The Buena Vista softball team closed out its Spring Break trip to the Tucson Invitational by winning a pair of games on the final day, including a no-hitter from freshman Morgan Darrow, Storm Lake. BVU topped St. Joseph's College in the opener, 8-0 (6 innings) before topping Kalamazoo College, 11-3 (6 innings) in game two.
BVU broke open a 3-0 game in the sixth inning of game one by scoring five runs in the inning. The big hit of the frame was a two-run single off the bat of Erica Post - her second and third RBI of the season. Brandi Sykora and Brynn Larson also added RBI singles in the inning, sending BVU to its fifth win of the year.
Nine players finished with at least one hit for the Beavers, who scattered 10 hits overall. Larson led the way with a pair of base knocks as Jessica Casey scored two runs. Allysa Stephens and Monica Tucker each doubled for BVU, while Casey, Amy Hasbrouck, and Amanda Mordhorst stole one base apiece.
Darrow, who pitched Storm Lake High School into its first state tournament since 1988 as a senior, threw her first career no-hitter for the Beavers, throwing six innings and striking out eight, while walking only two.
After falling behind 3-1 in the second inning of game two, Buena Vista stormed back with five runs in its half of the second. Stephens drove home the first run with her RBI single as Casey then reached on a fielder's choice, driving home a run. Hasbrouck recorded her first triple of the season, driving home a pair, while Tucker drove home the final run of the inning on a ground ball to shortstop.
The Beavers then went on to plate three more runs in the fourth before ending the contest with two more in the sixth.
Hasbrouck finished 3-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored, as Tucker went 2-for-4 with four runs driven in. Casey also added a pair of hits to go along with two RBI and three runs scored. BVU, which finished with 11 hits, also got a pair of base knocks from Post, as well as an RBI from Melody Reding.
The senior Sykora was solid on the mound as well en route to her fourth victory of the season as she splits duties with Darrow. She went the distance, allowing three runs (one earned) on just four hits, while striking out eight and walking only one.
Buena Vista improves to 6-10 overall and will now get set to open Iowa Conference play on March 29, when it travels to Cornell for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.