STORM LAKE - Buena Vista scored four times over the final three innings while holding visiting Wartburg College scoreless in each of those frames, as the Beavers went on to win the opener of the three-game weekend series with a 7-4 victory over the Knights on Friday night.
BVU built a 3-0 lead after scoring three times in the third, including twice with two outs. Logan Mueller, making his first start during conference play, doubled home a run to make it 2-0 before Noah Paper pushed across a run with a single.
Wartburg got on the board with a run in the fourth before rallying to take its first lead at 4-3 with three runs in the sixth.
Coleman Roberts lined home a run to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Mueller singled with two outs in the seventh and later stole second. He then put BVU in front at 5-4 when he scored on Tyler Stoltze's RBI single.
Nick Henrichs and Porter Sartor then provided a pair of key two-out RBI singles in the eighth inning to give the Beavers some breathing room at 7-4. Gage Smart pitched the final two innings and struck out a pair as he secured his fourth save of the year.
Tyler Tennyson came on in relief of Egan Bonde and picks up the win to even his season record at 2-2. He worked 1.2 innings and allowed one hit and walked two. Bonde went the first 5.1 and was charged with four runs (three earned) on 10 hits.
Mueller finished with a career-high three hits after coming into the contest with only three hits overall in his career. Joe Rock doubled and was one of three players with two hits while also scoring twice.
The two teams combined for 26 total hits. The Knights (8-21, 5-11 A-R-C) had five players finish with two hits, including Parker Ridge who also drove in two of the team's four runs.
BVU improves to 13-16 overall (6-8 A-R-C) and has now won three straight and four of its last five home games. The same two teams will return to the diamond on Saturday afternoon for a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m. It will also be Alumni Day for the Beavers, and there will also be a pre-game ceremony taking place prior to game one to officially dedicate the three flag poles in honor of the late Terry Wessels, father of former Beavers Brandon and Bryce Wessels.