Crete, Neb. - The Buena Vista baseball team scored 19 runs in two games on Sunday afternoon to earn a doubleheader sweep at Doane College and run its winning streak to three straight.
BVU wasted no time putting runs on the baord as it got a first inning two-out RBI single from sophomore Kevin Kloewer (Omaha, Neb.) who went 2-for-4 in the contest, before extending the lead to 5-0 in the third when junior Mark Blum (Earling) drove home three with his one-out bases clearing double.
The Tigers then began to chip away at the lead, scoring single runs in the third and fourth innings, respectively. The Beavers got one of those runs back in the top of the sixth when sophomore Brad Blum (Earling, Iowa/Harlan) singled home sophomore Tyler Case (Tuscon, Ariz.), who drew a lead-off walk.
Doane, however, used four singles, a walk, and a sacrifice fly to plate three runs in the bottom of the inning and get back to within, 6-5.
Senior Garrett Hill (Aurelia) then drove home a key insurance run for BVU in the seventh, recording a two-out RBI single, driving home sophomore Steve Johnston (Sioux City) who picked up a two-out double.
Sophomore Kyle Dupic (Emmetsburg) who entered in relief in the sixth inning, retired the Tigers in order in the seventh to preserve the two-run victory.
In the nightcap, the Beavers again jumped on the board first, exploding for nine runs in the second. Seven of the first eight hitters reached safely for the Beavers, including a big three-run triple from Brad Blum. Later in the inning, Michael Hoffman (Vail, Iowa/AR-WE-VA ) turned in a two-run double. Freshman Brock Yossi (Dallas Center, Iowa/Dallas Center-Grimes ) turned in his first career RBI in the inning, as BVU finished with seven hits in the frame.
The Tigers responded in their half of the inning, however, plating four runs on just one hit, while taking advantage of two walks and two hit-by-pitches.
BVU increased its lead to 11-4 with a pair of runs in the third. Then, after seeing Doane score a run in the bottom of the inning and two more in the fourth, BVU held the Tigers to just one run over the final three frames to pick up the win.
Hoffman finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and three RBI, while Brad Blum also tallied two hits and those three RBI. Pietrzyk scored three runs, as BVU has combined for 36 runs in four games to begin the season.
Buena Vista improves to 3-1 on the year and is scheduled to return to action on Saturday, March 14, to play its home opener in a doubleheader against Gustavus Adolphus. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.