BVU baseballís season ends in IIAC Tournament

Monday, May 14, 2018

CEDAR RAPIDS - Eric LaRue pitched five strong innings, Bryce Rheault finished 3-for-5 with an RBI, but it was third-seed Coe College pushing across a two-out run in the bottom of the eighth inning to edge Buena Vista, 4-3, to begin play Thursday in the Iowa Conference Tournament inside of Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Rheault lined a single into right center in the seventh to tie the score at 3-3 before lining a first pitch into left center with two a runner on and two outs in the ninth as the Beavers tried to rally. Coe made a pitching change following the hit as Peyton Renning got set to step in, but Renning grounded out to first to end the game.

Coe regained the lead in the eighth with two a two-out RBI single by Kevin Delaney after Nick Henrichs came on to relieve Clayton Christian.

The Kohawks jumped on the board with a run in the first before BVU came back and took its first lead of the game with an RBI single from Joe Rock and a run-scoring double from Porter Sartor. The lead was short lived, however, as Coe came right back with a pair of runs in the home half.

LaRue scattered six hits and was charged with three runs over his five innings en route to a no-decision. Christian was charged with the loss (0-1) after allowing a run on two hits in his 2.2 innings of work.

BVU finished with eight hits in the contest which also included Rennings team-leading fifth triple of the year.

After letting a 4-1 lead slip away late, the Buena Vista baseball team battled out of a pair of bases loaded jams and scored four runs in the top of the 11th inning before holding on in the bottom half, to knock off fourth-seed Loras College, 8-5, in an elimination game Thursday night.

Tyler Stoltze drew a bases loaded walk before Parker Truesdell followed with a two-run double down the left field line that gave BVU a 4-1 lead in the seventh. Loras, however, got two of those runs back in the eighth with a two-run home run to make it 4-3.

BVU was one out away from victory in the bottom of the ninth, but the Duhawks came through with a two-out double down into the left field corner that plated the tying run. Nick Henrichs took over for starter Egan Bonde, and after issuing a bases loaded walk, got a chopper back to him to end the threat.

Henrichs then worked himself out of another two-out bases loaded jam in the 10th, as the Beavers then erupted for four runs in the 11th. Bryce Rheault put BVU in front with an RBI double to right center before Devin Wagenman followed two batters later with a two-out single to left. Joe Rock blooped a single onto the line in left to drive in Wagenman before a bases loaded walk from pinch hitter Alex Savary made it 8-4.

Loras, which swept BVU in the regular season, didnít go down without a fight in the home half, putting the first two runners on after a leadoff error. After a sacrifice fly made it 8-5 with two outs, the Duhawks got the tying run to the plate, but Rheault, who made the error to start the inning, came up with a big throw on a slowly hit grounder up the middle to get the runner in a close play at first to end it.

Wagenman finished 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored to help lead BVU at the plate. Coleman Roberts doubled twice and scored twice, while Truesdell also doubled twice, drove in two and scored a pair of runs.

The two teams combined for 26 hits in the contest and each committed one error.

Bonde went a career-high 8.2 innings for BVU, allowing four runs on 13 hits and received the no-decision. Henrichs (4-2) earns the win in relief, tossing 1.1 innings, allowing two hits and walking three. Andy Bower came on to pitch the 11th and closed things out, surrendering an unearned run and working around a pair of walks.

Buena Vista overcame a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the eight before taking the lead with a run in the ninth, but it was Luther College rallying in the bottom of the ninth with a pair of runs to defeat the Beavers in heartbreaking fashion, 6-5 on Friday afternoon.

BVU broke a scoreless game in the fourth inning when Peyton Renning singled and moved up to second on a wild pitch. He then scored when Devin Wagenman put down a bunt for an infield single, but the throw to first was wide.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Norse came right back in the bottom half to plate four runs before an out was made, including a three-run double, to cap the scoring.

Tyler Heineman settled down after that, and did not allow another run from there, working 7.2 innings, and scattering seven hits.

BVU then rallied to tie things up at 4-4 in the eighth inning after loading the bases with one out. Coleman Roberts drove in his 28th run with a sacrifice fly to start the scoring before back-to-back wild pitches allowed Renning to score. Wagenman then scored the tying run on an infield single to second base by Joe Rock.

Clayton Christian came out of the bullpen with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth and fielded a sharply hit ball back to him which he knocked down and then picked it up and calmly threw the runner out at first to end any threat.

Renning then came up with a big two-out bloop single in the ninth to push across the go-ahead run.

Luther, however, put two runners on with one out, and tied the game with an RBI single before scoring the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly to center. Wagenman made a strong throw home, but the runner slid in just ahead of the tag by Nick Henrichs.

Renning and Roberts each finished with two hits to lead BVU at the plate as Renning also scored twice.

Christian was charged with the loss in relief.

Buena Vista ends its season at 15-23 overall. It also marked the final game in the careers of Wagenman, Tyler Vorrie, Jayden Clark and Ryan Steim.

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