MVC Baseball Splits Doublheader Saturday at GracelandPosted March 29, 2014
The Missouri Valley College baseball traveled to Lamoni, Iowa Saturday for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday with Graceland University. MVC dropped first game 8-2, but came back to win the second matchup 4-2.
The Vikings got out to an early lead in the first game of the day when Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) drew a walk to begin the game and was brought home later in the inning thanks to wild throw following a Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) single down the rightfield line. Graceland was able to tie the game in the bottom of the second inning after scoring a run on Starting Pitcher Senior Brady Nowak (Belleville, Ill.). MVC left a runner stranded to end its third inning at-bat, but Graceland was able to take its first lead of the game with two runs in the bottom of the third inning to hold a 3-1 advantage. The Vikings were left scoreless in both the fourth and fifth innings, but Graceland was able to add to its lead in the bottom of the fifth. The Yellowjackets got four runs on four hits and extended its lead to 7-1 over MVC. The Vikings tried to put together a rally, and scored a run in the top of the sixth inning after a Sophomore First Baseman Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo.) single to leftfield scored Leftfielder Sophomore Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) making it at 7-2 ball game. Graceland got the run back in the sixth inning and kept MVC scoreless in the top of the seventh to come away with an 8-2 win over the Vikings.
Felz finished the game two for four from the plate while Blakemore was 1 for 3 with one RBI. Nowak picked up the loss going 4.1 innings with three hits and three earned runs.
MVC started the second game in a big way as Warchuck took the first pitch of the game over the fence for a homerun, putting MVC up 1-0 early. The Vikings kept things going in the first inning with a Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) single followed by a Junior Third Baseman Josh Hartin (Washburn, Mo.) double. Doerhoff brought in two more runs when he reached safely on an error, and MVC held an early 3-0 lead. Starting Pitcher Kevin Key (Miranda, Venezeula) pitched well for MVC in the early stages, allowing just one hit with one strikeout through the first three innings. MVC added to its lead in the fourth inning when Doerhoff reached on a walk. He was then moved to second base when Blakemore made it to first safely on a Graceland error. Then with two outs, Second Baseman Tim Roddy hit a single to right field and Doerhoff came around to score, increasing MVC’s lead to 4-0. Graceland was able to get its first run on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning, scoring on a passed ball with two outs. The Yellowjackets threatened in the bottom of the sixth loading the bases, but Key got out of the jam by forcing a ground-out as Graceland left three base runners stranded. The Vikings couldn’t add to their lead in the top of the seventh, holding on to the 4-1 lead as Graceland got one more at-bat. The Yellowjackets tried to mount a late-inning rally, scoring one run in the seventh, but Key recorded two strikeouts to finish out the complete game victory.
Leading the way for MVC was Warchuck who finished two for four with his first home run of the season, while Hartin was one for three with a run scored. Key pitched a complete game, giving up just four hits, one earned run with four strikeouts.
MVC moves to 7-15 overall and 6-4 in HAAC play, while Graceland sits at 12-15 overall and 5-5 in conference play.
The two teams will square off again Sunday in another doubleheader at Graceland University. The first game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.
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