TUCSON, Ariz. – After falling behind 8-0 after two innings, the Wesleyan University baseball team showed a great deal of resiliency with a seven-run effort in the fourth on Thursday to pull with one against Buena Vista in Tucson, Ariz., but the Beavers scored seven of the final 10 runs to claim a 15-10 victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Buena Vista (1-5) could not have scripted a better start, as it posted seven runs in the first inning. Sophomore Bryce Rheault scored the game's first run, crossing home plate from third on a sacrifice fly to right by senior Devin Wagenman. With one out in the frame, freshman Coleman Roberts chipped in with an RBI single to center, plating junior Peyton Renning.
- The Beavers then scored five more runs with two outs in the frame. Freshman Tyler Stoltze and senior Ryan Steim posted RBI walks with the bases loaded, and then Rheault belted a two-run single and Renning recorded a one-run single. Buena Vista took an 8-0 lead out of the second on an unearned run by sophomore Tyler Tennyson, who posted a two-out triple and advanced home on a throwing error by the center fielder.
- In the fourth, Wesleyan's lineup settled in, and senior Matt Jeye put the Cardinals on the board, scoring off a single by sophomore Chase Pratt. With the bases juiced and one out, sophomore Kevin Walk earned an RBI walk, and then sophomore Alex Cappitelli was hit by a pitch, allowing sophomore Tanner Fulkerson to score, as Wesleyan cut the lead to 8-3.
- Sophomore Jonny Corning drove a sacrifice fly to center, allowing senior AJ Ferrara to tag up and score. Junior Ryan Earle kept the rally going with two down, nailing an RBI double down the right-field line, and Jeye pulled Wesleyan within one at 8-7 on a two-run single.
- Buena Vista responded with a two-run push in the top of the fifth thanks to a sacrifice fly by Stoltze and an RBI double to right-center by Rheault. Wesleyan was up to the challenge, as it countered with a two-run effort of its own in the bottom of the frame. Ferrara posted an RBI in the frame, and excelled on the base path, scoring on a wild pitch with two down, which cut the deficit to 10-9.
- The Beavers' bats did not quiet down, as Wagenman led off the sixth with a walk, and proceeded to score on a triple to center by Roberts. Roberts crossed home on a sacrifice fly by junior Porter Sartor. With one down in the frame, Stoltze snuck a hit up the middle, plating freshman Nick Henrichs, as the lead ballooned up to 13-9.
- In the seventh, Walek pulled the Cardinals to within three on an RBI double, but the Beavers put an exclamation point on the game with a two-run ninth.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Junior Andrew Bower earned the win in relief for Buena Vista, working three innings from the sixth to eighth, as he allowed one run on three hits, and struck out two.
- For the Beavers, Rheault (5-for-6, two doubles, three RBIs, two runs scored) and Tennyson (4-for-5, triple, three runs) led the charge.
- Pratt (2-for-5, double, two runs, RBI), Jeye (2-for-4, two RBIs, run) and Fulkerson (2-for-5, run) all recorded multi-hit games for Wesleyan, as the squad saw nine different players record at least one hit.
- Buena Vista finished with 18 hits, and Wesleyan countered with 12, while the Beavers left nine runners on base and the Cardinals stranded seven.
- The Cardinals will be back in action on Saturday against Hamline, with first pitch set for 12:30 p.m. in Tucson, Ariz., and 3:30 p.m. on the East Coast.