MVC Baseball Drops Games to Central Methodist FridayPosted April 11, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 11, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team hosted Central Methodist University in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader Friday at Indian Foothills Park. MVC dropped the first game by a 14-3 score. In game two the Vikings fell to CMU 7-4.
Game one started with neither team able to get much offense going, as the starting pitchers controlled much the early innings. Junior Starting Pitcher Brandon Evans (Richmond, Mo.) limited Central Methodist to just two hits in the first three innings and recorded one strikeout. MVC was able to pull ahead in the bottom of the third inning as Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) reached with one out on an error. Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) followed with a single to put runners at the corners with just one out. After CMU got the second out of the inning Sophomore Leftfielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) stepped to the plate and belted a three-run homerun over the left-centerfield fence, a distance of 375 feet, to put MVC in front 3-0. The lead was short lived, however, as CMU responded with nine runs on six hits in the top of the fourth inning to move ahead of the Vikings 9-3. Central Methodist added to its lead in the fifth inning with one run to make it a 10-3 game. The Vikings threatened in the bottom of the fifth, putting runners on the corners with two outs, but both base runners were left stranded to end the inning. CMU added three runs in the top of the sixth and another run in the top of the seventh to finish off the game and defeat MVC by a 14-3 score.
Leading the way for MVC was Corona who finished two for three from the plate. Doerhoff went one for three with three RBI’s, a run scored and his second homerun of the season. Evans picked up the loss going 3.1 innings giving up six hits, seven earned runs and striking out two.
Central Methodist got out to an early lead in game two against MVC, scoring a run in the top of the second inning. MVC was kept to just one base hit in the first two innings, but put things together in the bottom of the third. After back-to-back fielder’s choice outs the Vikings got a Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) single. The next batter, Felz hit a three-run home run over the left-centerfield fence to take a 3-1 lead. CMU wasted little time in getting back into the game, scoring two runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the Vikings at 3-3. After MVC went down in order in the bottom of the fourth, the Eagles were given an opportunity to score in the top of the fifth. A two-out error extended the inning for CMU and the next batter knocked a two-run homer to left-centerfield and moved ahead of MVC 5-3. The Vikings threatened in the bottom of the fifth, getting two-out singles from both Warchuck and Felz, but both were left stranded to end the inning. The Eagles added to their lead in the top of the sixth inning with one run, but MVC got out of the inning stranding CMU base runners at second and third. The Vikings tried to mount a rally in the seventh inning, getting a two-out RBI single from Felz, but eventually fell to CMU 7-4.
Leading the way for MVC was Felz who finished four for four from the plate with four RBI’s and a run scored. Also for MVC, Warchuck was two for four from the plate with a run scored. Key picked up the loss going 6.2 innings, giving up 11 hits with five earned runs. He also struck out three batters
The losses drop MVC to 7-25 on the season and 6-14 in HAAC play. CMU improves to 18-16 overall and 10-6 in conference play.
The Vikings and Eagles will continue their weekend series Saturday with a doubleheader at 1 p.m., at Indian Foothills Park.
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