(Peru, Neb.)—On Sunday, May 1, and Monday, May 2, the Peru State baseball team was swept by Grand View in Des Moines, Iowa. The Bobcats finished the regular season 21-31 overall and 18-14 in conference play while the Vikings finished 18-24 overall and 15-17 in conference play.
 
Peru State was the home team, but the games were played at Grand View due to field conditions and inclement weather in Peru.
 
Below is a breakdown of how each game of the series went…
 
Game 1
 
The Vikings threatened early in the top of the first as a walk and a hit by pitch had runners on first and second. Then a passed ball had runners in scoring position. A double scored two runs for the Vikings. Grand View scored two runs on one hit and left one on in the top of the first.
 
Xavier Wright (Calumet City, Ill.) hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the first inning and then he advanced to second on a passed ball. Unfortunately, two groundouts and a strikeout in between ended the half inning. Peru State scored no runs on one hit and left one on base.
 
The Bobcats and the Vikings both went down in order in the second inning. The Vikings drew a one out walk in the top half of the third but the runner was later caught trying to steal second for the last out of the inning. Peru State went 1-2-3 in the home half of the third inning.
 
Grand View hit a homerun in the top of the fourth inning as they extended their lead to 3-0. Then the Vikings had runners on first and second from a single and a walk. A double with one out scored the fourth run of the game for Grand View. The next batter hit a single as two more runs came into score as the Vikings were now winning 6-0. A double play ended a big half inning for the Vikings. Grand View scored four runs on four hits and left one on base.
 
William Reynolds (Bakersfield, Calif.) hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the fourth, then Wesley Bradford (Bakersfield, Calif.) reached on an error as the 'Cats had runners on first and second. A Jose Solis (Los Santos, Panama) double scored two runs as the Bobcats trimmed the lead to four.
 
Solis advanced to third on a passed ball. Then a productive ground out from Angel Andrades (Humacao, P.R.) scored Solis as the 'Cats cut the lead in half trailing 6-3. Peru State scored three runs on two hits, an error and left no one on base.
 
The Vikings went three up three down in the top of the fifth inning. Wright was able to draw a two out walk in the bottom of the fifth, but he was picked off for the final out of the inning.
 
Grand View drew a walk with two outs in the top of the sixth and then the runner advanced into scoring position. The Vikings drew a second two out walk and then the runner from second advanced to third on another wild pitch. A strike out ended the Viking threat.
 
Reynolds reached first on an error to leadoff the home half of the sixth inning. Then a Bradford single had runners on first and second for the 'Cats. A ground out moved the runners into scoring position. A Jesus Tavares (Santo Domingo, D.R.) sac fly to left field scored the fourth run of the game for Peru State as they now trimmed the lead to two trailing 6-4. Peru State scored one run on one hit, an error and left one on base.
 
Grand View went 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh inning. After two quick outs in the bottom of the seventh the 'Cats tried to get a two out rally going as Gustavo Rivera (Bayamon, P.R.) singled and Wright reached on an error as the Bobcats had runners on first and second. A strikeout ended the game as Peru State lost to Grand View 6-4.
 
Sebastian Rodriguez (Cayey, P.R.) pitched three innings striking out seven batters giving up two runs on one hit-the two runs were earned. Rodriguez took the loss. Edgar Santos (Barquisimeto, Venezuela) pitched one inning striking out one batter giving up four runs on four hits-the four runs were earned. Jose Diana (Santa Isabel, P.R.) pitched three innings striking out four batters and giving up no runs on no hits.
 
Bradford, Reynolds, Rivera, Solis and Wright all tied for hits in game one with one. Solis led the way with two RBIs.
 
Game 2
 
The Vikings threatened early in game two as they led off with a walk and a single to put the pressure on the Bobcats. A double play and a strikeout ended the inning. Grand View scored no runs on one hit and left one on base. Peru State went down in order in the bottom of the first inning.
 
Grand View drew another leadoff walk in the top of the second inning. Then a single with one down had runners on first and second. After a ground out moved the runners into scoring position, a wild pitch scored the first two runs of the game for the Vikings. Then the Vikings kept the pressure on as a double and a reach on an error had runners on the corners. A fly out ended the Viking threat. Grand View had two runs on two hits, an error and left two on base.
 
Tavares with one down in the second doubled and then with two down Rivera walked as the 'Cats had runners on first and second. A fly out ended the half inning. Peru State had no runs on one hit and left two on base.
 
Grand View hit a one out homerun as they now led Peru State 3-0. Then with two down the Vikings threatened after a single and a walk. The next batter hit a two RBI single as Grand View pushed their lead to five. The Vikings scored three runs on three hits and left one on in the third.
 
Johannes Booyens (Johannesburg, South Africa) drew a leadoff walk but it was another quick inning for the 'Cats as they still could not get going offensively. Grand View in the top of the fourth inning hit a leadoff double, then with one out a second double in the inning scored the sixth run of the game for the Vikings. Grand View scored one run on two hits and left one on base.
 
Tavares was able to get a single with one down in the bottom of the fourth inning but again the Bobcats could not bring anything across the plate. Peru State had no runs on one hit and left one on base.
 
The Vikings singled with one down in the top of the fifth, the runner eventually stole second to get into scoring position, but the Vikings could not bring him around to score.
 
Booyens drew a one out walk and then with two outs Reynolds singled as the 'Cats had runners on first and second. Then a Bradford single scored the first run of the game for Peru State. The Bobcats scored one run on two hits and left two on base.
 
Grand View drew a leadoff walk in the top of the sixth inning, but he would be thrown out trying to advance to second. The Vikings with two down singled and then the runner advanced to second. A walk had Viking runners on first and second. Both runners advanced to scoring position on a wild pitch. A strikeout ended the inning. The Vikings had no runs on two hits and left two on base.
 
Tavares led off the bottom of the sixth with a walk and then a single from Rivera had runners on the corners for the 'Cats. Diego Rivera (Carolina, P.R.) hit a single to bring in Tavares for the Bobcats' second run of the game. Blake Denson (Broken Bow) came into pinch run for Diego Rivera. Garett Pavletich (Bakersfield, Calif.) reached on a fielder's choice, but Gustavo Rivera was thrown out at third.
 
Booyens then singled scoring Denson as the 'Cats trimmed the lead in half now trailing 6-3. Wright was then hit by a pitch as the 'Cats loaded the bases. Then Reynolds reached on a fielder's choice and Pavletich came into score as the 'Cats now trailed 6-4. Peru State scored three runs on three hits and left two on base.
 
The Vikings with one down hit a single and stole second to put pressure on the Bobcat defense. A fly out and a strikeout ended the top half of the seventh inning.
 
 With one down in the last half inning, Tavares, blasted a homerun as the Bobcats now only trailed 6-5. Diego Rivera with two down drew a walk but a foul out ended the game as Peru State lost game two to Grand View.
 
Diego Oquendo (Merida, Venezuela) pitched three innings striking out three batters giving up five runs on six hits-the five runs were earned. Oquendo took the loss. Juan Rodriguez (Bayamon, P.R.) pitched two innings striking out three batters giving up one run on three hits-the one run was earned. John Laureano (Gurabo, P.R.) pitched two innings striking out three batters giving up no runs on three hits.
 
Tavares led the way in hits in game two with three. Booyens, Bradford, Reynolds, Diego Rivera and Tavares each had one RBI.
 
Game 3
 
In the top of the first inning after one out Grand View drew two walks and hit a single in between to load the bases for the Vikings. Then a two out single scored the first two runs of the game for Grand View. The Vikings scored a third run in the top of the first on an error and then a flyout ended the inning.
 
Wright hit a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the first inning as the Bobcats now trailed the Vikings 3-1. Two strikeouts and a groundout ended the inning for Peru State. The Vikings and the Bobcats went three up three down in the second inning.
 
Grand View went down in order again in the top of the third inning. Booyens with one out in the bottom of third inning hit a double and then Wright hit a single as the 'Cats had runners on the corners. Reynolds then hit a two RBI single as the Bobcats tied the game at three. Then a Bradford RBI single had Peru State take the lead for the first time in game three.
 
Tavares then singled as the Bobcats again threatened with runners on the corners. A fielder's choice scored the fifth run of the game for 'Cats as they led 5-3. Grand View and Peru State went three up three down in the fourth inning.
 
Grand View hit a leadoff single in the top of the fifth inning, but it was another quick inning for the Vikings as they could not bring the runner around to score.
 
The Bobcats with one out in the fifth had Wright draw a walk and then Reynolds singled. Wright was then picked off, but Bradford drew a walk. Tavares then drew a walk to load the bases for the 'Cats. A fielder's choice ended the fifth inning.
 
Grand View loaded the bases in the top of the sixth as they hit two singles and drew a walk. Then a hit by pitch had the Vikings draw within one. Then a walk tied the game at five apiece. Then a two out RBI single had the Vikings retake the lead now up 7-5. Peru State went down in order in the home half of the sixth inning.
 
Grand View got an insurance run in the top of the seventh as they hit a home run to go up 8-5 with one out in the top of the seventh inning. Wright doubled with one out in the seventh but the 'Cats ended up losing the third game to the Vikings by a score of 8-5.
 
Wright led the way in hits in game three with three. Reynolds led the way in RBIs with two.
 
Game 4
The Vikings hit a two out single in the top of the first inning, but the Vikings left the runner on in the first. Wright drew a leadoff walk and then Reynolds reached on an error as Wright came into score the first run of the game for Peru State.
 
Grand View loaded the bases with two singles and a walk, then a fielder's choice scored the first run of the game, then a single scored the second run of the game as the Vikings now led 2-1. A two out double scored two more runs now leading the 'Cats 4-1. Peru State went three up three down in the bottom of the second inning.
 
The Vikings hit a leadoff double in the top of the third inning Then with two down an error and a walk loaded the bases for the Vikings, but the Bobcats were able to get out of the half inning unscathed. Peru State went down in order in the bottom of the third inning.
 
Grand View drew a leadoff walk in the top of the fourth inning. Then after two outs a single scored the fifth run of the game for the Vikings as they now led 5-1. The 'Cats went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
 
Grand View went three up three down in the top of the fifth. Josue Francisco (San Cristobal, D.R.) hit a leadoff double in the top of the fifth inning but the 'Cats continued to struggle from the plate in game four. Grand View hit a leadoff single in the top of the sixth but that was all they could muster in the inning. Peru State went down in order in the home half of the sixth inning.
 
Grand View was able to get a base runner on from a hit by pitch in the top of the seventh inning but that was it for the Vikings. Tavares hit a leadoff single in the home half of the seventh, but two fly outs and a strikeout ended the game as Grand View completed the sweep of Peru State.
 
Francisco and Tavares led the way in hits in game two with one each.
 
Peru State has qualified for the Heart Conference Tournament. They are the sixth seed playing the three seed and No. 12 team in the country Central Methodist