Viking Baseball Splits with Judson to Open Play in Florida

Posted March 4, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (March 4, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team opened a series of games in Florida Saturday with a doubleheader against Judson (Ill.) University.  The first game of the day featured a gem pitched by Senior Pitcher Shaquille Lacroes (Willemstad, Curacao), guiding the Vikings to a 5-0 victory.  Judson came back in the second game, and defeated Missouri Valley, 7-0.

 

Both teams struggled to get much going from the plate in the early innings, but Lacroes struck out three Judson batters in the first three innings.  Missouri Valley broke through in the top of the fourth as Junior Designated Hitter Albert Vargas (Moreno Valley, Calif.) knocked a two-out single.  He was brought home on a double from Senior Third Basemen Jeremy Shull (Kansas City, Mo.) to put MVC up 1-0.  Lacroes continued his no-hitter into the bottom of the fourth, striking out two batters.  Missouri Valley put the game out of reach in the fifth, as Sophomore Rightfielder Lucas Jacobi (Granby, Ct.) started the inning with a single.  Senior Catcher Bryce Burdette (Shawnee, Kan.) brought home two runs with a single, and later in the inning, a Shull single scored Burdette.  In all, the Vikings scored four runs on three hits to increase their lead to 5-0.  Lacroes struck out another two Judson batters in the fifth, and left two runners stranded.  Judson came through with its first hit of the game in the bottom of the sixth, but Lacroes got out of a two-on jam with an inning-ending strikeout.  Lacroes finished off his complete game with a strikeout to give Missouri Valley a 5-0 win.

 

Lacroes pitched seven innings, giving up one hit with nine strikeouts.  Shull finished with two hits and two RBI’s, and Senior Shortstop Cody Price (Boise, Idaho) had two hits and drove in one run.  Burdette had one hit, two RBI’s and a run scored.

 

The second game featured little produced at the plate.  Junior Pitcher Dakota Collins (Kansas City, Kan.) gave up just one hit through the first three innings, while striking out the side in the third.  Missouri Valley threatened in the bottom of the third, as Junior Centerfielder Manny Becerra (San Carlos, Venezuela) singled to lead off the at-bat.  Later in the inning, Price singled to left, but Junior Second Baseman Drew Wescom (Davenport, Iowa) was thrown out at home, ending the inning and keeping the game scoreless.  Judson took control of the game in the top of the fourth, using five hits and two MVC errors to score five runs.  Judson added another two runs in the top of the fifth, and Missouri Valley was unable to make a comeback.  The Vikings produced just one hit in the final innings, and fell to Judson, 7-0.

 

Price, Freshman First Baseman Brent Heckemeyer (Saint Thomas, Mo.) and Becerra each had one hit.  Collins picked up the loss, going four innings with seven hits and four earned runs with three strikeouts.

 

The split moves Missouri Valley to 5-6 on the season, while Judson sits at 7-6.

 

Up next, the Vikings play another doubleheader in Auburndale, Fla., Sunday.  Missouri Valley plays Aquinas (Mich.) University at 8:45 a.m., CST.

 

 

 

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 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.

 



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