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Buena Vista wins wild slugfest

Thursday, April 3, 2003

The numbers were astronomical.

Thirty-one runs, 35 hits, 11 errors, six home runs, 3 hours and 40 minutes.

When the dust all settled - and it took an extra inning for it to happen - Buena Vista had posted a wild 16-15 victory over Morningside College in 10 innings on Monday in Storm Lake.

Mike Soenen's single scored Travis Wielenga with the game-winning run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Beavers the win, just their fourth in 13 games this season.

Brian Ricken began the scoring with a single. Wielenga then walked and Matt Reichle singled to load the bases.

Tom Murphy was then walked to force in Ricken with the tieing run. Soenen then singled to score Wielenga.

Buena Vista won the game despite commiting nine errors. Morningside only made two.

The Beavers had 21 hits in the game. Reichle went 5-for-7 and scored two runs. Dan Nuehring was 4-for-5 and scored three runs.

There were more hitting stars for the Beavers, of course. Cory Kennedy went 3-for-6 with two doubles and a home run. Soenen went 3-for-5, including a double, and drove in three runs. Ricken went 3-for-7, while Murphy was 2-for-5 and drove in four runs, including a two-run homer in the fourth inning.

Wielenga belted a three-run home run to highlight a four-run second inning for the Beavers.

Buena Vista scored six runs in the fifth inning on a two-run homer by Kennedy, a two-run double by Soenen and an RBI single by Reichle. Ricken had an RBI single in the eighth inning to tie the game at 14-14.

Mike Winklepleck went 4-for-5 and drove in four runs to lead Morningside. Andrew van Marle and Kyle Sherman each had two hits and two RBIs.

Sherman hit a two-run home run and Winklepleck and Dan Krohn added solo shots for the Mustangs.

Nathan Kleve was the winning pitcher in relief. He allowed two hits and one run in 2 1/3 innings.

Cody Tibbetts started the game and allowed six hits, seven runs, three earned runs, walked three and struck out two in five innings.

Chris Carlton allowed four earned runs and three hits in one inning of relief, while Jeremiah Knutzen gave up three earned runs and three hits in 1 2/3 innings in relief.

Buena Vista, now 4-9 overall, opens the Iowa Conference part of its schedule by playing at Wartburg College today in Waverly.

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