STORM LAKE - Buena Vista was going after its first American Conference victories of the season, but the Beavers remained winless in conference play after falling to Nebraska Wesleyan in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon by a pair of 3-2 scores.
The Beavers committed errors in back-to-back innings early in the contest which both led to runs. The Beavers bounced back in the fourth with two runs to tie up the game after a popup behind first base was dropped by the second baseman right on the first base line. After Nebraska Wesleyan loaded the bases in the sixth, the Prairie Wolves were able to push across the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run with an RBI single.
Kate Lesmeister went 2-for-3 at the plate with one run scored to lead BVU. The Beavers were held to just five hits as NWU chalked up 11. Marissa Promes gets the loss despite allowing just three runs and recoding her second complete-game during conference play.
Kailey Meyer pitched well for NWU only allowing two runs and five hits, and also helped herself out by going 2-for-4 at the plate with one run scored.
BVU fell behind 3-0 in the nightcap and tried to rally late but it came up just short.
The Prairie Wolves grabbed a 1-0 lead on a fielder's choice to third in the top of the first inning. A pair of RBI doubles in the fourth inning later pushed the margin up to three.
Buena Vista got itself on the board in the fifth when Lesmeister doubled home Michaela Mason before the Beavers got within a run in the sixth on run that scored from third on an error by the first baseman but would strand two runners in the inning.
The tying run reached base in the seventh with a two-out walk but a strikeout ended the game.
Lesmeister again had two hits for the Beavers, as did Mason and senior Taylor Frain.
Promes got the start and pitched just the first inning. Peyton Gross came on and pitched the final six innings, allowing two runs and four hits while striking out four.
The Prairie Wolves improve to 20-6 overall (5-1 A-R-C) while the Beavers are now 14-14 (0-8 A-R-C). BVU will go back on the road this Saturday, April 13, and continue conference play at #7 Coe College in a doubleheader starting at 1:00 p.m.
BVU Sports Information Intern, Zachary Taylor, contributed to this story