Baseball Loses Heartbreaker to Luther to End Season at IIAC Tournament

Baseball Loses Heartbreaker to Luther to End Season at IIAC Tournament

Buena Vista overcame a 4-1 deficit with three runs in the eight before taking the lead with a run in the ninth, but it was Luther College rallying in the bottom of the ninth with a pair of runs to defeat the Beavers in heartbreaking fashion, 6-5.

BVU broke a scoreless game in the fourth inning when Peyton Renning singled and moved up to second on a wild pitch.  He then scored when Devin Wagenman put down a bunt for an infield single, but the throw to first was wide.

The lead was short-lived, however, as the Norse came right back in the bottom half to plate four runs before an out was made, including a three-run double, to cap the scoring.

Tyler Heineman settled down after that, and did not allow another run from there, working 7.2 innings, and scattering seven hits.

BVU then rallied to tie things up at 4-4 in the eighth inning after loading the bases with one out.  Coleman Roberts drove in his 28th run with a sacrifice fly to start the scoring before back-to-back wild pitches allowed Renning to score.  Wagenman then scored the tying run on an infield single to second base by Joe Rock.

Clayton Christian came out of the bullpen with runners at first and second and two outs in the eighth and fielded a sharply hit ball back to him which he knocked down and then picked it up and calmy threw the runner out at first to end any threat.

Renning then came up with a big two-out bloop single in the ninth to push across the go-ahead run.

Luther, however, put two runners on with one out, and tied the game with an RBI single before scoring the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly to center.  Wagenman made a strong throw home, but the runner slid in just ahead of the tag by Nick Henrichs.

Renning and Roberts each finished with two hits to lead BVU at the plate as Renning also scored twice.

Christian was charged with the loss in relief.

Buena Vista ends its season at 15-23 overall.  It also marked the final game in the careers of Wagenman, Tyler Vorrie, Jayden Clark and Ryan Steim.