Viking Baseball Falls on the Road to Mount Mercy

Posted April 18, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 18, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team went on the road Tuesday afternoon for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Mount Mercy (Iowa) University.  The Vikings lost game one in a pitchers’ duel, 2-0, then fell by a 5-1 score in game two.

 

Missouri Valley opened the first game by putting a runner in scoring position.  Junior Leftfielder Manny Becerra (San Carlos, Venezuela) reached on a fielder’s choice, and stole second base, but was let stranded to end the inning.  Senior Pitcher Temesh Lourens (Willemstad, Curacao) worked around a two-out error in the bottom half of the inning, ending the threat with a strikeout.  The Mustangs put runners on base in the bottom of the second inning, thanks to a pair of singles and a walk, but Lourens kept the game scoreless after covering first on a grounder to end the inning.  Missouri Valley came back with a pair of two-out base hits, coming from Senior Shortstop Cody Price (Boise, Idaho) and Becerra, in the third inning, but the two were left stranded.  Mount Mercy came back with its best inning at the plate in the bottom of the third, working a pair of walks and a double to score the opening run.  The Mustangs brought home a second run on a grounder, and put MVC in a 2-0 deficit.  The Vikings produced just one more base hit over the final four innings of play, a double from Senior Rightfielder Bryce Burdette (Shawnee, Kan.) in the fourth.  Missouri Valley was unable to string together a late rally, and lost game one, 2-0.

 

Price had two hits in the game, while Becerra, Freshman Third Baseman Ryan Mink (Cave Creek, Ariz.) and Burdette each had one hit.  Lourens picked up the loss, going 2.1 innings with three hits and two earned runs.  Sammie Hargrave pitched three shutout innings in relief.

 

Game two opened with Missouri Valley falling into an early deficit, as Mount Mercy strung together a pair of singles and a stolen base to score the opening run of the game in the bottom of the first inning to make the score 1-0.  After the Vikings went down in order in the second inning, the Mustangs opened the bottom half of the inning with a pair of singles.  After Senior Pitcher Shaquille Lacroes (Willemstad, Curacao) got the next two batters out, the Mustangs drew a pair of walks to bring a run home.  Mount Mercy left the bases loaded after Lacroes ended the inning with a strikeout, but MVC trailed, 2-0.  Junior Second Baseman Kyler Hecker (Eatonville, Wash.) reached on a single in the third, and later, Price was hit to put two runners on base, but the Vikings left the two stranded.  Both teams struggled from the plate over the next several innings.  Freshman Designated Hitter Shane Clark (Kitchener, Ontario) had a single in the fourth, and Burdette added a single in the fifth, but Missouri Valley could not produce any runs.  Mount Mercy had just one baserunner in the third, fourth and fifth innings, and Lacroes earned two strikeouts during the span.  The Mustangs came through with a rally in the sixth, using four hits and one error to bring home three runs, and increase its lead to 5-0.  Missouri Valley did get a run home in the seventh, as Burdette hit a two-out solo homer, but it was not enough, as the Vikings lost by a 5-1 score.

 

Burdette finished with two hits, one run scored and one RBI, to lead the team.  Sophomore Centerfielder Lucas Jacobi (Granby, Ct.), Clark and Hecker each had one hit.  Lacroes picked up the loss, after pitching six innings with nine hits and two earned runs, with four strikeouts.

 

The pair of losses drop Missouri Valley to 16-27 overall and 6-18 in the Heart.  Mount Mercy improves to 16-24 on the season and 8-16 in conference play.

 

Up next, the Viking baseball team plays a Heart series at Evangel (Mo.) University in Springfield, Mo., Friday and Saturday.  Friday’s doubleheader starts 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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