After securing a spot in the Iowa Conference Tournament on Friday night, the Buena Vista baseball team was looking to keep momentum going on Saturday as it closed out the series with Wartburg as well as the regular season, but the Beavers came up short in the opener of the doubleheader before mother nature stepped in yet again causing game two to be called after two innings due to rain and lightning.
After exploding for 11 runs and 16 hits during Friday's victory, the Beaver bats were a bit silent in the first part of Saturday's opener as Wartburg broke open a 13-1 lead in the seventh. Down to their final strike before the game would end due to the 10-run rule, the Beavers made things interesting in the end, scoring six times in the seventh and three more in the ninth.
Junior Peyton Renning ensured that the game would go at least another inning when he lined a double into the left centerfield gap to score a pair of runs and keep the rally going. He then scored when Devin Wagenman singled him home before Coleman Roberts crushed his first collegiate homer over the wall in left to make it 13-7.
Wartburg got one of those runs back in the eight and added a big insurance run in the ninth before BVU tried to put up another big rally. After the first two were quickly retired in the inning, Renning came up big again, launching a home run of his own to make it 15-8 before Roberts hit his second two-run home run in as many at-bats to make it a five-run contest. That, however, was as all the team could push across as the Knights held on for their 15th Iowa Conference win of the year.
There were baseballs launched all over the place in the game with the two teams combining for 11 extra-base hits, including eight for home runs.
Renning and Wagenman each finished with three hits and two runs scored in the contest with Renning also driving in three. Roberts was 2-for-4 and was one short of a career-high with the four RBI. Five different players had at least two hits in the game as BVU finished with 13 overall.
The two teams got game two underway with BVU leading 3-2 in the top of the third with a runner on first and one out before the game was halted due to lightning detected in the area. Shortly thereafter, rain began to fall and the thunder and lightning continued, eventually leading the two sides to call things off after waiting out a 45-minute delay.
During the delay, the regular season championship had been secured by the University of Dubuque with its game two victory over Nebraska Wesleyan, leaving the Knights the second seed and Coe the third.
Buena Vista (14-21, 10-12 IIAC) had already secured the sixth seed and will now take on the Kohawks to begin the IIAC Tournament. The two will play inside Veterans Memorial Stadium at 11:00am on Thursday, May 10, to begin the double-elimination tournament. The winner will advance on to play the second-seeded Knights at 2:00pm while the loser will play the loser of Luther and Loras at 8:00pm.