Viking Baseball Splits Thursday with Top 10 Central Methodist

Posted April 27, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 27, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College baseball traveled to Fayette, Mo., for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with No. 5 Central Methodist (Mo.) University Thursday afternoon.  The Vikings fell in the first game, 12-0, but came back to earn a split with a 6-5 victory in game two.

 

Missouri Valley threatened in the top of the first inning, as Sophomore Centerfielder Lucas Jacobi (Granby, Ct.) opened with a walk, and was followed later in the inning with a single from Junior Leftfielder Manny Becerra (San Carlos, Venezuela).  However, both were left stranded to end the inning.  Senior Pitcher Shaquille Lacroes (Willemstad, Curacao) took down CMU in order in the bottom half, ending the inning with a strikeout.  After a scoreless second inning, Central Methodist put together a rally in the bottom of the third.  The first four batters reached safely, with two runs coming home on an error during the sequence.  In all, Central Methodist scored four runs on three hits, and the one MVC error, to grab a 4-0 lead.  Senior Third Baseman Jeremy Shull (Kansas City, Mo.) singled in the top of the fourth, but MVC could not cut into its deficit.  The Eagles added another two runs in the bottom of the fourth, but Senior Pitcher Ronald Bloem (Willemstad, Curacao) got out of a bases loaded jam pitching in relief to keep the CMU lead at 6-0.  Central Methodist scored another three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to finish out a 12-0 victory.

 

Becerra, Shull, Senior Catcher Bryce Burdette and Designated Hitter Tyler White each had one hit.  Lacroes picked up the loss, going 3.2 innings while giving up five hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts.

 

Game two featured both teams kept to a scoreless first inning, but Central Methodist took a lead with a run in the bottom of the second inning.  Senior Pitcher Temesh Lourens (Willemstad, Curacao) got out of the inning with a strikeout to strand one CMU baserunner.  The Vikings answered back in the third, producing a run without registering a hit.  Freshman Third Baseman Ryan Mink (Cave Creek, Ariz.) was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a sac-bunt, then took third in a groundout.  Mink came home to score on a balk by the Central Methodist pitch, and tied the contest at 1-1.  Lourens took down the Eagles in order in the bottom half of the inning, followed by a solo homer from Becerra to open the fourth, giving MVC a 2-1 lead.  Central Methodist came back with a solo homerun of its own in the bottom half of the inning to move the score to 2-2.  The Eagles went back on top in the fifth, scoring two runs on two hits to hold a 4-2 lead.  Missouri Valley followed with a rally in the sixth.  Shull started things off with a one-out single, while Burdette and Freshman First Baseman Brent Heckemeyer (St. Thomas, Mo.) were both hit to load the bases.  Mink walked to bring home the first run, while Junior Leftfielder Kyler Hecker (Eatonville, Wash.) belted a double to clear the bases and give MVC a 6-4 lead.  The Eagles were unable to respond in the bottom half of the inning as Lourens struck out two and took CMU down in order.  Missouri Valley went into the bottom of the seventh holding a two-run lead, but Central Methodist put pressure on the Vikings.  With two outs, Lourens hit a batter to extend the inning.  A base hit allowed the runner to score, and a double put the tying run at third and winning run at second base.  Lourens finished off the game with a fly out to right, securing a 6-5 victory for Missouri Valley.

 

Senior Shortstop Cody Price (Boise, Idaho) finished with two hits, while Becerra had one hit, one run score, one RBI and solo homerun.  Burdette had on hit and a run scored while Mink scored two runs and added one RBI.  Hecker finished with one hit and three RBI’s.  Lourens picked up the win, pitching a complete game with five hits and four earned runs and eight strikeouts.

 

Missouri Valley moves to 17-32 on the season and 7-23 in Heart play.  Central Methodist falls to 37-13 overall and 21-9 in the conference.

 

The Viking baseball team will continue its series at Central Methodist with a doubleheader Friday at 2 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.

 

 

 

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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