PELLA - The Buena Vista baseball team was six outs away from a doubleheader sweep on Saturday afternoon, but Central College rallied with five runs in the eighth inning to take its first lead of the weekend and held off the Beavers, 6-4. BVU secured the series win with a 7-2 triumph in the opener.
BVU scored a pair of runs in the second and one more in the third to build an early 3-0 lead. The Dutch cut into that margin with a run in the home half of the third, but BVU answered right back with a two-run double by Nick Henrichs in the fourth that made it 5-1. Joe Rock added an RBI single in the eighth inning to extend it to 6-1, and after the Dutch got a run in the bottom half, Bryce Rheault drove in the game's final run with an RBI single of his own in the ninth.
Henrichs finished 3-for-6 with a pair of doubles and three RBI to help pace the Beavers at the plate. Rheault also had three hits and the one RBI while Rock and Noah Paper each tallied two hits.
BVU broke a 1-1 tie with two runs in the seventh inning and led 3-1 heading to the eighth. From there, Central scored five times in the innning with only two of those runs earned. BVU did push one run across in the ninth as it tried to rally, but the Beavers left the tying run at the plate.
Each of the first five hitters in the BVU line-up recorded two hits with Rock also driving in two runs. Rheault scored two more runs and now has crossed home plate 30 times on the year.
Tyler Tennyson gets a tough no-decision after pitching the first 5.2 innings, scattering just five hits and allowing only one run and striking out four. Casey Hendricks suffered the loss after being charged with three runs in relief. Clayton Christian was charged with two runs without allowing a base hit after hitting the first two batters in the eighth.
Buena Vista is now 12-12 overall (5-4 A-R-C) and will go after its third straight series win when the team travels to Cedar Rapids next weekend for a three-game series against league-leading Coe College (20-2, 10-1 A-R-C). First pitch of Friday's single-game is set for 3:00 p.m.