MVC Baseball Drops Two Games at Friends University ThursdayPosted February 27, 2014
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MVC BASEBALL DROPS CLOSE GAMES AT FRIENDS UNIVERSITY THURSDAY
Marshall, Mo. (February 27, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team went on the road Thursday afternoon to play a non-conference doubleheader against Friends University in Wichita, Kan. The Vikings held a late lead in game one, but fell 6-4. In game two the Vikings made a late rally, but fell short 5-4
Game one of the doubleheader started out well for MVC. After both teams played a scoreless first inning, the Vikings were able to take an early advantage with a run in the top of the second inning. The inning opened with Sophomore Right Fielder Derrick Leeper (Hamilton, Mo.) drawing a walk, then reaching second on a sacrifice bunt by Sophomore Designated Hitter Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo). An errant throw trying to tag Leeper out at second base, allowed Leeper to reach third. He was eventually brought in when Junior Shortstop Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) singled into shallow centerfield, however the inning ended with McGill stranded on-base. The lead lasted until the bottom of the third inning when Friends was able to bring two runs home, helped in part to a walk, a hit-by-pitch and a throwing error on a stolen base attempt. Friends held on to the 2-1 advantage until the Vikings went to the plate in the top of the fifth inning. The inning started with McGill leading off and being hit by a pitch, followed by both Junior Second Baseman Tim Roddy (Yakima, Wash.) and Junior Left Fielder Dominique Smith (Sedalia, Mo.) earning a walk. McGill came around to score on a Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) sac-fly and a Junior Third Baseman Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) single brought in Roddy. The third run in the inning came when Smith scored on a stolen base, and MVC took a 4-2 lead late in the game. Friends was able to get a run back in the bottom half of the fifth, but MVC was unable to add to its lead in the sixth despite getting two base hits and leaving one runner on base. The bottom of the sixth proved costly for MVC, as Friends used four hits and a walk, all with two outs, to score three runs and retake the lead at 6-4. The Vikings had one more opportunity at the plate, but went down in order in the seventh, dropping game one 6-4.
Leeper finished 2 for 2 with one run, one walk and a stolen base for MVC. McGill also finished 2 for 2 with one run scored and one RBI. Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) also had two hits in the game for MVC. Senior Pitcher Brady Nowak (Bellville, Ill.) took the loss, going 5.2 innings giving up nine hits, five runs, four earned, with three walks and two strikeouts.
Game two started with Friends jumping out to an early advantage. After the Vikings went down in order in the top half of the first inning, Friends scored three runs on three hits in the bottom of the first inning. The Vikings were unable to cut into the Friends lead over the next two innings, but Friends did extend its lead to 4-0 with a run in the bottom of the third. Friends maintained its 4-0 lead, until MVC put together a rally in the fifth. All the damage was done with two outs. With Leeper already on base after a walk earlier in the inning, Freshman Centerfielder Bryce Burdette (Lenexa, Kan.) singled, followed by a triple from Felz to deep left-center field that scored Leeper and Burdette. The inning continued with a McGill walk, followed by a Junior Designated Hitter Josh Hartin (Washburn, Mo.) single that scored Felz. Sophomore Right Fielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) brought in MVC’s fourth run of the inning on a single that allowed McGill to score. The Vikings eventually left two runners stranded, but tied the score 4-4. Friends was able to threaten in the bottom of the sixth, and scored on a two-out single to break the tie at 5-4. In their last at-bat the Vikings were unable to put any runners on base and went down in order, dropping game two to Friends 5-4.
Doerhoff finished with two hits in the game, while Felz finished 1 for 4 with 2 RBI’s. Sophomore Pitcher Kevin Key (Miranda, Venezeula) went four innings giving up eight hits and four earned runs with five strikeouts and four walks, but picked up a no-decision. The loss went to Junior Pitcher Matt Bereiter (Sequim, Wash.) who pitched two innings of relief.
The losses drop MVC to 0-4 on the season while Friends improves to 9-4.
MVC’s Saturday and Sunday games hosting Robert Morris have been canceled due to the expected cold weather. The Vikings next scheduled games will be at home against Harris Stowe State University Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
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