After suffering a 10-1 loss to Central College on Sunday night, the Buena Vista baseball team clawed and scratched its way back to earn a doubleheader sweep on Monday afternoon, including a dramatic 6-5 come-from-behind victory in the nightcap.
Jake Lewis gave the Beavers a complete-game gem in the opener, allowing just one run on nine hits while striking out two. He got some support right away in the first inning as Ethan McHenry drove in a run with a groundout for a 1-0 BVU lead.
Central got on the board in the fifth to make it a 2-1 contest, but the Beavers plated a pair of big insurance runs in the sixth on RBI from Harms and Hilgenberg. Hilgenberg drove home his third run of the game in the eighth for the game's final score.
Hilgenberg went 4-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored. Noah Paper went 4-for-4 with two runs scored.
Central jumped out to a 4-0 lead in game two with a run in the first, two more in the third and one in the fourth against Beaver starter Keenan Jones.
Peyton Renning came through in the clutch with some late-game heroics, but got the Beavers on the board in the fifth with an RBI double, scoring Porter Sartor. Harms delivered a sacrifice fly to make it 4-2 before Central got the run back in the eighth for a 5-2 cushion.
Paper singled home a run in the ninth inning to make it 5-3 before a two-run, game-tying triple by Renning. BVU nearly won it later in the inning, but Hilgenberg was thrown out at third base before Renning crossed home plate following a flyout to left.
Neither team scored in the 10th, and Central had the go-ahead run at second in the 11th with two outs but failed to score. Cale Ewald singled to start the home half and went to third on a single by Peyton, who finished just a home run shy of the cycle. After Hilgenberg was intentionally walked, Kendall Candor singled home the game-winning run for the Beavers to send the players racing out of the dugout in a frenzy.
Rennig was 4-for-5 with three RBI as Bryce Rheault doubled and finished with two hits and two runs scored. Sartor and Paper also added a pair of base knocks to help lift the team back into a first-place tie atop the IIAC standings with Wartburg and Dubuque.
Dalton Mason picked up the win in relief for BVU after allowing just one hit over three innings while striking out three.
Buena Vista is now 18-9 overall (9-3 IIAC) and travels to Wartburg for a three-game series starting Friday night at 6:00pm.