The Buena Vista University baseball team wrapped up the regular season with three games at Loras College over the weekend. The Duhawks won the first two games and the Beavers avoided a sweep by winning the last game.
With the win, BVU improved to 17-14 on the year and 11-11 in the Iowa Conference. Loras dropped to 21-15 overall and 13-10 in the IIAC.
Most impressively, BVU assured itself of a winning record for the first seaon since 2002.
Friday night, Loras rallied for five runs in the fourth inning on its way to a 10-4 win. The Duhawks collected 15 hits and drew seven walks.
Christian Dekker suffered the loss by allowing seven runs over 3 2/3 innings. Third baseman Mark Blum had two hits and drove in two runs for the Beavers.
In Game 1 Saturday, Loras scored three runs in the fifth inning to win 3-2. Outside of their big inning, the Duhawks were limited to only four hits.
Michael Barta, who threw a compete game and struck out four batters, was tagged with the loss. Jeff Weisenborn and Dustin Schulz each had two hits for the Beavers, who had nine hits in the game, all of which were singles.
Buena Vista took advantage of two Loras errors in the sixth inning of Game 2 Saturday afternoon to win 6-2.
Trailing 1-0 in that stanza, Beavers rightfielder Weisenborn scored the tying run after an Alex Fokken single to right center moved him to third base and the second error in the inning by Loras' second basemen (on a ball hit by Schulz) allowed him to reach home.
The Beavers went ahead 2-1 after Fokken advanced to third on a passed ball and a Ryan Dupic single through the left side knocked him in.
After another Loras pitching change, the Beavers scored four more runs, with two RBI from Blum.
Loras scored the game's final run in the bottom of six on a Nathan Roling single.
Justin List threw five innings of three-hit, one-run ball for the victors. He improved to 4-1. Nick Viet hurled two innings in relief, giving up three hits, one earned run and fanning three batters. Fokken had two hits for the Beavers, who won despite getting out-hit 6-4.
Buena Vista finished the conference regular season in fifth place. The Beavers will begin play at the Iowa Conference Tournament in Cedar Rapids Thursday at 1 p.m. at Daniels Park against fourth-seeded Central College (12-10 IIAC).
All other games in the tourney-which starts Thursday and ends Saturday-will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids.
If Buena Vista wins its first game, it will play again at 7 p.m. on Thursday against top-seeded Wartburg (18-5). If the Beavers lose their first game, they will play again at 10 a.m. on Friday against either Loras, Luther or Simpson.
Buena Vista is returning to the conference tournament after a one-year absence.