Written by BVU Sports Information Intern, Gibson Berns
The Buena Vista baseball team saw its bid for a spot in Saturday afternoon's Iowa Conference Baseball Tournament championship game come up short in heartbreaking fashion as it blew a four-run lead late during a 5-4 heartbreaking loss to fifth-seed Coe College.
Playing its fourth game in three days, the Beavers started the game as they have so many times this year, with a Devin Wagenman RBI in the first inning. They would score again in the third as Kolby Hilgenberg singled up the middle, scoring Bryce Rheault for his second run of the game.
The 2-0 lead going into the fourth was not good enough for BVU, as it tacked on two more thanks to a Devon Harms RBI single to center and a Rheault RBI single to right.
The Beaver bats would go quiet after the fourth inning, though, and the Kohawk bats would come alive in the seventh.
Freshman Tate Holmes started the fourth game in three days for the Beavers, and Coe would load the bases against him in the seventh. Holmes would hold Coe to just one run in the inning, as the Beaver defense came up with a clutch 6-4-3 double play.
The eighth inning was not as lucky for Holmes and the Beavers. Holmes surrendered a 2-out, 2-RBI single to left center to make the game 4-3. Dalton Mason then came in with a runner on first trying to shut the door for the BVU, but gave up a 2-run homerun as Coe would take its first lead of the game at 5-4.
The Beavers would leave one runner in scoring position in each of the last two innings, including Hilgenberg on third with one out in the ninth after his triple off the centerfield wall.
The top three hitters for the Beavers combined for seven of their 14 hits, including three from Rheault. Holmes gave up four earned runs on eight hits in 7.2 innings. Mason would get the loss after giving up one earned in 1.1 innings.
The Beavers end the year at 26-17 and finish third in the IIAC tournament.