The Buena Vista baseball team got to experience first-hand the newly constructed U.S. Bank Stadium on Sunday night with a doubleheader against Bethel University, but the Beavers came on the short-end of the scoring in both games, falling 6-3 in the opener and 9-4 in the nightcap.
In the seven-inning opener, it was all Royals as they built a 6-0 lead before holding off BVU in the end to claim the three-run victory. BVU fell behind 1-0 in the opening frame before Bethel added a second run in the third and two more in both the fourth and sixth.
BVU, which was held to only five singles in the game, got on the board with three runs in its half of the sixth. Kolby Hilgenberg got things going with a sacrifice fly before Cam Johnson later followed with a two-run single back up the middle, but it was too-little-too-late.
The Beavers held a 4-0 lead in the nightcap before Bethel clawed back with nine unanswered runs over the final three innings to complete the sweep.
Kendall Candor drove in a run with an RBI groundout as Noah Paper followed later on with a sacrifice fly to give BVU a 2-0 lead in the first. Candor drove in his second run with a flyout to center in the second to make it a 3-0 lead.
The Royals cut into the lead with a run in the third, but the Beavers got it right back in the fourth. Bryce Rheault led off with a triple before Devon Harms quickly drove him in with a single to left.
From there, it was nearly all Bethel. The Royals (4-1) put up three runs in both the fifth and seventh innings to take their first lead at 7-4. They added to that cushion with two more runs in the eighth.
Rheault's triple was the team's lone extra-base knock on the day, and he was one of four players to tally two hits in the game. He also scored twice. Hilgenberg was one of those four to register two hits and is now 10-for-20 on the year.
Keenan Jones (1-1) got the start and suffered the loss. He went 4.1 innings, and was charged with four runs on four hits. He walked five and struck out only two. Gage Smart and Jayden Clark combined to pitch the final 3.2 innings and allowed five runs on six hits.
Buena Vista dips to 3-2 on the year and will look to bounce back on Monday evening when it faces Hamline University in a doubleheader also inside of U.S. Bank Stadium. First pitch of game one is scheduled for 4:30pm.