The Buena Vista baseball team was back out on the diamond for two more games on Saturday, and after splitting a pair of games to begin their trip on Friday, the team wrapped up the trip with another split, opening with an 11-0 loss to North Central before closing with a narrow 9-7 win over UW-Platteville.
North Central broke the game opener with six runs in the top of the second inning before adding two in the fourth, one in the fifth and two more in the sixth. The team finished with five doubles in the contest and out-hit the Beavers 12-3.
Jon Ringblom (2-1) suffered his first loss of the year, going four innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits, while walking five and striking out four. Kelsen Ganeku threw the next two frames and was charged with two runs on three hits, while Jesse Munsterman came on and pitched three scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three.
The Beavers built an early 4-0 lead in the second inning of game two, getting an RBI single from senior Brock Yossi and an RBI double from Neil Eddie before closing the frame with a pair of RBI groundouts.
The Pioneers got on the board with a run in the third to make it 4-1 before junior Ryan Scheetz’s RBI ground out in the fifth gave BVU the run right back. The Beavers then plated three key insurance runs in the sixth on just one hit. Sophomore Weston Foxx drove in a run with a fielder’s choice, while BVU benefited from one UW-P error.
The Pioneers chipped away at the lead by scoring single runs in both the sixth and seventh innings before BVU got one run back on a Dillon Plath run-scoring single.
UW-P then made things interesting with four runs in the eighth on four hits, while leaving runners at second and third to end the inning.
Scheetz and Yossi each finished with two hits, as the Beavers tallied nine in the game. Plath drove in two, while six others drove in one.
Freshman Lucas Hadaway notched his first career win and improves to 1-1 overall, allowing only one run on four hits over five innings, while walking three and striking out a career-best eight.
Griffin Hatten and Cam Beatty then combined to work the next two innings before handing the duties over to senior James Stone, who worked the final two innings and allowed no runs on just two hits, while striking out four of the eight batters he faced. He picks up his first save of the year and extends his career-record total to 13.
Buena Vista is now 4-6 overall this season and is in action again on March 17 and 18 for a three-game weekend series at Nebraska Wesleyan. First pitch of Saturday’s doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00pm, as is Sunday’s nine-inning contest.
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