MVC Baseball Drops Both Doubleheader Games at Graceland SundayPosted March 30, 2014
The Missouri Valley College baseball team wrapped up its four-game series with Heart of America Athletic Conference foe Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa Sunday with a doubleheader. MVC dropped the first game by a 5-2 score and lost the second game in a close 3-2 game.
The Vikings were put in an early deficit allowing Graceland to jump out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Graceland batted through the order in the inning and left the bases loaded. After the Vikings went down in order in their second inning at-bat, Graceland added to its lead with a run in the bottom of the second, making it at 4-0 game. MVC responded with a two-out rally in the third inning. After the first two batters struck out, Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) reached on a walk and Senior both Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) and Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) were hit by pitches. This loaded the bases, and a passed ball allowed McGill to score from third pulling MVC back into the game at 4-1. However, the Vikings were unable to put more runs on the board and stranded three runners on base to end the inning. MVC picked things up again in the fourth inning as Sophomore Rightfielder Jake Strafford (Richmond, Mo.) got on base with one out after being hit by a pitch. Junior Designated Hitter Garrett Burke (Sugarland, Texas) then moved Stafford to third base on a two-out single and a fielding error on a McGill hit allowed Strafford to score putting MVC down by a 4-2 score. Neither team threatened again until Graceland’s fifth inning at-bat. The YellowJackets scored one run on two hits and moved its lead out to 5-2 late in the game. The Vikings went down in order in the sixth, but threatened in the seventh inning. McGill started the inning with a single, and after two outs, Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) reached on a walk. However, both were left stranded and MVC lost the opening game 5-2.
Leading the way for MVC was McGill who was one for two with a run scored while Burke finished one for three from the plate. Starting Pitcher Dom Smith picked up the loss for MVC, while Junior Pitcher Guillermo Amezquita (Oxnard, Calif.) went 4.2 innings in relief with four hits, one earned run and six strikeouts.
Game two started with both teams unable to get much going in the first inning, as both teams accounted for one hit each, but weren’t able to bring any runs home. After MVC went down in order in the second inning, the Yellowjackets scored their first run of the game to lead 1-0. Pitching took over from there, as MVC Starter Freshman Justin Ramsey (Alvin, Texas) kept Graceland from scoring any more runs until the bottom of the fifth. However, MVC couldn’t get a run to cross home plate, only having five base runners through the fifth inning. The Yellowjackets extended its lead to 2-0 with a run in the fifth inning on two hits. The Vikings turned things around in the sixth inning as Sophomore Leftfielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) hit a solo home run to leftfield, moving MVC back to within a 2-1 score. Graceland got that run back in the bottom of the sixth inning, and the Vikings went into their last at-bat trailing 3-1. In the seventh, Warchuck got on-base with a two out single, and advanced to second on a fielding error. McGill brought Warchuck home with a single to left-center, but MVC could not get another run home and lost the second game by a 3-2 score.
Leading the way for MVC was Roddy who finished two for three from the plate, with Warchuck going two for four with a run scored. The loss went to Ramsey who went six innings giving up seven hits and three runs.
The losses drop MVC to 7-17 overall and 6-6 in HAAC play. Graceland moves to 14-15 on the season and 7-5 in conference play.
The Vikings are next scheduled to play Friday in a road doubleheader at Evangel University with the first game starting at 1 p.m. MVC will play at Evangel Saturday in a doubleheader also at 1 p.m.
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