Paletta's Two-Run, Walk-off Double in the 9th Extends Win Streak to Eight

Paletta's Two-Run, Walk-off Double in the 9th Extends Win Streak to Eight

Hamline University scored four times in the first inning and led 5-0 after four frames, but the Beavers slowly chipped away at the deficit and eventually scored four times in the bottom of the ninth inning, capped-off by senior Joe Paletta's two-run double, and edged the Pipers, 6-5.

Brandon Wessels put the Beavers on the board in the fifth with an RBI single that scored Ryan Titman.

Lucas Hadaway, who came on in relief to start the sixth, retired the Pipers in order, allowing BVU to get right back on the offense.  After senior Weston Foxx tripled off the left field fence to start the rally, Eric Gurbacki later drove him in with a sacrifice fly to make it 5-2.

Hadaway struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh and got a double-play in the eighth to keep the Beavers within three.

Ian Grigsby took over for Beatty to start the eighth and he also was effective in allowing just one walk and striking out one in his two innings.

Freshman Bryce Wessels got the scoring going when he came off the bench to pinch hit and registered a run-scoring double with one out.  Sophomore Neil Marshall then came through with a double of his own to score Wessels and get the Beavers within a run at 5-4.

After a Brandon Wessels single put runners at first and second with just one out, Paletta came through with the big two-run double to right to bring BVU all the way back for the 6-5 victory.

BVU had four players tally two hits in the contest as the team totaled 10 overall.  Titman, who was one of those four, also scored a team-high two runs.  Paletta's game-winner was his only hit of the game.

Jake Hadaway got the start for BVU and went three innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on three hits, while striking out four and walking three.  Cam Beatty came on in relief and pitched four innings, allowing just one run on one hit while striking out a career-high seven.

Grigsby earned the win in relief and is now 1-0 on the year with a pair of saves.

Buena Vista has now won eight straight games and improves its record to 10-1 overall.  The win streak is the longest for the team since running off eight straight to begin the Iowa Conference schedule back in 2010.  It's also the fourth-best start to a season in program history.

The Beavers will now conclude their non-conference schedule on Wednesday with a single nine-inning game against Lawrence University starting at 12:00pm.