Viking Baseball Drops Two Games at Grand ViewPosted March 19, 2017
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Marshall, Mo. (March 19, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College baseball team traveled to Des Moines, Iowa, Sunday for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at Grand View (Iowa) University. The Vikings dropped both games, by scores of 11-0 and 5-2.
Game one opened with Missouri Valley getting a two-out single from Senior Shortstop Cody Price (Boise, Idaho), but MVC ended the inning with a runner stranded. Senior Pitcher Shaquille Lacroes (Willemstad, Curacao) worked through the Grand View order in the first inning, but Senior Catcher Bryce Burdette (Shawnee, Kan.) ended the inning by throwing out a GVU baserunner trying to steal second base. Grand View scored its first run of the game in the second inning, using a solo homer to go in front 1-0. The GVU lead stretched out to 8-0, as Grand View scored seven runs in the bottom of the third inning. Grand View sent 12 batters to the plate during the rally. The Viking deficit grew to 9-0 in the fourth, then increased to 11-0 in the fifth. Missouri Valley could only produce two more base hits in the final three innings, and fell to Grand View, 11-0.
Junior Centerfielder Manny Becerra (San Carlos, Venezuela), Price and Freshman First Baseman Brent Heckemeyer (St. Thomas, Mo.) all had one hit in the game. Lacroes pitched six innings, giving up 12 hits, but just two earned runs with four strikeouts.
Missouri Valley bounced back early in the second game, getting a leadoff walk from Burdette. After stealing second, Burdette moved to third on a groundout. He was brought home on a Price groundout, putting MVC up 1-0. Freshman Pitcher Trey Ramirez (Weslaco, Texas) worked around a double in the bottom of the first to leave GVU with one runner stranded. The Vikings added to their lead in the second as Sophomore Centerfielder Lucas Jacobi (Granby, Ct.) led off with a single, then stole second base. Later in the inning, Senior Catcher Turner Herbek (Pacific, Mo.) brought Jacobi home on a single, and MVC led, 2-0. Both teams failed to change the score, until the bottom of the fourth. Grand View started the inning with back-to-back singles. Both those baserunners came home to tie the game at 2-2. Burdette led off the fifth with a single, but Grand View ended the inning with a double-play. The score stayed 2-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, when GVU put together a rally. Grand View used one hit, but worked a pair of walks to put runners on base. Those runners were brought home on a three-run homerun, and Grand View went in front 5-2. Missouri Valley was unable to mount a late rally in the seventh inning, as the three Viking batters all struck out, ending the game with a 5-2 defeat.
Burdette and Jacobi each had one hit and one run scored. Senior Designated Hitter Jeremy Shull (Kansas City, Mo.) had one hit, and Herbek finished with one hit and one RBI. Ramirez picked up the loss, going 5.1 innings with four hits and five earned runs with four strikeouts.
The pair of losses drop Missouri Valley to 11-11 on the season and 2-4 in the Heart. Grand View improves to 10-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.
Up next, the Viking baseball team hosts Missouri Baptist University in a single nine-inning game, Tuesday at 3 p.m., at Indian Foothills Park.
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