INDIANOLA - Buena Vista broke a 2-2 tie with a pair of runs in the top of the eighth inning at Simpson College on Friday night, and that was more than enough for Gage Smart who came on in relief to retire all nine batters and send the Beavers to a 4-2 victory on McBride Field to begin American Rivers Conference play.
That's how things stood until the fifth as both starting pitchers were dealing the majority of the contest. Simpson used back-to-back two-out doubles to pull even at 2-2 in the home half.
BVU took advantage of a big Simpson error in the eighth inning. Tyler Tennyson has struck out with runners at second and third and one out, but the ball was in the dirt and the throw down to first base from the catcher sailed high allowing Tennyson to reach and Rheault scored. Roberts then placed a perfect bunt past the pitcher on the third base side which scored Renning and make it a two-run cushion for the Beavers.
Smart came on to start the seventh inning for BVU and was in complete shutdown mode. He retired all nine batters he faced, including five strikeouts, en route to his third win of the year out of the bullpen.
Renning extends his hit streak to 12 by going 2-for-4, including his fifth double of the year. Its his third straight multi-hit game and eighth in the last nine games. He also stole his team-leading seventh base of the year.
Roberts also had two hits in the contest while Rheault tripled and Ryley McGregor turned in his third double of the year.
Nick Henrichs got the start on the hill for the Beavers and was solid all night long. He pitched six innings, allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out six and walking only two.
Simpson (6-3, 0-1 A-R-C) has now dropped consecutive games for the first time this season following a 6-1 start to the year. Kolton Arnold led the Storm with a game-high three hits, including one of the RBI doubles in the fifth.
Buena Vista improves to 7-7 overall (1-0 A-R-C). The same two teams will square-off again on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader. First pitch of game one is set for 1:00 p.m.