MVC Baseball Splits Saturday Doubleheader with Culver-StocktonPosted April 19, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 19, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team hosted Culver-Stockton College Saturday in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader. MVC won the first game in dramatic fashion 12-6, but lost the second game by a 17-3 score.
The Vikings got out early against CSC with a big first inning. MVC gave up a run in the top fo the first but got back-to-back singles from Senior Center Fielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) and Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) to begin the bottom of the first. After Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) reached on an error that helped to score Warchuck, Junior Designated Hitter Josh Hartin (Washburn, Mo.) knocked a single to score Felz. The next batter, Sophomore Left Fielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) belted a three-run home run for the Vikings to move ahead by a 5-1 score. MVC capped off the scoring later in the inning when Junior Second Baseman Zach McGill (Richmond, Mo.) grounded out but brought home Sophomore Right Fielder Jake Stafford (Richmond, Mo.), and the Vikings led by a 6-1 score after one inning. CSC responded with three runs in the top of the second inning, but MVC got all three of those runs back. Corona singled to start the inning and was eventually brought home off a Doerhoff sac-fly to right. Also, a Stafford double scored Hartin and a Duffy double later in the inning scored Stafford. The Vikings led 9-4 after two innings of play. Culver-Stockton responded with a run in the top of the third, but MVC scored a run also off a Felz homer to make it a 10-5 game. CSC crept back to a 10-6 deficit in the fourth, but MVC extended its lead in the bottom of the fifth thanks to a Hartin single that scored Warchuck and a Doerhoff single later in the inning that brought home Felz moving the Vikings ahead 12-6. That’s how things stayed through the top of the seventh with CSC looking to put together a rally. Culver-Stockton had two on with no outs, but a sharply hit ball to Doerhoff in left field resulted in a triple play as both CSC base runners were tagged out at their respective bases as the Vikings ended the game with that triple play, earning the 12-6 victory.
Leading the way for MVC was Doerhoff who was two for three with five RBI’s and a run scored. Doerhoff now has fourth home runs on the season. Also, Felz finished three for four with three runs scored and one RBI, hitting his second homer on the year. Hartin also had a multi-hit game, finished two for four with two RBI’s and two runs scored. Sophomore Starting Pitcher Kevin Key (Miranda, Venezuela) picked up the win going four innings with eight hits, six earned runs and three strikeouts.
Game two saw CSC come out early, leading by an 8-0 score after two innings. The first Viking run came on a solo homer by Junior Third Baseman Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) to make it an 8-1 deficit for the Vikings. Culver-Stockton eventually led by a 17-1 score late in the game, but MVC got two more runs in the seventh when Junior Second Baseman Tim Roddy (Yakima, Wash.) laced a triple down the right field line, bringing one run home. Roddy was able to reach home safely also on the play thanks to a throwing error and the game ended with a 17-3 loss for the Vikings.
Leading the way for MVC in the game was Duffy who was one for two with two runs scored and one RBI. He also hit his third home run of the season. Warchuck finished two for four from the plate.
The Vikings split Friday’s doubleheader with Culver-Stockton, winning the first game 4-3 but losing the second contest 6-3. The Vikings are now 10-28 overall and 9-15 in HAAC play while Culver-Stockton moves to 22-20 on the season and 13-9 in conference play.
The Vikings will are scheduled to be in action next on the road playing in Fulton, Mo., against William Woods University Tuesday at 6 p.m., in a nine-inning game.
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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.