Bats Remain Hot as BVU Splits Final Two Games against Pioneers

Bats Remain Hot as BVU Splits Final Two Games against Pioneers

TOPEKA, Kan. - After pounding out 32 hits during Saturday's doubleheader, the Buena Vista baseball team chalked up 28 more on Sunday, but the Beavers again had to settle for a split as they took game one, 11-1, before Grinnell came back with a 14-10 victory in the nightcap.

Tyler Tennyson was given more than enough offense in the opener as he made his second career start on the mound and was in cruise control from the start.  He allowed just one run on two hits while striking out six en route to his first career victory and first career complete-game.  His only run surrendered was a two-out RBI double in the final inning.

Tennyson not only used his arm, but his bat chipped in with a 3-for-4 performance including a pair of RBI and two runs scored.  Nick Henrichs continued his torrid weekend by blasting a two-run home run in the first inning and finished with two hits and three RBI.  Coleman Roberts also had two hits and scored twice while Noah Paper had a season-high three hits and two RBI.

Henrichs put the Beavers in front 2-0 in the first before they added a run in the second to make it a three-run cushion.  Two more runs in the third opened up a five-run lead before BVU put the game away with a six-run fourth.  The team outhit Grinnell in the contest, 14-2.

The Beavers again jumped out to an early lead in game two, scoring two in the first and another in the third to take a 3-1 lead.  That's how things stood until the Pioneers erupted for eight runs in the fifth to take their first lead of the day at 9-3.  BVU cut that deficit down to a pair at 9-7 with four runs in the home half, but Grinnell answered back with five more in the seventh.  A five-spot in the bottom half made things interesting, but it was a bit to late for the Beavers as they came up four runs short.

Tennyson doubled twice and posted two RBI while Renning added four hits, including one double and also scored three times.  Bryce Rheault had three hits from the leadoff spot to go along with two RBI and a pair of runs scored.  The Beavers again outhit the Pioneers, 14-7.

Control was a bit of a factor out on the mound for BVU in the contest as the six different hurlers combined to walk eight batters and hit four more.  Clayton Christian was the third pitcher used in the game and was charged with the loss in his first appearance of the year.  

Buena Vista sits at 2-4 overall and will head down to Tucson, Ariz., beginning this next week where it will play six games over a five-day span.  The first of those comes against Bethany Lutheran on Thursday, March 14 at 12:00 p.m. CST.  Both live stats and live video will be available for that contest with links to be posted here at bvuathletics.com.