Beavers Walk-off in Home Opener to Earn DH Split with Loras

Photo taken by Teri Boland.
Photo taken by Teri Boland.

The Buena Vista softball team played its home opener on Saturday afternoon against Loras College, and the Beavers came back with two runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to win the opener, 3-2.  The Duhawks then salvaged the split with an 8-3 win in the nightcap.

Loras grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a fielding error by BVU, and that's how things stood until Michaela Mason launched her first career home run - a solo shot - in the fifth to tie it up at 1-1.

On the first pitch of the 10th, Loras blasted a solo home run of its own to go back in front at 2-1 before the drama unfolded in the bottom half.

BVU loaded up the bases for Marissa Schmidt who drove home the game-tying run with a single back up the middle.  Then after a foul out and fielder's choice at home, Mckynze Hansen lifted a ball that kept difting back to dead center, and went off the centerfielder's glove for the game-winning RBI.

Loras threatened in the seventh with the bases loaded and no outs, but came up empty, and also had a runner thrown out at home from centerfield to end the ninth.

Mason finished 3-for-5 at the plate with a double, RBI and two runs scored.  Schmidt also had three hits while ReAnn Cappel and Keely Bycroft each added two.

Bycroft went the distance on the mound, scattering 13 hits, striking out one and walking only one.

Loras broke open game two with a four-run sixth inning.  The Duhawks scored a pair in the top of the first before BVU got one back in the home half on an RBI double from Schmidt.  After Loras went up 3-1 in the third, Jeanne Bramhall unleashed her first home run of the season to make it 3-2.

The Duhawks extended it to a 4-2 margin in the fourth before the four-run sixth made it a six-run lead.  The Beavers posted the game's final run in the bottom half on an RBI single from Schmidt.

Schmidt went 2-for-3 at the plate with the two RBI as BVU was held to only four hits in the contest.

Moriah Guyett got the start inside the circle for the Beavers and pitched 5.2 innings, allowing eight runs (four earned) on 11 hits.  Sidney Davis worked the final 1.1 frames and allowed two hits while striking out one.

Buena Vista is now 10-6 (1-1 IIAC) and will turn around and play a non-conference road doubleheader at Minnesota-Morris tomorrow afternoon at 1:00pm.