The Buena Vista baseball team is eager to take the field for the first time this season when it travels to Washington University (Mo.) for a three-game weekend series starting with Saturday's doubleheader.
BVU is coming off a 26-win season in 2107 where it finished third in the Iowa Conference standings and came a win away from reaching the championship game of the conference tournament. Head coach Steve Eddie, now in his 18th season guiding the Beavers, begins the year needing just three wins to reach 400 in his career (397-291-2). The Beavers have finished in the top-3 of the league standings in consecutive seasons and four of the last five.
The 2018 squad will have to replace three starting pitchers, including First Team All-Confernece and Second Team All-Region selection, Jacob Hadaway, but Eddie will have plenty of experienced arms to turn to while also leaning on a few newcomers to add depth. Offensively, the team did graduate a pair of all-conference selections from 2017 (Kendall Candor and Kolby Hilgenberg), but will still have a veteran corp of five position players that were starters or saw significant time off the bench last season.
Following its season-opening series at WashU, Beavers will head up north to U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., to play a doubleheader on March 8 against Bethel University. The team will then head to Tucson, Ariz., where it will play eight games in six days before opening up Iowa Conference play with a three-game set at Luther College on March 30-31. Its home opener is a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 3, against Nebraska Wesleyan.
Coach Eddie sat down with KBVU Sports Director, Tanner Hoops, on Wednesday, February 28, to discuss this upcoming season in more detail as well as taking a look at this weekend's season opener.