Engleman boosts BVU offense

Posted April 19, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Sam Engleman, a junior from Hawarden, has played in all 24 games and started every one at third base for the Buena Vista University Beavers.

Engleman, daughter of Brian and Karen Engleman, is a graduate of West Sioux.

Engleman has led the team with 16 RBIs, 35 total bases and three triples. She had a slugging percentage of 0.515, third best on the team, and a batting average of 0.265, 18 hits in 68 at-bats. She also had seven walks.

Defensively she was second in assists with 60.

Against Wartburg College, Engleman tripled to lead off the second inning of the first game and scored on a wild pitch. The Beavers beat the Knights, 4-2 and 14-1 in five innings.

In the second game, Sam Knudsen had a grand-slam for BVU as they scored 14 unanswered runs. Erin Kliefoth had a three-run home run. Knudsen would finish with six RBI in the contest as she also had a RBI double.

BVU had five extra base hits and outhit the Knights, 14-3.

BVU gained a .500 record at 11-11 overall, 2-2 IIAC games.

Team update

The Buena Vista University softball team was looking to build on its doubleheader sweep of Wartburg College the previous Saturday, but ninth-ranked Luther College made it tough for BVU, as the Norse handed the Beavers 2-0 and 10-2 setbacks on April 13.

In the opener, Luther, which scattered seven hits in the contest, was able to tally single runs in both the second and third innings and that proved to be enough. Four of the seven runs came in those two frames alone.

BVU got a lead-off single from Stephanie Hayden in the fourth inning and a lead-off double by Brooke Berkey in the seventh inning but both runners were stranded.

BVU pitcher freshman Jenna Faline’s record dipped to 6-5 overall. She went the distance and allowed both runs on seven hits, while striking out two.

It was all Luther in the finale, as the Norse got a pair of runs in the first inning before adding three more runs in the fourth, one more run in the fifth and four more runs in the sixth inning en route to the six-inning win.

Hayden turned in two of the team’s hits for BVU, which was outhit, 11-3.

Faith Schmidt suffered the pitching loss for BVU, allowing five unearned runs on five his over 3.2 innings.

Buena Vista’s record stood at 11-13 overall, 2-4 in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC).

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