MVC Baseball Opens HAAC Championship Series Against EvangelPosted May 1, 2014
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Marshall, Mo. (May 1, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team opened play in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Series Thursday evening in Joplin, Mo. The Vikings are playing in their first postseason game since 2010 and played Evangel University in their opening game. The Vikings lost a close contest by a 2-0 score.
Both teams were kept scoreless in their first at-bats of the game, but Evangel was able to jump out to an early lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning. After a scoreless third inning, the Vikings tried to get a two-out rally going when Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) singled to left-center, but he was left stranded. The Crusaders added to their lead in the bottom half of the inning with one more run, but the Vikings got out of the inning with a double-play. The double-play consisted of a Junior Pitcher Dominique Smith (Sedalia, Mo.) strikeout and Corona throwing out the base runner at second base on a steal attempt. The fifth inning was another scoreless one for both teams, but MVC got out of the bottom half of the inning with another double-play. This time Sophomore First Baseman Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo.) caught a line drive and forced out the base runner who was caught off the base, but MVC still trailed by a 2-0 score. The Vikings got their lead-off runner on base in the top of the sixth inning when Junior Third Baseman Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) reached second due to Evangel’s second error of the game, but he was left at second base to end the inning. Heading to the eighth inning still trailing by a 2-0 score, the Vikings had their best inning to that point. Junior Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) knocked a one-out single to left-center and was later moved to second base when Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) earned a two-out walk, however both were left stranded on base to end the inning. MVC was taken down in order in the ninth inning and dropped the opening game by a 2-0 score.
Leading the way for MVC was Smith who pitched a complete game giving up nine hits the two runs while picking up one strikeout. The Vikings got base hits from Corona, McGill, Junior Designated Hitter Josh Hartin (Washburn, Mo.) and Sophomore Right Fielder Jake Stafford (Richmond, Mo.), but the Vikings left six base runners stranded in the game.
The Vikings fall to 10-32 on the season, while Evangel improves to 33-13.
The loss means the Vikings will now play in the losers bracket and are one loss away from elimination. MVC will play Central Methodist University in an elimination game Friday at 1 p.m. at Wendell Redden Stadium in Joplin, Mo.
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.