The Buena Vista baseball team fell behind 3-0 after one-half inning, but with the offensive surge the team has been on of late, that proved to be nothing to worry about, as the Beavers responded with 20 unanswered runs to cruise to a 20-3 (7 inn.) victory over Lawrence University on Wednesday afternoon.
The Vikings got an RBI double, scored on an error and drew a bases load walk in the opening frame to take the early lead.
Senior Joe Paletta got the Beavers on the board in the bottom half of the inning with a two-run home run to right before Tanner Truesdell followed with a solo shot as BVU went back-to-back for the first time this season. A two-out double from senior Jeremy Lambert followed by an RBI single from Bryce Wessels put BVU in front, 4-3, after one inning.
Sophomore Neil Marshall drilled his first career home run and the third of the game for the Beavers to make it 5-3 in the second. Brandon Wessels tripled and scored on an errant throw to make it 6-3 before Paletta doubled and later scored on a sacrifice fly for a 7-3 lead.
Marshall, Brandon Wessels and Paletta all add RBI's in the third for a 10-3 lead.
BVU would add another run in the fourth before chalking up nine more in the sixth for a 20-3 score. The game ended after the Vikings left the bases loaded in the seventh due to the 10-run rule.
Truesdell went 4-for-4 at the plate with a double, triple and two home runs. He added four RBI and and scored twice. Paletta went 3-for-4 with a double and home run and also tallied four RBI while scoring three times. Marshall chimed in with three hits, including a double and home run and was the third player to drive in four. Foxx doubled for one of his two hits and also drove in three.
As a team, the Beavers had all nine of its starting position players finish with at least one hit, while chalking up 21 total for the game.
Tyson Valentine came on with one out in the fourth and picked up his first win of the year. He went on to pitch 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three. Justin Lange pitched the seventh for BVU and allowed one hit while striking out three and walking one. Kendall Hazel got the start and worked the first 3.1 innings and was charged with three runs on three hits. He struck out three and walked six.
The 20 runs scored mark the highest total for the Beavers since defeating the University of Dubuque, 21-6, back in 2010. It's also the 10th highest single-game total in school history.
Buena Vista wraps up its non-conference schedule at 11-1 and has now won nine straight overall.
The Beavers now have an off day on Thursday before beginning Iowa Conference play still in Tucson, Ariz., against Luther College. The four-game series begins with Friday's doubleheader starting at 2:00pm CT.