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BVU bats explode in first game of the season in Storm Lake

Thursday, April 24, 2008


Make no mistake, that's the sound of everything coming together.

For the first time this season, Buena Vista University baseball played a game yesterday that didn't involve a bus.

With the new high/school college fields still under construction, BVU borrowed St. Mary's field at Memorial Park Wednesday to take on Martin Luther in an afternoon-evening non-conference double-header.

BVU jumped all over the 9-7 Knights' freshman pitching in the opener, piling on 19 hits and three home runs for a 16-1 win. The Beavers claimed the nightcap 10-0. No stats were available at presstime.

Brandon Pietrzyk, the transfer and native of Portland, Oregon, got his first start for BV, throwing five sterling innings, and he clubbed his league-leading 11th home run against the Knights.

For BVU, which has had to play home games in Carroll all season, home cooking was a luxury to revel in.

"It was great to be able to play a game without having to travel," freshman pitcher Luke Probasco said. "It sounds like our home field may not be ready to play on at all this season, but we were out there today helping out with the fence and putting up a batting cage."

With two weeks left in the season, BVU will be looking to improve its fortunes by earning a three seed in the IIAC tourney. They would currently sit in a fourth seeding.

"Playing in Storm Lake helped. We had been getting hits, but not stringing them together like we needed to," Probasco said. "Today, everything just clicked."

BVU hosts St. Mary's Saturday at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field.

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