Valley swept in Oklahoma
MUSKOGEE, Okla. -- New NAIA member Bacone College showed it planned to be a player after moving up from the junior college level by taking both ends of a doubleheader with Missouri Valley on Friday at Muskogee, Okla.
The Warriors used strong pitching and timely hitting to take two close decisions, 4-2 and 5-4, winning the nightcap in their final at-bat. The Vikings were limited to just eight hits during the day.
Junior lefthander Johnny Spencer allowed just three hits in the opener for Bacone, which was tied 2-2 after senior Brad McCamus hit a solo homer for Valley. A shot by sophomore Durey Davis broke the deadlock in the fourth and the Warriors added an insurance run in the sixth -- not needed by Spencer, who blanked MVC during the final four frames.
Bacone jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning of the closer, but the Vikings got three runs back in the second and caught up in the next inning on senior Ryan Davis' tater.
Sophomore Michael Phinney held Valley scoreless the rest of the way, and junior David Nieto and senior Anthony Bernal threatened to do the same to the Warriors.
However, in the bottom of the seventh, a double down the left-field line by junior Mitch Miller pushed in freshman Daryll Cormier with the game-winner for Bacone (26-6).
The Vikings were scheduled to play No. 1-ranked Oklahoma City the next day, but the game was rained out. Valley (14-14) will be back home Wednesday for a clash with Heart of America Conference foe Baker.