BV baseball team impressive in Arizona; returns home with 5-2 record

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Buena Vista's baseball team went 5-2 over its spring break trip at the Greater Phoenix Invitational down in Arizona. At one point, Buena Vista scored 16 runs in back-to-back games for only the fourth time in school history.

Five regular players hit over .400 on the week. Lance Eddie started all seven games while batting .414 with a team-high eight runs driven in. Ryan Dupic allowed only one earned run over the course of 17 innings on the mound.

Chris Dolezal drew a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Buena Vista University baseball team past the University of Chicago 1-0 on Friday.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Dolezal stepped to the plate looking to break the scoreless gridlock. He took a 3-2 pitch for a ball to bring in Adam Hardie from third for the only run of the game.

Ryan Dupic started on the mound for Buena Vista and threw nine shutout innings. Nick Viet came on in relief and tossed three scoreless innings to register the victory.

It was only the 14th time in school history that Buena Vista has won a game 1-0.

"Stellar pitching and solid defense carried us today," BV coach Steve Eddie said. "I was happy with how we maintained our composure in a tight game. I have to commend Ryan Dupic and Nick Viet who combined on the shutout, as we did not allow a walk or hit batsman in the game.

"Our entire pitching staff has done a very good job of making our opponents put the ball in play on this trip."

BV wrapped up its spring break trip on Saturday by taking on Eastern Connecticut. The Beavers fell 12-3.

Buena Vista committed four errors around the infield and allowed Eastern Connecticut to score in all but two innings. Michael Barta lasted five innings on the mound and gave up eight runs.

Adam Hardie, Ryan Dupic and Marc Goeders all had two hits for Buena Vista.

Buena Vista will host Bethany Lutheran College in the home opening doubleheader on Tuesday.

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