The Buena Vista baseball team opens an NCAA division three regional in Moline, Illinois on Wednesday. The Beavers are the top seed and stand 29-11 on the season.

Buena Vista coach Steve Eddie says it’s been two years in the development as most of the guys played their freshman and sophomore seasons. The Beavers advanced into the national tournament for the first time since 1981 after winning the Iowa Conference tournament last weekend.

Eddie says there was some pressure as the favorite, but he says his team played relaxed and had a great time and that’s what they want to do this weekend too. Buena Vista opens at noon on Wednesday against Illinois Wesleyan. He says Wesleyan has been in the regionals quite a bit and usually have good pitching.

North Central, Ripon, Rose-Hulman and Webster are the other teams competing in the regional.