|Date:||April 11, 2018|
Luther traveled to Buena Vista University for the Iowa Conference opener for the Norse and the home opener for the Beavers.
Two-run home runs by Natalie Stockman in the first inning and Baily Victoria in the fifth, propelled Luther to a 6-4 victory in game one. The Norse never trailed but did get out of a jam in the bottom of the sixth, when Beavers loaded the bases and scored twice, to pull to within 5-4. The Norse added a run in the seventh.
Luther tallied eight hits led by Stockman and Blake Banowetz who were both 3-for-4 with two RBI.
Samantha Bratland (13-2) went the distance in the circle. Bratland spread five hits, walked two and struck out nine.
In the nightcap, Luther scored four runs in the first and added one in the fourth, en route to a 5-4 victory.
With the bases loaded and no outs in the first, Blake Banowetz's RBI walk, was followed by a two-run single by Bailey Victoria. Bailey Hocker drove in the final run of the frame on a fielders choice.
The Norse also loaded the bases in the fifth. Anna Strien produced the game winning RBI the hard way by getting hit by a pitch. It was the third time she had been hit during the twin bill.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Beavers had runners on first and second with two outs. Michaela Mason hit a bloop single that fell just in front of Ashley Burrows in center field. Burrows threw a bullet to home plate and Addy Pender threw out Jeanne Bramhall to end the game. Bramhall had rounded third, decided to go back to third, but slipped and fell to the ground and was was tagged out by Banowetz.
Courtney Cooper pitched five innings and was credited with the win. She is now 9-0 for the year. Samantha Bratland picked up her second save.
The two wins gives Luther an Iowa Conference record of 2-0, 24-2 overall. Buena Vista fell to 0-4 in the IIAC, 15-9 overall. Luther has now defeated Buena Vista 29 straight games dating back to 2006.
The Norse will host Loras College tomorrow for their home opener. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.
Contact: David Blanchard, 563-387-1586