Iowa Conference honors Marshall

(courtesy of BVU sports information)

The Buena Vista baseball team swept the weekly Iowa Conference baseball awards on Tuesday morning with senior second baseman Neil Marshall tabbed the Position Player of the Week while Jacob Hadaway earned Pitcher of the Week accolades.  The recognition covers games played thru Sunday, May 1.

In four games during that period, Marshall hit .500 (9-for-18) with four doubles, a pair of home runs, five RBI and seven runs scored as the Beavers went 4-0 with a pair of victories over both Coe and Luther.  He earns the weekly honor for the second time in three weeks and the fourth time overall in his career.

In game two against the Kohawks last Tuesday, Marshall went 3-for-6 and hit the go-ahead home run to lead off the ninth inning to send BVU to a 12-10 victory.  He also doubled and scored twice.

During Sunday’s series opening 5-4 triumph over the Norse, he set a new Iowa Conference single-season record with his 14th double during league play to lead off the seventh inning.  That proved to be big as he scored one batter later on a two-run home run which was the difference in the one-run victory.

Not only did he break the single-season conference mark, he now owns the BVU single-season school record with 22 two-baggers, breaking Michael Hoffman’s previous mark of 19 set in 2011.  In conference play this season, he now leads the league in hits, doubles, runs, total bases, on-base percentage and slugging percentage.  He also sits in the top-three nationally in doubles.

Hadaway, meanwhile, pitched BVU’s first complete-game shutout of the year and earns recognition for the first time in his career.  It was the team’s first shutout in general since its season-opening win over Webster.  The junior scattered just four hits, walked three and struck out eight in what was also the longest outing of his career.  It marks the second straight eight-strikeout performance as he moved to 4-1 in five IIAC starts this season.  His 1.95 ERA in those games sits third as he outdueled a Norse pitcher that is second.

Buena Vista is 28-8 on the year (19-5 IIAC), and following Monday’s doubleheader sweep of Luther to complete the four-game series sweep, the Beavers can finish no lower than second in the IIAC regular season standings.  The team will wrap up the regular season this weekend with a four-game set at Simpson College (11-23, 8-14 IIAC) starting with Friday’s twinbill at 3:30pm.