Kohawks Edge Beavers Twice to Complete Series Sweep on Saturday

Joe Rock
Joe Rock

CEDAR RAPIDS - The Buena Vista baseball team looked to sweep a doubleheader at No. 18 Coe College on Saturday afternoon and pick up its third straight conference series victory, but the Kohawks held off the Beavers with 7-6 and 2-1 victories, respectively, to complete the series sweep.

The Kohawks rallied back from a 6-5 deficit in the opener with a pair of runs in the eighth inning inning to take the opener and secure the series win.  BVU scored single runs in both the second and third innings with an RBI single from Tyler Stoltze and a wild pitch that scored Peyton Renning.

Coe came back and chalked up four runs in the fourth, using a pair of doubles that accounted for three of the runs as the Kohawks took a 4-2 lead.  The Beavers answered right back with four runs of their own in the sixth to regain the two-run advantage.  Tyler Tennyson started the rally with a two-run double before Stoltze drove in his second run of the game with an infield hit to shortstop.  Nick Henrichs' sac fly capped the scoring.

The Kohawks rallied with a pair of hits and runs against reliever Gage Smart in the eighth inning to regain the lead at 7-6, including the go-ahead run that scored when the Beavers couldn't quite turn what would have been an inning-ending double-play on a ground ball to third.

BVU got the tying run on with two outs in the ninth when Coleman Roberts singled but Joe Rock, who had three hits in the game, grounded out for the final out and end and any further threat.

Stoltze finished 4-for-4 with a pair of RBI and a run scored while Rock doubled twice and finished 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  BVU held a slim 14-11 edge in total hits and tallied four doubles.  Egan Bonde got the start and was charged with four runs on five hits over four innings while also striking out four.  Eric LaRue came on and pitched the next 2.2 innings and allowed an uneared runs before Smart suffered his first loss of the year (4-1).

Coe (24-2, 14-1 A-R-C) scored single runs in the second and third innings of the finale to build a 2-0 lead, and that's how things would stand until BVU got on the board in the eighth.  Noah Paper doubled with two outs and then came around to score on back-to-back wild pitches.  Henrichs singled to begin the ninth but would be erased on a game-ending double play.

The Beavers had four guys with one hit in the game, including doubles from Paper and Bryce Rheault.  Tennyson pitched six innings and allowed just one earned run on six hits.  Devon Van Houten and Austin Scott combined to work a scoreless two innings, allowing just one hit and striking out three.

Buena Vista is now 12-15 on the year (5-7 A-R-C) and will look to bounce back on Tuesday, April 16, when the team heads to Lincoln, Neb., to play a single nine-inning game against Nebraska Wesleyan (6-17, 4-7 A-R-C).  First pitch is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.