The Buena Vista University softball team wrapped up its season-opening trip to the Rosemount Dome in Rosemount, Minn.., with a pair of losses to the University of Wisconsin – River Falls by scores of 9-8 in 10 innings and 9-1 in five innings on March 2.
In the opener against UW -River Falls, BVU had a 6-2 lead and was one out away from victory before the Falcons mounted a two-out comeback. They had runners on second and third with two down before a two-run single cut the lead to 6-4. Then one batter later the Falcons tied it up with a two-run home run.
The Beavers threatened to win it in the bottom half of the inning with runnes on first and second with two outs but UW-River Falls got the ground out to third base to end the frame.
The two teams then battied it out in extra innings using the international rule by placing a runner at second base to start each half inning.
The Falcons had a sacrifice fly in their half of the eighth for a 7-6 lead before Lesa Turnquist tied things up in the bottom half with a run-scoring double to left center field with just one out. She advanced to third on a ground out but was straned there as UW-River Falls got a strikeout to end the inning.
Another sacrifice fly in the ninth inning put the Falcons ahead 8-7 before BVU threateneed in the bottom half. Brooke Berkey advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Jessica Stocker and scored one batter later when Sam Engleman (senior, Hawarden and West Sioux alumni) reached in a fielding error by the first baseman. Mkeaka Milslage then singled to shortstop to put runners on first and second with just one out and both runners moved up on a wild pitch.
The Falcons, however, came up with another big strikeout to end the inning and leave the winning run on third base.
UW-River Falls again took a one-run lead in the 10th with a two-out infield hit and BVU ended the game with the tying run on third base in its half.
Stephanie Hayden led at the plate for BVU, going 3-for-5, with an RBI and two runs scored, while also stealing one base.
Engleman followed with a pair of hits, including a double, two RBI and one run scored. Pitcher also doubled, drove in two runs and scored once.
BVU finished wirth 11 base hits.
Jenna Falline went the distance in the circle for the Beavers, allowing six earned runs and striking out two.
UW-River Falls, which went 21-16 last season’s record and improved to 4-2 record, tallied 15 total hits and committed four errors. The Falcons had six players with at least two hits.
In the finale, UW-River Falls used a two-run double and a two-run home run to take a 4-0 lead after one inning before adding a second two-run blast in the courth and a two-run double in the fifth to complete the doubleheader sweep.
The Beavers got their lone run in the fourth inning with an RBI single from Jordan Pitcher, who went 2-for-3. Hayden also trned in two hits with Marissa Schmidt adding one.
Britney Kubik pitched all four and one-third innings in the circle for BVU and was charged with seven earned runs.
The Beavers are scheduled for a 10-game tournament in Claremont, Fla., March 23-28.
Engleman, an infielder, is in her sennior and final season for BVU in Storm Lake. She is the daughter of Brian and Karen Engleman of Hawarden.
In another game, Engleman had a double in an 8-1 loss for BVU against No. 11 ranked St. Thomas in the season opener Feb. 28. The Beavers lost the second game 6-2.
Sam Knudsen belted a run-scoring double in the first game for BVU and Hayden also doubled.
Falline suffered the loss in the circle for BVU as she went the distance, had two strikeouts and two walks and all eight runs were earned.
St. Thomas built a 6-0 lead in the second game with two runs in the first, one in the third, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth. The final three runs came via a pair of home runs.
Engleman continued to show her power. She blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to get BVU on the board. The Beavers then looked to rally in the seventh, getting the tying run to the on-deck circle with no out but the Tommies would turn a double play to deflate the momentum.
Pitcher had a hit as did Stocker, Millslage and Haley Stevens.
Kubik pitched a complete game. She scattered eight hits and allowed six earned runs and walked three.