The Buena Vista University softball team's first of two straight trips to the state of Illinois ended with a sweep for the second straight day, as the Beavers rolled past Lakeland University, 9-1, in five innings before notching a 4-1 victory over Concordia-Wisconsin to finish the day.
After the Muskies took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, BVU responded back in a big way during the bottom half by scoring six times, including a two-run home run from Kate Lesmeister - the team's first of the year - to make it a 3-1 contest. A sacrifice fly by Taylor Frain made it 7-1 in the second and then the Beavers got RBI's from Michaela Mason and Cameron Morrison in the fourth to complete the scoring.
Ashtyn Miller pitched the first four innings, allowing just two hits and striking out three to improve to 2-0 on the year. Carrie Dose came on in relief to pitch the fifth and allowed just one hit and struck out one.
Against CUW, the Beavers struck first with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning with a successful suicide squeeze bunt from Mason followed by an RBI groundout from Lesmeister, who now has a team-high eight RBI on the year. Concordia would get one of those runs back in the bottom half to make it a 2-1 contest.
Freshman Peyton Gross took over for Marissa Promes and pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh inning to secure her first career save. She allowed just a walk and struck out two. Promes records her first win of the year (1-3), scattering five hits and one run while striking out four and walking only one.
Archibeque and Hansen each had two hits at the plate with Guyett walking twice.
Buena Vista has now won four straight games and sits 5-3 on the year. The team will hop back on a bus and return to Illinois next Saturday and Sunday as it will face UW-Stevens Point and Augstana College (Ill.) on Saturday before playing a doubleheader against Eureka on Sunday.