MVC Baseball Splits Doubleheader with MidAmerica NazarenePosted March 25, 2014
The Missouri Valley College baseball team hosted MidAmerica Nazarene University in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at Indian Foothills Park in Marshall, Mo., Tuesday. MVC used good pitching and timely hitting to take game one 6-3, but lost game two by a 19-9 score.
The Vikings wasted little time in getting out in front of the Pioneers. After Starting Pitcher Freshman Justin Ramsey (Alvin, Texas) kept MNU off the board in the first inning, the Vikings plated two runs in their first at-bat. Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) starting the inning off with a single, then was moved to second on a sac-bunt. Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) drove Warchuck in with a single to centerfield, and after being replaced on the base path by Freshman Pinch Runner Bryce Burdette (Frontenac, Kan.), Burdette scored MVC’s second run of the inning after a Junior Designated Hitter Josh Hartin (Washburn, Mo.) double of the right field fence. After the Pioneers were again kept scoreless in the second inning, MVC stretched its lead in the bottom of the second. MVC did its damage after the first two batters struck out and grounded out. Junior Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) got on base with a single down the right field line. Warchuck then got a base hit, and an error in the outfield allowed McGill to score. In the next at-bat, Junior Third Baseman Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) singled to score Warchuck, and MVC held a 4-0 lead after two innings. MNU finally broke through in the top of the third inning, scoring a run with two outs, and MVC was left scoreless for the first time in the game, making it a 4-1 MVC lead. MNU cut into the Viking lead again in the fourth inning, scoring one run, but the Pioneers left the bases loaded when Senior Pitcher Reggie Hancock (Montesano, Wash.) closed out the inning with a strikeout. The Vikings responded in their fourth inning at-bat with a run whenJunior Shortstop Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led the inning with a double and was brought home by a Junior Second Baseman Tim Roddy (Yakima, Wash.) single to centerfield, putting MVC up 5-2. Both teams were taken down in order in the fifth inning, but MVC padded its lead by a run in the sixth when a Felz double down the leftfield line scored Warchuck to put MVC on top 6-2. The Pioneers threatened in the top of the seventh inning, scoring one run and having the tying run at the plate, but Hancock ended the game with a strikeout and the Vikings held on for a 6-3 win in game one.
Leading the way for MVC was Warchuck who was three for four with three runs scored. Felz was two for three with two RBI’s while Corona was two for three with one RBI. Ramsey picked up the win going three innings, giving up two hits and two earned runs. Hancock got the save finishing the game with three hits, one earned run and four strikeouts.
Game two started with neither team able to get much going in the first inning, but the Vikings put together an impressive inning. After taking down the Pioneers in the top of the second inning, the Vikings batted through in the order in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore Leftfielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) led the inning off with a single and was eventually brought home on a Blakemore single to shallow centerfield. A Duffy walk and McGill single loaded the bases for MVC. Warchuck cleared the bases with a three RBI double to deep centerfield giving MVC a 4-0 lead. Warchuck came around to score after Felz singled to rightfield. The score stayed 5-0 as Junior Starting Pitcher Dom Smith (Sedalia, Mo.) took down the Pioneers in order in the third inning. MNU threatened in the top of the fourth inning, loading the bases, but Smith got a ground out to end the inning with MVC still in front 5-0. The Vikings added to their lead in the bottom of the fourth inning when another Felz single scored Warchuck from second base, pushing MVC’s lead to 6-0, but MVC stranded the bases loaded to end the inning. MNU grabbed control of the game in the fifth inning as the Vikings went sent four pitchers to the mound in the inning, with the Pioneers scoring nine runs to go ahead 9-6. MNU added to its lead in the sixth inning, scoring five runs and extending their lead to 14-6. The Vikings got three of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth inning, two of which came on an Senior Outfielder Ryan Anderson (Kansas City, Mo.) single, but MVC still trailed 14-9. MNU added five runs in the top of the seventh inning, then took MVC down in order in the bottom of the seventh inning to take game two 19-9.
Leading the way for MVC was Warchuck who was three for three with three RBI’s and two runs scored. Felz finished three for four with two RBI’s and a run scored. Both Hartin and Duffy earned two walks in the game.
The doubleheader split moves MVC to 5-15 overall and 5-3 in HAAC play while MNU moves to 12-9 on the season and 5-3 in conference.
Up next the MVC baseball team will play four conference games at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa. The Vikings will play a doubleheader Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., then Sunday at 1 p.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.