MVC Rallys for Game One Win Over Culver-StocktonPosted April 18, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 18, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team hosted Culver-Stockton College Friday evening in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at Indian Foothills Park. The Vikings needed extra-innings but defeated Culver-Stockton in game one by a 4-3 score. The Vikings held an early lead in game two but lost to Culver-Stockton 6-3.
The Vikings looked to grab an early lead in game one, loading the bases with two outs. However, MVC left the bases loaded to end the inning with the score tied at 0-0. CSC came out and grabbed the lead in the top of the second inning, scoring two runs on two hits to move ahead 2-0. The Vikings responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the innings. Both runs came home when Third Baseman Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) knocked a 1-0 pitch over the right field fence to tie the game at 2-2. It was Duffy’s third home run of the season. Junior Starting Pitcher Dom Smith (Sedalia, Mo.) settled down after giving up two runs in the second inning and kept CSC scoreless through the fifth inning. In the bottom of the fifth the Vikings grabbed their first lead of the game. Senior Centerfielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) doubled to lead the inning off and was later brought home Sophomore Right Fielder Jake Stafford (Richmond, Mo.) knocked a two-out single just past second base to put MVC up 3-2. Culver-Stockton responded in the top of the sixth inning, scoring a run to tie the game at 3-3, but left the bases loaded to end the inning. MVC had a chance to reclaim the lead in the bottom of the sixth, but left runners on the corners to end the inning. CSC put runners on base in the seventh inning, but neither team was able to break the tie, sending the game into extra-innings. The Vikings kept Culver-Stockton from scoring in the top of the eighth inning, giving themselves a chance to win the game in the bottom half of the inning. Sophomore First Baseman Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo.) led the innings off by reaching on an error and Duffy followed with a walk. The two advanced up a base each with a passed ball and Junior Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) was intentionally walked, letting Warchuck come to the plate with the bases loaded and no one out. Warchuck ended the game with a single up the middle to score the winnings run and end the game with a 4-3 MVC victory.
Leading the way for MVC was Warchuck who was three for five from the plate with a run scored and one RBI. Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) and Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) each went two for four from the plate while Duffy hit third home run of the season to tie him with Sophomore Left Fielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) for the team lead. Smith went five innings giving up four hits and three runs with one strikeout, but picked up a no decision. The win went to Garrett Burke who went 2.1 innings without giving up any hits or any runs for MVC.
Game two started with MVC jumping out to an early lead. After keeping CSC off the board in the first inning the Vikings started the inning with Warchuck doubling to left-center. He was brought home on the next at-bat when Felz singled to left field putting MVC up 1-0. CSC responded in the top of the second inning and used two hits a walk and a hit-by-pitch to score three runs and move ahead 3-1. Culver-Stockton added two more runs in the top of the third inning to move ahead 5-1. The Vikings were able to load the bases in the bottom of the fourth inning, but left all three base runners stranded to end the inning. MVC was unable to put a dent in the CSC lead in the fifth or sixth innings, but put some pressure on Culver-Stockton in the seventh. Junior Second Baseman Tim Roddy (Yakima, Wash.( led the inning off with a walk and Warchuck followed with a double to deep right field. Corona brought both runners home later in the inning with a one-out single to right field, however Culver-Stockton held off the MVC comeback attempt and defeated the Vikings 6-3.
Leading the way for MVC was Warchuck who was two for four with two runs scored. Blakemore was two for three from the plate and Corona was one for four with two RBI’s. Junior Starting Pitcher Branden Evans (Richmond, Mo.) picked up the loss going 2.1 innings with six hits and five earned runs.
The Vikings move to 9-27 overall and 8-14 in HAAC play while Culver-Stockton moves to 21-19 on the season and 12-8 in conference play.
The Vikings will continue their series with Culver-Stockton Saturday with a doubleheader at Indian Foothills Park. Game one of the doubleheader will start at 1 p.m.
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