Buena Vista came from behind with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of the opener of Saturday's doubleheader against UW-Stevens Point to win 5-4, but the Beaver rally in the final inning of the nightcap came up just short, as the Pointers hung on to earn the split with a 4-3 triumph.
Trailing 4-1 in the seventh of game one, senior Jeanne Bramhall tied things up with one swing of the bat with her first home run of the season. BVU wasn't about to stop there as Kennedy Colvert doubled before moving up to third on a single by Taylor Frain. The Pointers elected to intentionally walk Carlee Guyett to load the bases, and the strategy worked as they got a force out at home for the second out. Frain, who moved up to third on the force out, came across to score the game-winner on a wild pitch to make it five straight wins to start the year for the Beavers.
Frain had two hits in the contest to help lead the way for BVU as Keely Bycroft and Colvert tallied a double apiece for their lone hits.
Moriah Guyett improved to 3-0 on the mound despite allowing the four runs (three earned). She struck out a season-high nine and walked just two as she throws her third straight complete-game to begin the year.
BVU came back in the nightcap and grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning with an RBI double from Kate Lesmeister followed by an RBI groundout from Frain. That's how things stood until the Pointers came through with four runs in the fifth inning to grab a 4-2 lead. BVU was one out away from getting out of the jam, but UW-Stevens Point got a three-run double with two outs.
The Beavers didn't go down without making some noise in the seventh inning, getting one run across to make it 4-3, but they would leave runners at second and third to end the contest.
Frain and Guyett also added doubles in the game, as three of the team's five hits were extra bases.
Keely Bycroft (1-1) got the start and suffered her first loss of the year. She worked five innings and allowed all four runs on nine hits while striking out two.
Buena Vista is now 5-1 on the year and will gear up for its Spring Break trip to Tucson, Ariz., where they will kick-off the week-long trip with games against Hood (3:30CST) and Macalester (5:30CST) on Thursday, March 15.