MVC Baseball Season Ends at HAAC Championship SeriesPosted May 2, 2014
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Marshall, Mo. (May 1, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team played in an elimination game Friday afternoon in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship Series at Wendell Redden Stadium in Joplin, Mo. The Vikings played Central Methodist University and were eliminated from the tournament by a 7-0 score.
The Vikings were put in an early deficit as CMU used two hits to score one run and lead MVC after the first inning of play. MVC held CMU scoreless in the second inning and got a two-out single by Sophomore Left Fielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.). Doerhoff moved to second base after an error on a pick-off play, but was left stranded to end the inning. Neither team was able to get much going in the third or fourth inning, but Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee's Summit, Mo.) did lead off the bottom of the fourth with a single, but MVC was unable to move the base runner to second before the inning was over.
After giving up a run in the first inning, Senior Pitcher Kevin Key (Miranda, Venezuela) kept CMU from putting more runs on the board by only allowing three bases runners over the next five innings. However, CMU loaded the bases in the top of the seventh inning with one out, but MVC got out of the inning giving up only one run to trail 2-0. MVC tried to put together a rally in the bottom of the eighth having runners at first and second base with one out when Junior Third Baseman Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) reached on an error and Junior Second Baseman Tim Roddy (Yakima, Wash.) walked, but both were left stranded to end the inning. The Eagles extended their lead to 7-0 in the top of the ninth inning and held off MVC in the bottom half of the inning to knock off the Vikings 7-0.
Leading MVC on the day were Corona and Doerhoff who each had one hit with Corona also reaching with a walk. Key picked up the loss going 7.1 innings with seven hits and two earned runs and two strikeouts.
The loss ends the MVC season with a record of 10-33, having had its best season and first postseason appearance since 2010. Central Methodist advances in the HAAC Championship Series with a 21-25 record.
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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.