scheetz's double was the team's only extra-base, as BVU out-hit Wartburg, 8-4.
Scott Harris suffered the loss, going 4.1 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out three and walking four.
BVU looked to bounce back and earn a split for the second straight day, but came out on the short end of a game that combined for 28 runs and 34 base hits.
The Knights, who scored in every inning except the first and the ninth, built a 10-5 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth, but BVU rallied with five runs of its own to even things back up at 10-10. Wartburg responded with three more in the seventh to push the lead to 13-10 and BVU was able to come up with two in the bottom half to make it 13-12, but the Knights would add three more in the eighth to hang on for the win.
Brandon Wessels and Jesse Munsterman each ended with four hits apiece. Paletta had three hits and three RBI, while Foxx doubled twice and drove in a run. BVU posted a season-high 21 hits in the contest, but left 13 runners on base.
A total of 11 pitchers were used in the contest.
Kendall Hazel suffered the loss for BVU, after coming on in relief and being charged with four runs (two earned) on four hits over 2.1 innings. Tyler Lefeber got the start and pitched 2.2 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on two hits.
Buena Vista is now 10-10 on the year and 2-6 in the Iowa Conference. The team looks to get back on track when it plays its first road contests in league play on Tuesday afternoon in a doubleheader at Coe College beginning at 1:00pm.
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