MVC Baseball Picks Up First win of Season in Tucson TuesdayPosted March 11, 2014
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MVC BASEBALL PICKS UP FIRST WIN OF SEASON IN TUCSON TUESDAY
Marshall, Mo. (March 11, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team played two games Monday evening at the Tucson Invitational. The Vikings played NCAA Division II Concordia University-St. Paul and Briar Cliff University. The Vikings lost a back and forth game to Concordia 12-9, and defeated Briar Cliff University for the first win of the season 15-4.
MVC opened up the scoring in its first game of the evening against Concordia, as Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) led things off with a ground-rule double to centerfield. Warchuck eventually scored on a Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) single, and MVC put a second run on the board when Junior Third Baseman Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) scored on a Sophomore Rightfielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) double. The lead was short lived, however as Concordia put up three runs in the bottom of the first to go ahead 3-2. Concordia added to its lead in the second inning, scoring five runs on four hits. MVC got some of those runs back in the third. With the bases loaded and one out, Sophomore Leftfielder Jake Stafford singled to score Felz. The next batter was Designated Hitter Sophomore Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo.), who put one 410 feet to centerfield, resulting in a grand-slam to put MVC down by just a 8-7 score. The Vikings tied the game in the fourth inning when a bases loaded walk by Stafford scored Warchuck, and completed the comeback in the fifth when another Corona single scored Junior Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) to give MVC a 9-8 lead. That’s how things stayed until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Concordia put two runs on the board to reclaim the lead at 10-9. The Vikings threatened in the seventh, thanks to doubles by Blakemore and McGill, but MVC could not get another runner home, and Concordia added two more insurance runs in the seventh inning to knock off the Vikings 12-9. The game had to move to an adjacent field in the bottom of the eighth inning, when the field’s lights went out with two outs in the inning.
Leading MVC in the game was Blakemore who finished 2 for 5 with four RBI’s and a run scored. Warchuck, Corona, and McGill all had two hits apiece. Starting Pitcher Junior Guillermo Amezquita (Port Hueneme, Calif.) went 5.1 innings, giving 10 hits and six earned runs to pick up the loss.
The Vikings were put in an early hole in their second game against Briar Cliff, giving up one run in the top of the first inning. The deficit was short-lived, as MVC put six runs on the board in the bottom of the first. Warchuck scored on a bases loaded walk by Stafford, followed by Felz scoring on a Blakemore walk. Corona made it 3-1 when he crossed home plate after a wild throw, and another bases loaded walk scored Stafford. The final two runs were brought home on singles from Warchuck and Felz to put MVC up 6-1. Briar Cliff got two runs back in the top of the third inning to make it a 6-3 game, but MVC got those two runs back in the bottom half of that inning. Blakemore scored from third after Warchck struck out, but advanced to first base after the catcher dropped the ball. Then, Warchuck later came around to score on a passed ball to give MVC an 8-3 lead. The Vikings got another two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings to eventually lead by a 12-4 score. The Vikings capped off the scoring with three runs on four hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. The big hit in the inning was a Stafford double to deep right-centerfield that scored three runs. MVC eventually went on to win 15-4. The Vikings produced 15 hits, 11 walks and three doubles in their first win of the season.
Leading MVC was Felz who finished 4 for 5 with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Warchuck had two hits while Stafford finished with four RBI’s in the game. Both Corona and Blakemore drew three walks each. Getting the win was Sophomore Pitcher Geoff Butler (Olathe, Kan.)
Splitting the pair of games on the day moved MVC’s record to 1-9 on the season.
The Vikings will play two more games at the Tucson Invitational Tuesday morning, playing Concordia (Neb.) University at 8:30 a.m., and Dakota State University at 11 a.m.
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.