MVC Baseball Drops Two Close Games to Evangel FridayPosted April 4, 2014
The Missouri Valley College baseball team hit the road for a doubleheader Friday in Springfield, Ill., against Heart of America Athletic Conference foe Evangel University. The Vikings dropped the first game of the day in a pitcher’s duel 4-1 and lost the second game in a low scoring affair 3-1.
Evangel was able to jump out early in the Vikings, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first inning to hold a 2-0 early advantage. From there, Starting Pitcher Sophomore Kevin Key (Miranda, Venezuela) was able to control the Evangel batters, keeping the Crusaders from scoring another run through the next two innings. However, Evangel was able to add to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning, using a hit-by-pitch, two walks and a single to score another run to push its lead to 3-0. MVC was taken down in order three times, including the top of the fifth inning, and were unable to climb back into the game through that point. Evangel added another run in the fifth inning, thanks to a hit and two Viking errors, which put MVC into a 4-0 deficit late in the ball game. The Vikings were able to get something positive started in the sixth inning, as Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) led the inning off being hit by a pitch. A wild throw moved Warchuck to second and a sac-bunt by Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) advanced him to third base with only one out. Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) brought Warchuck home on a sac-fly to centerfield, but that’s all the damage MVC could do in the inning, trailing Evangel by a 4-1 score. The Crusaders couldn’t add to their lead in the sixth inning, leaving one more at-bat for the Vikings. Sophomore Rightfielder Jake Stafford (Richmond, Mo.) was able to get on base with a one-out single, but MVC was unable to get put anything else together, and fell to Evangel by a 4-1 score.
Leading the way for MVC was Felz who was one for two from the plate, with Stafford and Sophomore First Baseman Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo.) accounting for the other MVC runs. Key picked up the loss going five innings giving up six hits, three earned runs, five walks and getting one strike out.
Just like in game one, Evangel got out to an early lead with one run in the bottom of the first inning. However, Starting Pitcher Freshman Justin Ramsey (Alvin, Texas) was able to work out of a jam, and Evangel ended the inning with the bases loaded. The Vikings were able to tie the game in the top of the second inning as Sophomore Leftfielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) led the inning off with a single. He was moved to second on a sac-bunt and stole third base. He was brought home when Third Baseman Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) reached on a fielder’s choice, however MVC left two base runners stranded to end the inning. Ramsey was able to keep the Crusaders off the board through the fourth inning, but Evangel got the lead back in the bottom of the fifth. Evangel used four hits to score one run, but the Crusaders left the bases loaded as Ramsey forced back-to-back fly outs to end the inning. After MVC went down in order in the sixth, Evangel added an insurance run in the bottom half of the inning to lead 3-1. The Vikings were unable to put a rally together in the seventh inning, and fell to the Crusaders 3-1.
Leading the way for MVC was Stafford who was two for two from the plate while Doerhoff was one for two with a run scored. Ramsey pitched six innings giving up nine hits and three earned runs with one strikeout to pick up the loss.
MVC falls to 7-19 overall and 6-8 in HAAC play while Evangel improves to 18-12 on the season and 9-5 in HAAC play.
The Vikings and Crusaders will play another doubleheader Saturday in Springfield, Mo. Game one of the doubleheader will start at 1 p.m.
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