STORM LAKE - Coming off a season in which it tied a school record with 27 wins and returning all four all-conference selections, the Buena Vista baseball team has lofty goals for 2010, with getting a hand in on its first regular season Iowa Conference title since 1981 at or near the top of the list.
The Beavers put themselves in position to claim the elusive title a season ago, holding the top spot at 11-5 with seven league games remaining, before it ended the regular season by dropping five of those seven outings, to finish as the fifth-seed heading into the IIAC Tournament.
"They knew we needed to go out and beat those teams," says head coach Steve Eddie, who enters his 10th season at the helm. "Going into this season, everyone understands how important it is to produce and win each time out. We have to really limit our bad days."
BVU is off to a 2-2 start in 2010, including a doubleheader non-conference road sweep at Westminster College on March 14. Eddie has been pleased thus far with the production he has received from his pitching staff, as well as defensively.
"Our pitchers have done a nice job limiting the number of hits, but we can still get better. At times, the numbers of base runners are high, but for this early in the season I am pleased where we're at. Defensively, we've been playing really well. The potential is certainly there to be great."
Due to unplayable field conditions in Storm Lake, changes have been made to the upcoming Buena Vista University baseball schedule for Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21.
The team's scheduled doubleheader vs. Northwestern College has been postponed with no make-up date announced at this time. The two schools are working to co-ordinate possible dates.
Meanwhile, Sunday's doubleheader vs. Presentation College has been adjusted, and will now be played as part of a Saturday-Sunday triangular in Lincoln, Neb., and include BVU, Presentation, and Nebraska Wesleyan.