STORM LAKE - Junior Bryce Rheault belted a three-run home run to help lift the Buena Vista baseball team to a 4-2 victory in the opener of Sunday's doubleheader while Ryley McGregor plated the go-ahead run in a 5-4 victory in game-two as the Beavers swept the Duhawks to win the series and even their American Rivers Conference record.
Loras took a 1-0 lead in the second inning of game one, and that's how things stood until Rheault stepped up and launched a 3-0 pitch over the fence to put BVU on top for the first time. It was his first home run of the year and the second of his career.
The Duhawks got one run back in the seventh on a sacrifice fly to make it 3-2, and then stranded runners at first and second when Gage Smart came out of the bullpen to record a strikeout for the final out of the inning. The Beavers bounced right back and pushed the margin back to a pair with Nick Henrich's RBI single in the bottom half.
Smart then closed things off by pitching the final two innings and picking up three more strikeouts to finish with four overall over his 2.1 innings.
Rheault and Henrichs each finished with two hits in the contest as BVU tallied seven overall. Egan Bonde got the start on the mound and was charged with both runs over 6.2 innings of work. He struck out a pair and walked only one
The Duhawks scored three times in the second inning of the finale to grab a 3-0 lead. BVU, however, had an answer in the bottom half with Rheault's 2-run single giving him five RBI on the day. Porter Sartor then gave the Beavers the lead in the fourth when he connected for his second home run of the week.
Loras scratched across an unearned run in the eighth inning to tie things at 4-4 before Ryley McGregor's RBI single in the bottom half scored pinch runner Easton Bahr from second. Casey Hendricks, who came on to record the final out of the eight, pitched a perfect ninth to earn his first victory of the year.
Rheault and Sartor each had two hits and a pair of RBI in the contest as BVU out-hit the Duhawks, 9-5.
The sweep gets BVU back to the .500 mark at 3-3 in conference play and 10-11 overall. The team looks to add to the win streak when it travels to Central College for a three-game series next Friday and Saturday. First pitch for Friday afternoon's single game is set for 3:00 p.m.