MVC Baseball Sweeps Benedictine on the Road SaturdayPosted March 22, 2014
The Missouri Valley College baseball team went on the road to Atchison, Kan., for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with Benedictine College. The Vikings took game one by a 7-1 score and held off Benedictine to sweep the doubleheader with a 6-4 win.
The Vikings looked to take early control of the game in the top of the first inning having the bases loaded with two outs, but were unable to take the lead, leaving all three base runners stranded. Senior Starting Pitcher Brady Nowak (Belleville, Ill.) pitched well, keeping Benedictine scoreless in the first two innings giving up just two hits. MVC broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning. Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Indianapolis, Ind.) hit a one-out single, followed by Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) advanced Felz to third after reaching on an error. Two batters later, Sophomore Leftfielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) knocked a single into leftfield to bring Felz home, giving MVC a 1-0 advantage. The Ravens tied the game up in the bottom of the third inning, getting a two-out single that brought home the tying run, however MVC got out of the inning with Benedictine stranding two runners. The Vikings broke the tie in the fourth inning and grabbed control of the game. Sophomore First Baseman Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo.) led the inning with a single followed by Junior Designated Hitter Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) being hit by a pitch. After a sacrifice bunt and strikeout, Blakemore scored on an error that put Felz on base. Corona then reached base on an error that brought home Duffy. Later in the inning a wild pitch resulted in MVC’s third run of the inning when Felz crossed home plate to give MVC a 4-1 lead. Nowak kept MVC in the lead after pitching scoreless fourth and fifth innings, and the Vikings padded their lead in the top of the sixth when a Corona single to left-centerfield scored Junior Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) to give MVC a 5-1 advantage. The Vikings added two more insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning, on a Stafford single and McGill sac-fly to centerfield, and Senior Pitcher Reggie Hancock (Montesano, Wash.) closed the game out the game with two scoreless innings of work to give MVC a 7-1 win.
Leading the way for MVC was Doerhoff who was 2 for 4 from the plate with a run scored and an RBI. McGill was 1 for 2 for MVC with a run scored and an RBI while Felz scored twice and drove in a run. Nowak picked up the win going five innings, giving up five hits with one earned run and one strikeout.
Game two started out with neither team able to get much going in the first inning, but the Vikings took early control of the game in their second inning at-bat. Sophomore Rightfielder Jake Stafford (Richmond, Mo.) reached base with a one-out bunt, then advanced to third after Blakemore reached on an error. MVC then got back-to-back doubles from Duffy and Roddy that brought home Stafford and Blakemore to put MVC up 2-0. One pitch later, Duffy crossed home plate after a wild pitch, which also advanced Roddy to third. In that same at-bat, Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) knocked an infield single and MVC went up 4-0 after Roddy scored on the play. Sophomore Starting Pitcher Kevin Key (Miranda, Venezuela) held Benedictine scoreless in the first two innings, but did give up a run in the bottom of the third inning to shrink MVC’s lead to 4-1. The Vikings were taken down in order in the fourth and fifth innings, but Benedictine chipped away at the MVC lead by scoring a run in both innings to make it a 4-3 game. After both teams were kept scoreless in the sixth, the Ravens completed their comeback, tying the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Vikings broke the tie in the top of the eighth inning. The inning started with Warchuck getting on base with a single, then moving to second on a sacrifice bunt from Felz. Warchuck was brought home when Corona knocked a double down the rightfield line and was replaced by Freshman Bryce Burdette. Hartin followed with a single with an error allowing Burdette to score, making it a 6-4 Viking lead. MVC ended the inning with two runners still on base. Junior Relief Pitcher Matt Berieter (Sequim, Wash.) shutdown the Ravens in the final innings. Benedictine threatened in the bottom of the ninth inning, with two runners on base with two outs, but Berieter got a strikeout to end the game, and give MVC the doubleheader sweep with a 6-4 victory.
Leading MVC was Warchuck who finished 3 for 4 with a run scored and RBI. Hartin went 2 for 4 from the plate while Blakemore and Stafford both finished 1 for 3 with a run scored. Key went 6.2 innings giving up just three earned runs with three strikeouts, but Berieter picked up the win pitching 2.1 innings with two hits, no runs and three strikeouts.
MVC improves to 5-13 overall and 4-2 in HAAC play. Benedictine falls to 3-15 on the season and 1-5 in conference play.
The MVC baseball team will next play Tuesday in a home conference doubleheader with MidAmerica Nazarene University. First game of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1 p.m., at Indian Foothills Park.
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