TUCSON, Ariz. - Macalester College scored four runs in the seventh inning to regain the lead ,and that proved to be the difference in the end, as the Buena Vista baseball team fell to the Scots for a second straight day with a 7-5 setback on Monday afternoon at the Kino Sports Complex.
Macalester led 2-0 early on before the Beavers got on the board in the fourth on a Coleman Roberts RBI groundout. Sophomore Tyler Stoltze gave BVU its first lead in the sixth when he laced a double into the gap, scoring Joe Rock and Peyton Renning.
The Scots threatened in the sixth getting runners to first and second with one out, and on the first pitch that Tate Holmes threw after taking over for starter Casey Hendricks, he got a great defensive play from Logan Mueller at third base who snagged a hard hit line drive and fired over to second to double off the inning and keep the BVU lead in tact.
Macalester then got to Holmes in the seventh, scoring four times in the frame on six hits, and taking a 7-3 lead.
The Beavers put together a rally in the ninth, getting a two-run single to left that scored Nick Henrichs and Bryce Rheault, and pulled the team within 7-5. With the tying run at the plate, the Scots then got a fly out to right to end it. The loss was the team's third straight, and all three have been by two runs or less.
Renning had two more hits and finished 2-for-5 with two RBI, a run scored, and also stole a pair of bases. Rheault also had two hits and stole two bases.
Hendricks was stellar in his first start this season and the third of his career by going a career-best 5.1 innings, allowing just two runs and three hits. He walked only one and struck out a career-high seven.
Buena Vista dips to 5-7 overall and will close out play on the spring trip with a nine-inning game against St. John's on Tuesday starting at 11:00 a.m. CDT.