It was a rough day for the Buena Vista baseball team as it opened its 2018 campaign on the road down in St. Louis for a mid-day doubleheader against Washington University (Mo.). The Beavers fell behind early in game one and were defeated 10-0 in seven innings before the Bears rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the twinbill to hand BVU a 15-4 setback.
WashU chalked up three runs in the opening frame on four hits, and that's how things stood until the Bear put up seven runs on five hits in the fifth inning. They scored three times on wild pitches in that inning while stealing home for the final run.
BVU was held to just one hit in the contest, and that was a Devin Wagenman single with one out in the fourth.
Tate Holmes (0-1) got the start on the bump for the Beavers and suffered the loss. He was charged with seven runs over 4.1 innings while striking out three and walking three. Eric LaRue made his collegiate debut and worked the final 1.2 innings and was charged with the final three runs while walking three.
Things looked promising early in game two for the Beavers, as they jumped out to an early 4-1 lead. Each team plated a run in the first before BVU followed with three in the second. Ryley McGregor recorded his first collegiate RBI with a squeeze bunt to start the rally as Bryce Rheault followed with an RBI single. Rheault then stole second and third and scored Nick Henrichs RBI single up the middle.
The lead was shortlived, however, as the Bears came right back with five runs of their own in the bottom half. They broke the game open with eight runs in the fourth inning before adding the final two in the sixth. WashU (3-3) had just one extra-base hit in the contest, but took advantage of eight walks and four BVU errors.
Henrichs finished 2-for-4 at the plate for the Beavers with the two RBI and the team's first extra-base hit of the year, while Coleman Roberts had a pair of doubles in three at-bats.
Gage Smart (0-1) suffered the loss for BVU while going just three innings and being charged with nine runs (8 ER) and walking four.
Buena Vista (0-2) will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday as the two teams conclude the three-game series with a single-game starting at 12:00 p.m.