|Date:||April 26, 2014|
|Time:||2:00 pm||Results:||8-0 (5), 4-3||Location:||Storm Lake, Iowa|
No. 10 Luther wrapped up the regular season Iowa Conference schedule with a sweep of Buena Vista University in Storm Lake. Luther posted victories of 8-0 (5) and 4-3.
In game one, the Norse pounded out 11 hits, but also had a lot of help from the Beavers, as they committed six errors that caused all eight runs to be unearned.
Kelsey Rose led the attack going 4-for-4 with three RBI. Rose, who scored twice, drove in two runs in the fourth with a double to center field and drove in a run in the fifth with an infield single. Kristen Winter also had a multiple hit game going 2-for-4 and driving in two runs. Lindsey Uphoff, who was 1-for-3, scored twice.
Becca Girvan improved to 15-3. Girvan allowed two hits and struck out nine of the 21 batters she faced.
Miranda McCay at second. McCay started the frame with a double, but was not able to advance following fly outs by Kayla Hatting and Rose. Following a Carli Radil walk, Winter singled that scored McCay.
The Norse took a 3-1 lead in the top of the sixth thanks to RBI singles by Katie Wieland and Paige Lobdell. The Beavers tied the game with a two-run home run in the bottom half of the inning.
Topanga Skiles (7-2) got the win. Skiles allowed three runs on two hits, walked four and struck out two. Girvan picked up her second save of the year.
The two wins gives Luther a league record of 10-4, 27-6 overall. The Norse finished the regular season in a three-way tie for second place and have now won 10 in a row.
Luther will travel to Coe College next week for the six-team Iowa Conference Tournament that will be held May 1-3.
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586