MVC Baseball Falls to Dakota Wesleyan Sunday in TucsonPosted March 9, 2014
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MVC BASEBALL FALLS TO DAKOTA WESLEYAN SUNDAY IN TUCSON
Marshall, Mo. (March 9, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team played Dakota Wesleyan in a doubleheader Sunday at the Tucson Invitational. The Vikings were able to play inside the stadium used by the Tucson Padres, minor league affiliate of the San Diego Padres. MVC was defeated in game one 6-1, and had a late rally fall short in a 9-8 defeat in game two.
MVC was put in an early hole in game one, as Dakota Wesleyan used three Viking errors to put three runs on the board in the top of the first inning. Starting Pitcher Sophomore Kevin Key (Miranda, Venezuela) pitched well after the first inning, not allowing another Dakota Wesleyan run until the top of the fourth when the Vikings were put into a 4-0 deficit. Dakota Wesleyan added another run in the top of the fifth inning. MVC had its best inning of the game in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) reached on a fielders choice, and was eventually brought home on a single from Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) to pull MVC back to within a 5-1 score. However the Vikings ended the inning with two runners stranded. Dakota Wesleyan got the run back in the top of the sixth, and MVC looked to threaten in the bottom half of that inning. Junior Pinch Hitter Dominique Smith (Sedalia, Mo.) was able to reach on an error and Junior Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) drew a walk, both with two outs. However, the two were left stranded, ending the hopes for a late-inning comeback, as Dakota Wesleyan held on for a 6-1 victory.
Leading the way for MVC was Warchuck who finished 2 for 4 with a run scored, while Corona went 1 for 4 with an RBI. Key picked up the loss going five innings, giving up just two earned runs on five hits, with one strike out.
Game two started out much better for MVC, as the Vikings put two runs on the board in the top of the first inning, all with two outs. Junior First Baseman Josh Hartin’s (Washburn, Mo.) single was followed up by a triple from Sophomore Right Fielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.). Doerhoff was brought in one batter later when Smith singled down the right field line. Dakota Wesleyan cut the MVC lead in half in the bottom of the second inning, but the Vikings pushed their lead back to two runs in the fourth. After Sophomore Jake Stafford (Richmond, Mo.) came in to pinch run for Smith, he was brought home when Junior Second Baseman Tim Roddy (Yakima, Wash.) grounded into an out, but MVC pushed ahead 3-1. The inning could have been bigger for MVC, but the Vikings left two stranded to end the inning. Starting Pitcher Freshman Justin Ramsey (Alvin, Texas) pitched well in the first four innings, giving up just the one run on two hits. However, Dakota Wesleyan put together an impressive fifth inning, scoring eight runs on just four hits to pull ahead 9-3. The Vikings got one back in the sixth when Freshman Catcher Bryce Burdette (Frontenac, Kan.) hit a sac-fly to score Stafford. MVC made a rally in the seventh inning. Warchuck led the inning with a walk, Junior Third Baseman Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) singled, and Warchuck was brought home on a fielders choice. Doerhoff doubled to leftfield and Stafford singled to score Hartin. Doerhoff scored on a Junior Designated Hitter Garrett Burke (Sugarland, Texas) ground out, and Burdette singled to score Stafford. However, MVC’s comeback came up one run short as Dakota Wesleyan defeated MVC 9-8.
Leading MVC was Doerhoff who finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Duffy also finished with two hits for MVC, while Stafford finished 2 for 2 with three runs scored.
The losses drop MVC to 0-8 on the season while Dakota Wesleyan improves to 6-5.
The Vikings will play two games Monday at the Tucson Invitational, against Concordia University-St. Paul and Briar Cliff University.
About Missouri Valley College
Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.