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Luther stayed alive in the 2018 Iowa Conference tournament as the Norse defeated the Beavers of Buena Vista University 6-5 in an elimination game. Trailing 5-4 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Norse scored two runs on two hits to post the come-from-behind victory. Trent Athmann drove in the game winner on a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Jake Vogt.
The Norse tallied nine hits and scored four runs in the fourth and the two most important runs in the ninth. Bryce Hingst and Mitch Bruggers both had two hits. Derek McCready drove in three runs with a bases loaded double in the fourth.
Ross Hingst (4-2) picked up the win in relief. Tyler Boesel pitched 8 1/3 innings, allowed five runs on eight hits, walked two and struck out seven in a no-decision start.
The win gives Luther an overall record of 25-14. The Norse will now play Coe College in an elimination game at 6:00 p.m. tonight.
Questions? Contact David Blanchard, post_to_results, 563-387-1586