MVC Baseball Drops Doubleheader to Northwestern SaturdayPosted March 8, 2014
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MVC BASEBALL DROPS DOUBLEHEADER TO NORTHWESTERN SATURDAY
Marshall, Mo. (March 8, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team is in Tucson, Ariz., for the Tucson Invitational. The Vikings opened play against Northwestern (Iowa) College, and lost both games of the doubleheader 13-4 and 16-9.
In the first game of the day the Vikings jumped out to an early lead. Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) led off the first inning with a double, and was later brought in on a single from Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.). MVC added to its lead in the second inning, as again a lead-off hit led to a run. Sophomore Rightfielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) led the inning with a single, and was brought home on a single from Junior Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) to put MVC up 2-0. Warchuck scored a second run after starting the second inning with a triple, and brought home by a Junior First Baseman Josh Hartin (Washburn, Mo.) single later in the inning. Doerhoff started well on the mound for MVC allowing just one run in the first three innings of work. However, Northwestern pulled ahead of MVC with five runs in the fourth inning, to lead 6-2, then Northwestern padded its lead with seven runs in the sixth inning. MVC was able to get one of those runs back when Warchuck led the seventh inning off with a single, and was later brought home, once again by Corona, but MVC was defeated 14-4 in the first game.
Leading MVC from the plate was Warchuck who finished 3 for 4, scoring three runs. Corona went 2 for 4 from the plate with two RBI’s, while Doerhoff went 2 for 3 for MVC. Senior Pitcher Reggie Hancock (Montesano, Wash.) got the loss in relief for MVC.
MVC again got an early lead in game two against Northwestern, as Warchuck led off the first inning with a walk. He was brought home when Junior Second Baseman Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) knocked a double one batter later to put MVC up 1-0. Northwestern was able to tie the game in the second inning with one run, but the third inning proved to be the difference. Northwestern plated 10 runs in the third innings to turn a 1-1 game into an 11-1 deficit for the Vikings. MVC was able to cut into the Northwestern lead with four runs in the fourth inning. The inning started with singles from Freshman Catcher Bryce Burdette (Frontenac, Kan.) and Junior Designated Hitter Garrett Burke (Sugarland, Texas), both were late brought home. Later in the inning, Warchuck singled, followed by a Felz double. Both were brought in by a Hartin double, and MVC trailed by an 11-5 score. Northwestern got a run back in the fifth inning, but MVC scored two runs in the sixth inning, getting a single from Hartin and a double by Doerhoff, allowing both to score. However, Northwestern got two more insurance runs in the seventh inning, and held off MVC in the 16-9 victory.
Leading MVC was Felz who was 2 for 4 with a run scored, while Sophomore Leftfielder Derrick Leeper (Hamilton, Mo.) was 2 for 3. Warchuck and Burke both scored twice for MVC. Senior Pitcher Brady Nowak (Belleville, Ill.) picked up the loss for MVC.
The losses drop MVC to 0-6 on the season while Northwestern improves to 14-3.
The Vikings will play a doubleheader with Dakota Wesleyan University Sunday in Tucson, Ariz., at 9 a.m. local time.
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 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.