Buena Vista holds on, beats Keystone
Dirkx pitches solid seven-plus innings in victory
APPLETON, Wis. -- Buena Vista scored for runs in the sixth and got a solid seven-plus innings out of Michael Dirkx to hang on and top Keystone on Saturday night by the final of 8-5.
Buena Vista opened a 4-1 lead early on with a pair of runs in each of the first two innings. Brad Blum doubled to the gap in right center to lead off the game, and he along with Brock Yossi, who reached on a fielding error by the shortstop, came around to score when senior Mike Hoffman laced a double down the first base line in the opening frame.
Keystone, who saw its 17-game overall win streak snapped, got a run back in the bottom of the frame with a one-out home run over the left field wall.
The Beavers then extended the margin to three in the second. Andy Compton lined a single to right and then advanced to third when Dylan Colo followed with a single of his own to center. Compton would then come into score on a passed ball as Colo moved up to second to make it 3-1. Colo then took off for third on a slow chopper to third which got passed the third baseman, allowing Colo to round third and score on a great slide around the catcher.
Keystone rallied in the bottom of the fourth. After BVU retired the first two hitters in the inning, the Giants then recorded four straight singles and scored three times.
Buena Vista regains the lead in the sixth by scoring four runs and taking an 8-4 lead. Kloewer singled to shallow right center field to start the inning. Following a Giants error and a walk to load the bases, Colo then drove in the first run with a bloop single that landed just inside the right field line, scoring Kloewer from third. Then after Case struck out for the second out, Blum layed down a perfect bunt between the pitcher and third base to score Paletta. Yossi then drew a walk to score the third run before Colo scored on a wild pitch, giving the Beavers the four-run margin.
Keystone threatend in the bottom of the inning getting runners to first and third with two outs, but Dirkx got a ground out to Ryan Scheetz at first to end the frame.
The first two hitters reached for the Giants in the bottom of the eigth and after Tyler Lefeber came on in relief for Dirkx, Keystone then plated an unearned run before Lefeber got a pair of strikeouts. Colo then made the defensive play of the game. On a slow roller that went through the legs of Scheetz at first, Colo came in from behind, scooped up the ball and flipped to Lefeber covering first just a head of the runner to end the inning.
Lefeber then stayed out to pitch the ninth and worked around a lead-off single to pick up his second save of the year.
Colo, who was one of four Beavers to record two hits on the night, finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Blum and Kloewer each posted two hits and a run scored, while Hoffman finished with a hit and two RBI.
Dirkx was charged with five runs (three earned) while scattering 11 hits and striking out four en route to his fifth win of the year. Lefeber then worked the final two innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three.
Buena Vista improves to 34-16 overall and will now face top-ranked Marietta College on Sunday night at 7:00pm.