College baseball: Bluejays win a pair from Buena Vista JV
WORTHINGTON -- Caleb Andreaus slugged a grand slam home run in the first game, and Worthington High School grad Tucker Sorenson pitched five innings in the second game as the Minnesota West baseball team defeated Buena Vista JV twice on Wednesday, 15-5 in five innings and 5-3 in seven.
The game, originally set to play at Buena Vista University, was moved to Worthington. And the Bluejays looked solid throughout.
"That's four in a row. We're now 10 and 14, and we're playing better baseball," said West head coach TD Hostikka. "The last four games, our approach at the plate has been good -- much better than it had been."
Besides pitching well in the nightcap, where he allowed just four hits and two runs while striking out nine, Sorenson was 3-for-3 in the first game with a double and five RBIs. Andreaus went 2-for-3 at the plate and hit his grand slam homer in the bottom of the fifth, where West scored six times to put the game away. Teammate Johnnie Mieses was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles.
Joel Barker went the distance on the mound in the first game for Minnesota West, allowing only one earned run. He walked two and struck out four on a five-hitter.
The second game was much closer. The Bluejays clung to a 4-3 lead before scoring an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth when Andreaus, a right-handed hitter, with two out, took a pitch on the high inside part of the plate for an RBI single to right-center field. The Jays' Ryan Lattner, who pitched the final two innings to earn the save, stranded Buena Vista runners on first and second base to end the game.
Andreaus and Mieses both had two hits in the second game. Andreaus had two RBIs and Mieses scored twice and had an RBI.
Buena Vista JV 210 02 -- 5 5 3
Minnesota West 124 36 -- 15 10 3
Buena Vista JV 100 011 0 -- 3 7 3
Minnesota West 001 301 x -- 5 7 0