MVC Baseball Plays Tough with No. 3 Missouri BaptistPosted April 8, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 8, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team hosted No. 3 Missouri Baptist University for a non-conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at Indian Foothills Park. The Vikings fought with the Spartans in game one by 7-3 score. Game two was a hitting-fest between the two teams, but MBU pulled out a 13-10 win.
Starting Pitcher Freshman Justin Ramsey (Alvin, Texas) had good control to begin the game for MVC on the mound. He was able to get through the first two innings giving up just one run on three hits while striking out three. The Vikings were unable to get many opportunities to score in the first two innings, only putting two runners on base. MBU opened the game up with two runs in the top of the third inning to pull ahead 3-0 and increased its lead to 5-0 after scoring two more runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Vikings put together a rally in the bottom of the fifth inning, doing the bulk of their damage with two outs. First Baseman Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo.) singled followed by Shortstop Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) being hit by a pitch, with a Second Baseman Zac McGill (Richmond, Mo.) single leading the bases for MVC. Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) came through with a bases-loaded single to bring two runners home, and MVC cut into the Missouri Baptist lead at 5-2, but the Vikings left two base runners stranded. The Spartans responded in the sixth inning, scoring two runs to jump back ahead 7-2, however a good defensive play was made when Sophomore Pitcher Geoff Butler (Olathe, Kan.) grabbed a hard grounder back to the mound with his throwing hand to get the batter out at first base. The score stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh inning as the Vikings loaded the bases on a Rightfielder Jake Stafford (Richmond, Mo.) walk, Blakemore being hit by a pitch and a Duffy single down the rightfield line. However, McGill grounded into a double-play, which brought a runner home, but MVC was unable to do any more damage in the inning, and fell to the Spartans by a 7-3 score.
Leading the way for MVC was Warchuck who one for three with a walk and two RBI’s. Duffy and Blakemore both went one for two from the plate with a run scored. Ramsey picked up the loss, going three innings with five earned runs and four strikeouts.
Game two started with Missouri Baptist jumping out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but MVC responded with a big inning of their own. MVC started the inning with a Stafford single and he was moved to second on a Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) sac-bunt. MVC then received three-consecutive walks to Junior First Baseman Josh Hartin (Washburn, Mo.), Sophomore Leftfielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) and Blakemore to bring Stafford home. Sophomore Rightfielder Derrick Leeper (Hamilton, Mo.) followed those walks with a single to score two runners and the rally was completed when Duffy singled to score Blakemore giving MVC a 4-1 lead after the first inning. The lead was short lived for MVC, as the Spartans moved ahead 5-4 with four runs in the top of the second inning. The Vikings put together another big inning at the plate in the bottom of the second. Felz led-off the inning with a double, followed by a Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) bunt single to advance Felz to third. Hartin walked followed by Doerhoff reaching safely on an error that brought Felz home. Another error by MBU brought home both McGill and Hartin to put MVC up 7-5. Again, MBU pulled back ahead of MVC with four runs in the top of the third inning to lead 9-7 after three innings of play. MVC was kept scoreless until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Vikings got a run thanks to a double by Felz, but MBU maintained an 11-8 lead heading into the sixth inning. The Spartans added to their lead in the sixth inning with two runs to make it a 13-8 score. MVC got two of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth when an error on a Stafford hit brought home Leeper. Later in the inning a Felz single brought home Junior Second Baseman Tim Roddy (Yakima, Wash.) and MVC climb back to a 13-10 score. MVC threatened with two on and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but failed to score and lost 13-10.
Leading the way for MVC was Felz who was three for four with two RBI’s and a run scored. Stafford finished two for five with two runs scored and Leeper drove home three runs.
The losses drop MVC to 7-23 on the season while MBU improves to 32-5.
The Vikings next be in action Saturday hosting a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader against Central Methodist University at Indian Foothills Park. Game time Saturday is 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.