Missouri Valley Baseball Falls on the Road to Evangel

Posted April 23, 2017

Marshall, Mo. (April 23, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team went on the road Sunday for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Evangel (Mo.) University.  The Vikings fell in the first game 6-3, then fell; 13-5, in game two.


The first game opened with Missouri Valley getting a pair of singles from Sophomore Centerfielder Lucas Jacobi (Granby, Ct.) and Senior Shortstop Cody Price (Boise, Idaho). After a sacrifice bunt from Junior Leftfielder Manny Becerra (San Carlos, Venezuela), Jacobi moved to third base, and he was able to score when Senior Infielder Jeremy Shull (Kansas City, Mo.) grounded out to second. At the top of the first, Evangel were able to get two runs from two hits to take the lead after Freshman Third Baseman Ryan Mink (Cave Creek, Ariz.) bobbled which allowed Evangel to reach base. In the 2nd inning, Senior Infielder Jacob Scribner (Raymore, Mo.) reached on a walk, but was unable to score. Evangel was also unable to score in the second. At the bottom of the third, Evangel had a player reach on a walk, who stole base and eventually scored after they got another hit, and they stole base a few more times in the inning as they scored 4 runs in total with one left on base. In the fourth, Missouri Valley had both Shull and Burdette reach on walks, but they were both left on base. At the top of the seventh, Vargas singled to left, before Junior Second Baseman Kyler Hecker (Eatonville, Wash.) hit a two run homer, but the Vikings fell in game one; 6-3.


Jacobi, Vargas, and Hecker all had one run each for Missouri Valley.  Junior Pitcher Ben Tracey (Shoreline, Wash.) picked up the loss, pitching five innings with seven hits and four earned runs.


Game two opened with Evangel getting five runs in the first inning, with one left on base. They were able to build on their lead at the bottom of the second with another run from two hits. At the top of the third, Missouri Valley shortened the deficit when Hecker singled to center, then advanced to second after a wild pitch. Hecker was able to score when Jacobi singled, but Jacobi was left on base. Evangel responded getting three runs from just one hit. Missouri Valley got two hits in the fourth inning, when Shull and Freshman Infielder Brent Heckemeyer (Saint Thomas, Mo.) both singled. Burdette reached first on a walk but two players were left on base when Heckemeyer was forced out. Evangel scored four runs at the bottom of the fifth, Missouri Valley responded at the top of the sixth when Shull singled down the right field line, Mink singled to left, Heckemeyer singled to right, Burdette singled to center and Shull and Mink were able to score. Three runners were left on base. In the seventh inning, Evangel scored two runs, getting three hits, and Missouri Valley fell, 13-5.


Shull finished with three hits, one run scored and one RBI, to lead the team.  Hecker had three hits and one run.  Lacroes picked up the loss, after pitching 1.2 innings with seven hits and four earned runs.


The pair of losses drop Missouri Valley to 16-29 overall and 6-20 in the Heart.  Evangel improves to 25-23 on the season and 12-16 in conference play.


Up next, the Viking baseball team plays a doubleheader at Evangel (Mo.) University in Springfield, Mo., Sunday, game one starts at 1pm.

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