Viking Baseball Uses Lots of Offense in Sweep of Baker

Posted April 15, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 15, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team finished a four-game series with Baker (Kan.) University at home Saturday afternoon with a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at home.  The Vikings pulled away from Baker in the opener, 13-6, then finished off the sweep with a 14-2 win in game two.

 

Baker got out early on the Vikings in game one, hitting a lead-off homer to hold a 1-0 lead.  Freshman Pitcher Trey Ramirez (Weslaco, Texas) settled down from there, and got the next three batters out.  After the Vikings were taken down in order in the bottom half of the inning, Ramirez followed by striking out the side in the second inning.  Missouri Valley then went on a long rally in the bottom half.  Freshman First Baseman Brent Heckemeyer (St. Thomas, Mo.) started things off with a one-out single, and he came around to score on an error from a Senior Designated Hitter Jacob Scribner (Raymore, Mo.) grounder.  Senior Catcher Turner Herbek (Pacific, Mo.) doubled to score Scribner, and Junior Kyler Hecker (Eatonville, Wash.) doubled to bring home a run.  Sophomore Centerfielder Lucas Jacobi (Granby, Ct.) hit a third-straight double, bringing home Hecker, and MVC held a 4-1 lead.  Baker came back with a run in the top of the third, but the Vikings got that run back in the bottom half of the inning when Senior Third Baseman Jeremy Shull (Kansas City, Mo.) hit a solo homerun.  Scribner and Senior Rightfielder Bryce Burdette (Shawnee, Kan.) followed with singles, but both were left stranded as MVC led, 5-2.  The Vikings added four more runs in the fourth.  Shull drove in Jacobi on a fielder’s choice, Burdette then brought two runs home on a two-out single, and Herbek scored Shull with another single to extend the advantage to 9-2.  Baker came back with two runs in the fifth, using a homer to bring both runs in, and cut its deficit to 9-4.  Baker then shrunk the MVC lead again, scoring two runs in the top of the sixth, but the Vikings put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the inning.  Heckemeyer doubled to open the inning, and came home on a Burdette double.  Herbek scored Burdette on a single, while Jacobi doubled to score Senior Dario Marquez (Miami, Fla.).  The final run was scored when Senior Shortstop Cody Price (Boise, Idaho) hit a sac-fly that brought home Hecker, and Missouri Valley took a 13-6 lead into the seventh.  Senior Pitcher Temesh Lourens (Willemstad, Curacao) faced the minimum in the final inning, and Missouri Valley earned a 13-6 victory.

 

Burdette finished with three hits, three RBI’s and a run scored, while Jacobi added three hits, two RBI’s and one run.  Herbek came up with three hits and three RBI’s and Heckemeyer had two hits and two runs.  In all, the Vikings finished with 16 hits.  Ramirez got the win, pitching five innings and giving up four hits and four runs with seven strikeouts.

 

Game two opened with Baker threatening in the first, as the Wildcats worked a two-out walk, followed by a single.  Senior Pitcher Mike Simanek (Oakley, Calif.) ended the inning with a strikeout and left the two runners stranded.  Missouri Valley also threatened in the first, as Jacobi opened the at-bat by taking first after being hit.  Price followed with a single and Junior Leftfielder Manny Becerra (San Carlos, Venezuela) was hit to load the bases.  Shull grounded into a double play, but Jacobi scored, and MVC held a 1-0 lead.  Baker again put two runners on base with two outs, but Simanek again got out of the jam to keep BU scoreless.  Missouri Valley added to its lead in the third, with all the damage coming after two outs.  Price singled and Becerra was hit again, while Shull singled.  Price came home on an, and the Vikings held a 2-0 lead.  The Wildcats answered in the top of the fourth, using two hits and one error to score two runs.  Simanek got out of the inning with two-straight strikeouts, but the game was tied, 2-2.  Missouri Valley came back with a rally in the bottom half of the inning, started by back-to-back singles from Burdette and Herbek.  Hecker brought Burdette home on a bunt, and Jacobi followed with a run-scoring double.  The scoring was capped with a Price single that allowed Hecker and Jacobi to come home, and put the MVC lead at 6-2.  The Vikings put the game out of reach in the fifth, starting a rally with another Burdette single.  Herbek then belted a two-run homer to move the lead out to 8-2.  An error led to Hecker scoring after a Jacobi single, and Shull brought two runners home with a two-out double.  Senior First Baseman Jacob Scribner (Raymore, Mo.) singled to score Shull and extend the lead to 12-2.  Simanek struck out two batters in the top of the sixth, and Missouri Valley added two more runs in the bottom half of the inning.  An error on a Shull fly ball allowed Jacobi to score, and Price came home on a Freshman Third Baseman Ryan Mink (Cave Creek, Ariz.) sac-fly to make the score 14-2.  Simanek gave up one hit in the seventh, but Baker grounded into a double play and the Vikings finished off the sweep with a 14-2 victory.

 

Price led the team with four hits, two runs scored and two RBI’s.  Jacobi added two hits, four runs scored and one RBI, while Hecker finished with two hits, two runs scored and one RBI.  Burdette, Herbek, Shull and Becerra all had two hits each.  The Vikings finished with 17 total hits in the game.  Simanek picked up the win, going 6.2 innings, giving up seven hits and one earned run with six strikeouts.

 

The pair of wins move Missouri Valley to 16-25 overall and 6-16 in the Heart.  Baker falls to 13-31 on the season and 6-16 in conference play.

 

Up next, the Viking baseball team travels to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a Heart doubleheader with Mount Mercy (Iowa) University, Tuesday at 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 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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