The Buena Vista University baseball team split a pair of games here Sunday with Nebraska Wesleyan, winning game one 11-7 but dropping game two 9-8.
In game one, the Beavers were boosted by a six-run second inning. They added two in the top of the third, two in the fourth and one more in the fifth.
Nebraska Wesleyan tallied one run in the second and rallied for three in the fifth and three in the sixth before falling four runs short.
The Beavers' 13-hit attack was led by leadoff hitter Joe Poole, who went three for four with two runs batted in. Shortstop Brian Ricken was two for four with one RBI while second baseman Mike Soenen was two for three with one RBI.
Also, third baseman Derek Fink was two for three with a run batted in. BVU first baseman Ben Lickteig added a two-run single while leftfielder Mike Koenecke added a two-run single as well.
Beaver righthander Nick Ginapp went the first five innings to pick up the mound win. He gave up four earned runs on nine hits while walking two and striking out one.
Helping preserve the win for BVU was Michael Barta and Dan Reis. Each threw one inning of relief.
Nebraska Wesleyan banged out 12 hits against BVU pitching. The Beavers played errorless baseball while Wesleyan committed one error.
In game two, Nebraska Wesleyan vaulted to an early lead, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first and adding one in the second and three in the third.
BVU countered with two in the top of the second, four in the third and two more in the four and led 8-6 going into the bottom of the fourth.
Wesleyan did not score in that frame, but its three runs in the bottom of the sixth proved to be the gamewinners.
The Beavers were held scoreless in the top of the sixth and seventh innings.
BVU's Zach Habben got the mound start but went just two innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits. Adam Rath took the loss, going the last four frames while giving up four hits and three runs, just one of which was earned.
Lickteig had two hits for BVU and one RBI. Fink added two hits in four trips to the plate.
BVU finished with eight runs on eight hits and four errors. Wesleyan scored its nine runs on 12 hits but committed seven errors.
On Saturday, the Buena Vista University baseball squad split with Nebraska Wesleyan. The two teams exchanged 10-2 victories with the Prairie Wolves taking game one and the Beavers taking game two.
Nebraska Wesleyan erupted for 10 runs combined in the fifth and sixth innings in game one after being held scoreless through four innings. Mike Soenen took the loss on the mound after giving up five runs, two of which were earned, over five innings. Ben Lickteig and Matt Reichle had two hits for Buena Vista, who scored two first inning runs.
Buena Vista pounded out 14 hits and 10 runs in game two to take a 10-2 victory. Dan Christiansen gave up two unearned runs and struck out five while picking up the win. The Beavers broke a 1-1 tie in the fourth by scoring five runs courtesy of four hits and two Nebraska Wesleyan errors. Joe Poole and Alex Fokken each had three hits for BVU.