Beaver Softball Pulls Upsets in IIAC Tournament

Beaver Softball Pulls Upsets in IIAC Tournament



The Buena Vista softball team picked up its second win of the Iowa Conference Tournament by edging the University of Dubuque, 2-1, in 10 innings to begin the day on Saturday, but the magical run by the Beavers came to an end in the next game as they were eliminated after an 11-4 loss to fourth-seed Simpson.

BVU jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first against the Spartans as Stephanie Hayden doubled to lead off the game and scored on a Sam Engleman single to center.

Dubuque tied things up in the fouth with a two-out RBI single and that's the way things stood until the 10th.

Due to the international rule taking effect for the start of the inning, Lesa Turnquist was placed at second base and advanced to third on a sacrifice by Cheyanne Boland.  Following a groundout by Mikaela Millslage, Hayden and Berkey each walked to load the bases before Turnquist scored on an overthrow at third by the Spartan catcher.

Dubuque then had its turn in the bottom half and advanced its runner to third with a sacrifice, but Jenna Falline then got a pair of pop-ups to end the game.

Hayden finished 2-for-4 with a walk for BVU, which was held to only five hits in the contest.

Falline got the start and later came back on in the seventh to earn her 12th win of the year.  Overall, she pitched eight innings, scattered eight hits, walked one and struck out one.  Brittney Kubik worked the other two innings and allowed just three hits.

BVU looked to keep its hopes alive for a possible conference championship, but the run ended in the next game, as it was all Simpson in the middle innings after BVU had taken an early lead.

The Beavers got an unearned run in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead but the Storm came right back with two runs in the bottom half to take a 2-1 lead.  Jessica Stocker then put the Beavers back in front, 3-12, with a two-run single in the third, but then it was all Simpson from there.

The Storm got a two-run home run in the bottom of the inning to tie things up and then hit three long balls in the fourth, including one three-run shot, and built a 10-3 lead.  Sam Engleman connected for her eighth homer of the year in the fifth to make it 10-4, but an RBI single by Simpson in the bottom half scored the game's final run.

Engleman ended her collegiate career with a 3-for-4 performance at the plate, including the home run and two runs scored.  Boland also posted three hits with Brooke Berkey adding two in what was also her final career game.

The game also marked the end of the collegiate careers for Kubik and Maddie Seaman.

Buena Vista ends its season at 15-21 overall.