The Buena Vista University baseball team is off to a perfect start in the Iowa Conference schedule, thanks to a sweep here Saturday afternoon of Dubuque University.
The Beavers improved to 8-8 overall and to 2-0 in IIAC play with a 7-1 win over Dubuque in game one and a 6-5 win in nine innings in game two.
In game one, Buena Vista's Ryan Brock, a sophomore out of Storm Lake High, went six innings to get the mound win. He gave up six hits, one earned run, two walks and struck out three.
Ryan Tibbets pitched the top of the seventh for the save.
Offensively, first baseman and third-place hitter Ryan Lickteig went 2 for 2 with two RBI and one walk. Designated hitter Matt Reichle went 1 for 3 with two runs batted in while rightfielder Matt Soenen, third baseman Derek Fink and second baseman Ryan Nuehring added one hit and one RBI each.
The Beavers took an early lead, scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning after a scoreless top of the first frame put up by Brock.
In the bottom of the first, the Beavers scored both runs with two out. Lickteig singled, then Soenen hit a run-scoring double and later scored on a double by Reichle.
Dubuque came back with single run in the top of the third to make it 2-1, but the Beavers answered with two runs in the bottom of the third for a 4-1 advantage.
In that frame, leadoff hitter Joe Poole opened the inning with a walk and advanced to second after shortstop Brian Ricken reached via catcher's interference. After Soenen walked to load the bases with no one out, Poole scored an unearned run when Reichle reached on an error. Ricken scored for the 4-1 lead when Fink reached on another Dubuque error.
The Beavers added three more runs for the final margin in the bottom of the fourth.
In that frame, BVU catcher Cory Kennedy opened with a one-out double. Nuehring then hit an RBI-single and after Ricken reached on an error, Lickteig lofted a double to the outfield, with both Nuehring and Ricken scoring.
Tibbets relieved Brock in the top of the seventh and though he allowed two baserunners, didn't allow a run.
Dubuque hurt itself with three unearned runs and four errors. It also collected four hits, including one each by four different players. Ricken scored two runs for Buena Vista.
Meanwhile, in game two, BVU's MIke Soenen went the first five and two-thirds innings on the mound, giving up four runs - just one was earned - on six hits and three bases on balls. He struck out three Dubuque batters.
BVU's Adam Rath pitched the last three and a third innings to get the mound win, allowing one hit and one earned run while walking one and striking out four.
Offensively for BVU, Lickteig was the offensive standout, getting two hits in three hits to the plate, including a three-run homer. He drove in three runs and scored twice, including the winning run.
BVU first baseman Adam Hardle had two hits and an RBI while Poole went 1 for 3 with an RBI and Soenen, batting cleanup, went one for five with 1 RBI.
After a scoreless first two innings, Dubuque scored twice in the top of the third on three hits and two errors. Dubuque also left two men on in that frame.
BVU struck back with three runs in the bottom of the third. After Poole and Ricken singled, Lickteig homered to make it 3-3.
Dubuque threatened again in the top of the fourth. Soenen hit a batter and walked two more, but didn't allow a hit and retired the third out with the bases loaded.
Soenen allowed back to back doubles for one Dubuque run in the top of the sixth inning, but Rath came in to get the inning's last out with Dubuque taking a 4-3 lead.
BVU failed to score in the bottom of the sixth while Rath retired Dubuque without damage in the top of the seventh.
The Beavers scored a single run in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings. Poole walked to lead off the inning and after advancing on a sacrifice, scored when the next two hitters reached on errors.
Dubuque went up again 5-4 in the top of the eighth, but had a runner thrown out at the plate by Ricken and left a runner on.
BVU again tied it in the bottom of the eighth frame. Kennedy hit a one-out double, then Poole ran for Kennedy and advanced to third on a sacrifice fly. Poole scored to make it 5-5 on a passed ball.
Rath retired Dubuque in order in the top of the ninth, opening the door for the Beavers in bottom half.
They took advantage when Lickteig opened with a walk, then advanced to second on a ground-out. With two outs, Hardle singled home the gamewinner.
BVU committed three errors in the second game while Dubuque had two. In addition, BVU left ten men stranded while their Iowa Conference opponents left nine men aboard.
In other Iowa Conference games over the weekend, Wartburg split its openers with Loras, losing game one 5-2 and winning game two, 4-1. Coe split with Central College, winning the first game 22-3 and losing the second 13-12 in eight innings.
In other action, Simpson swept a doubleheader from Coe, winning 8-5 and 16-6.