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College baseball: Stale hitting holds back West on baseball’s opening day

STORM LAKE, Iowa — Putting up a good effort in the top of the seventh inning at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Bluejays were unable to hold the Beavers in their final trip to the plate and fell, 7-6. The Bluejays dropped the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, 15-1.

BVU jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the bottom of the third frame in the day’s opener. The Beavers sealed the game in the top of the sixth, scoring their runs on 12 hits and no errors. Eric Jass, of Southwestern United, had a triple in the game with one run scored. Evan Koch also had a hit.

The Bluejays scored a half-dozen runs in the top of the seventh inning of the second game. Eric Jass had a two-run double in the seventh inning while Derek Buysee and Justin Jass each offered singles. The Beavers put six of seven Minnesota West players faced on base to start the top of the seventh inning. BVU had the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh to ensure the sweep.

Bluejays head coach T.D. Hostikka said hitting remains one of his biggest questions, but he was still proud of his team’s resolve, especially in the second contest.

“It was good to be outside and see blue skies and live pitching. They’re scholarship players and we’re a bunch of guys who just want to play baseball,” Hostikka said. “We gave them a run for their money. Our problem was our strikeouts.”

Game 1:

MW 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 1

BVU 0 0 7 0 0 8 — 15

Game 2:

MW 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 — 6

BVU 0 4 2 0 0 0 1 — 7