MVC Baseball Drops Season Finale Doubleheader to Peru State, Will Play in HAAC TournamentPosted April 26, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 19, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team hosted Peru State College in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at Indian Foothills Park Saturday on Senior Day for the program. MVC lost game one in extra-innings by a 9-7 score and were taken down in game two 6-0.
The Vikings got out to a quick start in the first inning, putting Peru State down in order then scoring two runs in the bottom of half inning. The first two at-bats resulted in outs, but Junior Catcher Anthony Corona (Lee’s Summit, Mo.) singled to get the rally started. Corona was replaced on the bases by Sophomore Pinch Runner Derek Leeper (Hamilton, Mo.). The inning was extended when Junior Designated Hitter Josh Hartin (Washburn, Mo.) reached first on a dropped first strike. Leeper was brought home on a Sophomore Left Fielder Lucas Doerhoff (Jefferson City, Mo.) single and Hartin scored on a Sophomore Right Fielder Jake Stafford (Richmond, Mo.) ground-rule double down the right-field line. The ground-rule double kept Doerhoff at third base and the Vikings ended the inning up 2-0. Peru State responded in the top of the second with four runs to grab a 4-2 lead. The Bobcats extended their lead to 5-2 in the top of the third. MVC got one of those runs back in the bottom of the fifth when Junior Shortstop Josh Felz (Independence, Mo.) hit a sac-fly to center to score Senior Center Fielder Bobby Warchuck (Wichita, Kan.) from third, moving the game to a 5-3 Peru State lead. The Bobcats again responded after the Vikings drew closer by scoring two runs in the sixth to extend their lead to 7-3. The Vikings inched closer with one run in the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a Sophomore First Baseman Zac Blakemore (Kansas City, Mo.) double that scored Stafford. MVC went into the bottom of the seventh facing a three-run deficit and started the rally with Corona getting a one-out single and was replaced on the base paths by Leeper. Leeper scored on a dropped fly ball which would have ended the inning on a hit from Stafford. Hartin then scored on a throwing error on the same play which allowed Stafford to reach third. A passed ball during Blakemore's at-bat scored Stafford and MVC tied the game at 7-7. Neither team could get much going in the first two extra-innings, but the Vikings did have two runners in scoring position with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but couldn’t get the winning run to the plate. Peru broke through in the tenth with two runs to move ahead 9-7 then took down MVC in order to win the game.
Leading the way for MVC was Stafford who was two for four with two runs scored and two RBI’s. Warchuck was two for five with a run scored and Corona was two for five from the plate. Junior Pitcher Trevor Duffy (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) picked up the loss in relief going three innings with two hits and two earned runs.
Game two started with neither team able to get much going in the early innings from the plate. Junior Pitcher Dom Smith (Sedalia, Mo.) worked through the first three innings giving up just one hit and facing one over the minimum. The Vikings did threaten in the second inning when Stafford led the inning with a walk and a stolen base to sit at second base. He was moved to third on Blakemore ground out. The Vikings eventually had runners at the corners with two out when Duffy reached on a walk, but both were left stranded to end the inning. The scoreless game remained until the top of the fifth inning when two Viking errors resulted in the first run of the game. However, the inning ended when Smith caught a one-hop grounder with his pitching hand at the mound and threw the batter out a first base to strand two Bobcat runners. Peru State put four runs on the board to extend its lead to 5-0 in the top of the sixth inning. The Vikings were able to get a lead-off walk from Felz in the bottom half of the inning, but he was stranded on at first to end the at-bat for MVC. Peru State added another run in the seventh inning and took down the Vikings in order in the seventh as MVC lost the second game of the doubleheader 6-0.
Leading the way for MVC from the plate was Felz who recorded the only hit for MVC along with a walk. Smith picked up the loss going five innings giving up five hits and three earned runs with three strikeouts.
The Vikings fall to 10-31 to end the regular season along with a HAAC mark of 9-17. Peru State improves to 30-17 overall and 16-10 in conference play.
The Vikings did qualify for the HAAC Postseason Tournament in Joplin, Mo., at Wendell Redden Stadium. MVC will play in the postseason tournament for the first time since the 2010 season. The full HAAC Tournament schedule will be announced at a later time, but the first games will be played Thursday.
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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.