Viking Baseball Falls at Home in Two Games with Baker

Posted April 14, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 14, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team hosted Baker (Kan.) University Friday afternoon at Indian Foothills Park.  The Vikings fell into an early deficit in game one, and lost 8-5.  Missouri Valley rallied to tie game two late, but fell, 6-4.

 

Baker opened game one with a productive first inning.  The Wildcats brought all nine batters to the plate and produced six runs on five hits.  All six runs were scored on homers, including a grand slam, to put MVC in a 6-0 deficit.  Missouri Valley answered with a rally in the bottom half of the inning, as Freshman Third Baseman Ryan Mink (Cave Creek, Ariz.) singled to score Senior Shortstop Cody Price (Boise, Idaho).  Senior First Baseman Jacob Scribner (Raymore, Mo.) followed with a two-run double, and the Vikings trailed, 6-3.  Baker came back with another run in the top of the second inning to move its lead out to 7-3.  Both teams struggled to produce baserunners over the next stretch of play.  Senior Catcher Bryce Burdette (Shawnee, Kan.) threw out a runner trying to steal second to end the top of the third, then threw out another baserunner going for a steal in the top of the fourth.  Junior Pitcher Ben Tracey (Shoreline, Wash.) kept Baker scoreless through the top of the fifth inning, and Missouri Valley followed by trimming the deficit in the bottom half of the inning.  Price reached on an error, then stole second.  A wild pitch allowed Price to take third, while Mink walked.  Scribner brought both home with another double, and the Baker lead was cut to 7-5.  The Wildcats added a run in the top of the sixth, and had the bases loaded with one out, but Tracey got out of the inning with a double play to keep the MVC deficit at 8-5.  Tracey set down Baker in order in the seventh, and Missouri Valley opened the bottom half of the inning with a pair of singles from Price and Junior Rightfielder Albert Vargas (Moreno Valley, Calif.).  However, the Vikings were unable to advance the runners, or bring anyone home, falling to Baker, 8-5.

 

Scribner led the team with two doubles and four RBI’s.  Price had one hit and two runs scored, while Mink finished with one hit, two runs scored and one RBI.  Tracey pitched 6.1 innings, giving up just six hits and two runs, but picked up the no decision.  Senior Pitchr Shaquille Lacroes (Willemstad, Curacao) was credited with the loss.

 

Game two opened with both teams putting a runner on base with two outs, but failing to score in the first inning.  Junior Leftfielder Manny Becerra (San Carolos, Venezuela) tripled in the bottom half of the inning, but was left stranded.  Baker went in front in the second, using a lead-off solo homer to grab a 1-0 lead.  Junior Pitcher Dakota Collins (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) struck out two batters in the inning, and Senior Catcher Turner Herbek (Pacific, Mo.) threw out a BU runner trying to steal second to end the inning.  The Vikings countered with a solo homerun to start the bottom half of the inning, coming from Mink.  Missouri Valley eventually put two more runners on base, but both were left stranded.  The Wildcats went back in front in the fourth, using another solo homer to hold a 2-1 advantage.  Baker added another run in the top of the fifth, but Collins got out of the inning with two runners stranded.  The bottom of the fifth opened with singles from Sophomore Centerfielder Lucas Jacobi (Granby, Ct.), Price and Becerra.  The Becerra single scored Jacobi, and MVC trailed by a 3-2 score.  Missouri Valley eventually loaded the bases with just one out, but Baker got out of the jam with an inning-ending double play.  Collins faced just three batters in the sixth, using a strikeout to end the inning.  Burdette led off the bottom of the sixth with solo homer to tie the game at 3-3.  The Vikings were unable to take a lead in the at-bat, and the game went into the seventh tied.  Baker responded and reclaimed the lead, using three hits to score three runs and move in front, 6-3.  Missouri Valley came out in the bottom of the seventh and got Becerra on base after being hit, and a double from Freshman Brent Heckemeyer (St. Thomas, Mo.).  Mink then walked to load the bases, but Baker induced a double play.  Becerra scored on the play to cut the deficit, and the game ended on a pop out, as MVC fell, 6-4.

 

Becerra led the team with three hits a run scored and one RBI.  Mink finished with two hits, a run scored and one RBi, while Burdette added a solo homerun.  In all, the Vikings finished with 11 hits.  Collins was given the loss, pitching a complete game with six runs and eight strikeouts.

 

The pair of losses drop Missouri Valley to 14-25 overall and 4-16 in the Heart.  Baker improves to 13-29 on the season and 6-14 in conference play.

 

Up next, the Viking baseball team hosts Baker in another doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m., at Indian Foothills Park for Senior Day.

 

 

 

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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