STORM LAKE - After having their season-opening three-game series postponed down in Topeka, Kan., the Buena Vista and Hamline baseball teams will meet on Tuesday afternoon out at the BVU/SL High School baseball field for the Beavers home opener.
The Pipers (6-7) will be playing their first true road games of the season while BVU will be playing its first true home contests of the year. Both teams traveled down to Tucson, Ariz., for spring trips and split a doubleheader against each other on March 16.
Who: Hamline (6-7) at Buena Vista (7-9)
When: Tuesday, March 26
Where: Storm Lake, Iowa * BVU/SL High School Field
Inside the Series:
The two teams will be playing each other for the 18th and 19th times on Tuesday. Prior to the doubleheader down in Tucson, Ariz., last week, the two teams last faced each other early in the 2017 season when the Pipers swept a doubleheader inside of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Hamline leads the all-time series, 10-7. Tuesday will mark the first games played against each other in Storm Lake.
About Buena Vista:
The Beavers look to regroup after being swept on the road Saturday afternoon to drop their conference-opening series at Simpson College over the weekend. Seven of the team's nine losses on the year have now come by three runs or fewer. BVU is right in the middle of the American Rivers Conference, hitting .299 as a team, despite posting a conference-high 170 hits. It's second in doubles and tops with 11 triples. Peyton Renning has been red hot to start the year, ranking third in the league with a .439 average, including a conference-best 29 base hits. Bryce Rheault is right behind at .377 while scoring a conference-high 24 runs and stealing 10 bases. Gage Smart has yet to allow a run over 16.2 innings of work this season and is 3-0 with one save and 21 strikeouts. Casey Hendricks has pitched 11.0 innings and has a 3.27 ERA with 14 strikeouts and just three walks. Egan Bonde and Tyler Tennyson each have two wins while Bryce Rheault has the team's other save.
The Pipers wrapped up their spring trip down in Tucson with wins in two of their final three contests to move within a game of the .500 mark. In eight of their last nine outings, the team has scored at least six runs, including a season-high 18 during a loss to Allegheny. HU is coming off a 17-20 campaign from a season ago in which it finished 9-11 during MIAC play. The team spent the majority of the season away from its home field, playing only four times at CHS Field. Logan Tollefson has been a tough out to this point, hitting .444 overall and reaching base a total of 20 times over the course of 35 total plate appearances. He's also slugging a team-high .481 on the year. Cullen Buck has a team-high 21 hits despite just two for extra-bases and is second with 10 RBI. Devin Rodgers is right behind with 17 hits to go along with his team-high 13 RBI. As a team, the Pipers are hitting .306 with 14 doubles. On the mound, Hamline has used 12 different to this point with all but three of them making at least three appearances. The staff ERA is over 6.70. Jake Dujmovic is 1-0 with one save and a 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings of work. Jimmy Skroch has tossed a team-high 21.0 innings and is 2-0 overall.
The Pipers will open both their home and MIAC schedules on Saturday when they host St. Olaf in a doubleheader. The Beavers will remain on the home turf this weekend for a three-game American Rivers Conference series against Loras College. Friday evening's single nine-inning contest is set for 6:00 p.m.