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Central Methodist sweeps Vikings in four games

Monday, April 11, 2011

FAYETTE -- The Missouri Valley College baseball team went to Central Methodist over the weekend hoping to find an elusive Heart of America Conference win.

The Vikings didn't get it, dropping all four East Division contests -- scoring only five runs -- to extend their league losing streak to 22 games.

Valley led for the only time of the series when junior Ben Elkin singled in a run in the second inning of Friday's opener. Junior Weston Loftin made it hold up until the fifth, when a walk and error put two Eagles on base for junior Brennen Wood to bring home with a go-ahead single.

A lead-off walk, a single by junior Dustin Ray of Boonville -- only the second hit allowed by Loftin -- a balk and sacrifice fly gave Methodist an insurance run in the sixth.

Sophomore Ryan Revoir yielded only three hits over six innings to pick up the win for the Eagles and junior Bryan Dominick pitched around a pair of walks in the seventh for the save.

Another former Pirate, freshman southpaw Rhett Quinlan, tossed a four-hit shutout for Methodist during a 4-0 win in the nightcap. Senior Thomas Brown singled in a pair of runs and scored on senior Adam Arnette's triple as the Eagles tallied three times in the second.

Valley never stood a chance in the early game Saturday, not after junior Raymond Fuentes' grand slam fueled an eight-run explosion in the bottom of the first inning for a 14-2 Eagle win.

The Vikings got both of their runs in the top of the second on doubles by freshman Josh Hartin, Elkin and sophomore Troy Langan -- but Ray led off the CMU half of the frame with a homer and Arnette added a two-run shot in the fourth.

The Eagles never trailed in the 7-2 finale, getting a two-run dinger from junior Matt Gessner in the third inning.

Hartin singled in a run for the Vikings in the fourth, but Methodist (19-19, 15-9 HAAC) plated two in the fifth on sophomore Steve Bazner's single and three more in the sixth on three errors and senior Dane Frazier's RBI double.

Valley (6-28, 0-22), which has averaged a league-low 1.82 runs per game, is scheduled to host Evangel for a four-game set starting Friday.

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