STORM LAKE - The Buena Vista University baseball team kept pace in the American Rivers Conference standings on Tuesday night by picking up yet another series win after sweeping a doubleheader from visiting Nebraska Wesleyan by scores of 8-1 and 9-4.
The Prairie Wolves had five hits over the first two innings and scored the game's first run by pushing one across in the first. That lead would be short-lived, as the Beavers scored a run in the second, three in the third and four in the fourth.
Tyler Tennyson was dealing on the mound and improved to 3-2 overall. He pitched eight innings, scattered eight hits and struck out six. Sophomore Ryley McGregor turned in a career-high four RBI on a 3-for-4 effort including one double. Coleman Roberts also doubled and had three hits while Nick Henrichs doubled and scored three times.
BVU kept the parade going in game two, posting 11 more, and has now generated 68 hits over its last five games. A three-run homerun by junior Bryce Rheault in the second inning capped a four-run frame for the Beavers that put them in front 5-0. A solo shot by the Prairie Wolves in the fourth inning got them on the board, but BVU came right back and got a sacrifice fly from Joe Rock before Rheault scored on a wild pitch later in the inning.
Both teams scored once in the seventh before NWU got a pair of runs in the ninth but the rally proved to be too late.
Renning and Tennyson each doubled in the game for BVU with Tennyson finishing 2-for-3. Rheault also had two hits, drove in three and scored three more times. Noah Paper, who was forced to sit out the opener, came back and had two hits and scored twice in this contest.
Tate Holmes went a season-high 6.2 innings, allowing seven hits and only two runs while striking out six and walking four. Devon Van Houten came on in relief with two outs in the seventh and threw three strikes to end the frame. He went on to pitch 1.1 innings overall and striking out three. Clayton Christian came on to pitch the ninth and was charged with a pair of runs while walking two and striking out two.
Buena Vista improves to 17-16 overall and has now won five straight games overall and seven straight on its home turf. The sweep of Nebraska Wesleyan pushes the team's conference mark to 10-8 and has it tied with the University of Dubuque for third in the league standings, just two games back of second-place Luther. BVU travels to Decorah, Iowa, to face the Norse in a three-game weekend series beginning this Friday, April 26, at 3:00 p.m.