STORM LAKE - Sophomore Kevin Kloewer drilled a 3-run walk-off home run to lift the Buena Vista baseball team to a 7-4 triumph in game one of a doubleheader against visiting Gustavus Adolphus on Sunday afternoon, before the Beavers used a 6-run sixth inning to help spark a come-from-behind 11-8 win in the nightcap. The games were the home opener for BVU.
The Gusties went in front 1-0 of game one in the second inning before extending their lead to 3-0 after four innings. The Beavers then stormed right back in the fifth plating four runs to take their first lead of the game at 4-3. Brad Blum sparked the rally with a one-out solo home run before Brandon Pietrzyk, Michael Hoffman, and Steve Johnston each added an RBI.
A lead-off walk by the Gusties in the seventh eventually came around to score on a ground out to tie the score at four.
BVU however, used the home field advantage to its use in the bottom of the frame. Pietrzyk reach on a fielder's choice before Hoffman followed with a single to right, leading up to Kloewer's game-ending blast - his second long ball of the season.
Mark Blum, along with Hoffman and Kloewer, finished with two hits as Pietrzyk and Hoffman scored two runs each.
Freshman Ryan Wuebker got his second start of the season for BVU and went the first five innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on five hits. Sophomore Kyle Dupic came on to pitch the final two frames and picked up the win.
The drama carried over into the nightcap with the Beavers clawing back from a 6-1 deficit with 10 runs in the final two innings, including six in the sixth.
The first five guys reached base safely in the fifth inning for BVU, including a big bases loaded two-run double by Brad Blum down the right field line. Mike Stephenson also chalked up an RBI on a hit-by-pitch, as Mark Blum registered a sacrifice fly.
In the sixth, Kloewer got the inning started with his second double of the afternoon. After a single and another hit-by-pitch loaded the bases, the Gusties looked like they may escape any damage after getting back-to-back strikeouts.
The Beavers, however, proved that two-out rallies are out for the taking, as they got three straight bases-loaded walks and a big three-run double by Hoffman to storm in front 11-8.
Then, Chris Bireline, who came in to get the final two outs of the sixth, went back out to pitch a scoreless seventh to pick up his first career win.
Brad Blum finished 2-for-3 with three RBI, as Hoffman also notched a pair of hits, while also driving in three.
Buena Vista improves to 5-1 overall and will return to action again on Monday afternoon when the team entertains Martin Luther for a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.