Wartburg scored three runs in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead, and the Knights would hold off a late comeback by the Beaver softball team on Friday afternoon, defeating BVU 4-3 to begin the IIAC Tournament.
Autumn Boland beat out a throw in the third inning to avoid an inning-ending double play as Kennedy Colvert scored to get the Beavers back within two. Jeanne Bramhall later drove in a run on a fielder's choice in the sixth to make it 4-3 and proceeded to move to second as Cheyanne Boland advanced to third.
ReAnn Cappel came on to pinch hit and grounded back to the pitcher for the first out of the inning before Boland was thrown out at home on Michaela Mason's ball back to the pitcher. Mckynze Hansen then grounded out to end the threat.
BVU again had two runners on and no outs in the seventh as it tried to pull even. The Knights, however, got consecutive flyouts and a pop out to get out of the jam and end the game.
Keely Bycroft led the Beavers with two hits as they finished with only six as a team. Schmidt doubled for the only extra-base knock, as she was one of five seniors to play her final collegiate game.
Moriah Guyett went the distance inside the circle, allowing just two earned runs on eight hits, striking out two and walking one.
Buena Vista, which posted consecutive 20-win seasons with a doubleheader split at home against the Knights to wrap up the regular season a week ago, finish the year at 20-17 overall.