Spartans Bats Struggle In IIAC Tournament Opener

May 11, 2017

Starting pitcher Chase Kueter struck out nine in Thursday's opening loss and allowed just one earned run in the 0-2 loss.

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – In a pitcher’s duel that featured only 10 combined hits, the University of Dubuque baseball team dropped their first game of the Iowa Conference Tournament to the #3 seed Buena Vista Beavers, 2-0.

Buena Vista jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning before UD starter Chase Kueter settled down. After the first inning, Kueter would go on to only allow one run and three hits over the next eight innings. Kueter struck out nine, surrendered five hits and two runs, one of which was unearned in the complete game loss.

UD came right back in the bottom half of the inning to load the bases with three walks in the inning, however Buena Vista was able to escape the jam by striking out Marquis Dew to end the threat.

The Spartans put runners on the corner in the fourth inning after a line drive base hit off the bat of Thomas Kempf and a bloop single to right field from Marquis Dew. With two outs Jack Lasswell hit the ball up the middle but the Buena Vista shortstop made a great play ranging to this left to grab the ball and throw out Lasswell on a close play at first.

The Beavers would add an insurance run in the fifth inning, collecting two hits in the innings before scoring on a sac fly to right field that ended up being a close play at the plate.

UD could only scatter five hits against the Beavers starter, Jacob Hadaway. The five hits came from five different Spartans, Kelvin Medrano, Thomas Kempf, Marquis Dew, Jacob Evans and Jack Lasswell.  

UD will look to keep their season alive tomorrow in their second IIAC Tournament game. They will play at 4:00 p.m., and will face winner of Luther/Central 10:00 a.m. game.

Score by Innings                    R  H  E
Buena Vista Univ.... 100 010 000 -  2  5  1
Dubuque, Univ. Of... 000 000 000 - 0  5  1

2017 IIAC Baseball Tournament

The 2017 Iowa Conference Baseball Tournament bracket is set following Saturday, May 6 results. Wartburg is the No. 1 seed after winning their 22nd regulars season IIAC title. The tournament begins on Thursday, May 11th with four games scheduled. The majority of the tournament will take place at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids. However, the opeing round game between No. 4 seed Luther and No. 5 seed Coe will take place at Daniels Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

Iowa Conference Tournament Schedule

Thursday, May, 11
Game 1 2:00p  (#4) Luther - 1, (#5) Coe - 3 at Daniels Park - Coe College
Game 2 1:00p  (#3) Buena Vista 5, (#6) Central - 4 (10 Innings) - Veterans Memorial Stadium
Game 3 4:00p  (#2) Dubuque 0, (#3) Buena Vista 2 - Veterans Memorial Stadium
Game 4 7:30p  Wartburg (#1) 7, (#5) Coe 3 - Veterans Memorial Stadium

Friday, May 12 - All Games at Veterans Memorial Stadium
Game 5 10:00a (#4) Luther vs. (#6) Central - Elimination Game
Game 6 1:00p   (#3) Buena Vista vs. Game 4 Winner
Game 7 4:00p Game 5 Winner vs. (#2) Dubuque
Game 8 7:00p Game 7 Winner vs. Higher Seeded Loser of Games 3 & 4
(Exception: If one of the Game 3 or 4 Losers already has had a bye, that team will play in Game 7,regardless of seed.)

Saturday, May 13
Game 9 10:00a Game 8 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser
Game 10 1:00p Game 6 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner
Game 11 4:00p Game 6 Winner vs. Game 9 Winner (if necessary)

[Sunday is a permissible rain date.]

The winner of the double-elimination tournament receives the Iowa Conference's automatic bid to the 2017 NCAA Division III Championships. NCAA Division III baseball central region is held at GCS Ballpark, Sauget, Ill., May 18 - 22, with the regional champion advancing on to Appleton, Wis for the Championships at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium May 26-31, 2017.

Ticket Information:
Single-­day tickets are $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for students with a college ID or younger. Iowa Conference faculty and staff may present their IDs for free admission as well. An “All­-Sessions” pass is available as well at a price of $16.00 for adults and $8.00 for students. Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting the Kernels office at 319.363.3887.