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Vikings lose four in Omaha

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The biggest blow for the Vikings over the weekend was senior Ian Gray's three-run homer Saturday against Bellevue (Neb.).
(Chris Allen/Democrat-News)
OMAHA -- The Missouri Valley College baseball team wasn't able to put both hitting and pitching together over the weekend, losing all four non-conference games at Omaha.

Host Bellevue swept a doubleheader Friday, neither game going the full seven innings. The Bruins rolled to a 13-3, six-inning victory in the opener and got a five-inning no-hitter junior Eric Locke in the nightcap for a 10-0 whitewash.

Bellevue took the early game Saturday, 9-5, but the Vikings had a chance in the getaway game before William Penn (Iowa) scored the winning run for a 5-4 decision.

The Bruins put Valley in the hole early to begin their three-game series, racking up five runs in the bottom of the second inning, getting back-to-back two-run doubles from juniors Hector Morales and Junior Martinez.

Morales had another RBI double and came in on Martinez' single during Bellevue's three-run third.

The Vikings got their bats going in the fifth with five hits, both runs crossing on freshman Josh Hartin's single, but lost a runner on a failed steal attempt and left two on base. Bellevue got both of those runs back in the bottom half of the frame on senior Anthony Bazant's single.

Senior Sebastian Salas doubled in Valley's final run in the sixth, but the Bruins tallied three times and ended the game on junior Jeremy Camacho's single up the middle.

A 5-foot-9 lefthander, Locke issued only two walks and struck out six in tossing a 70-pitch no-no late Friday. He was given immediate support with a pair of runs on Bazant's single in the first.

Bazant added a base-loaded triple in the second, driving in five runs in two at-bats, and Bellevue closed with three runs on one hit, an error, two walks and two wild pitches -- the last one allowing the game-ending run to cross.

The Vikings got a little more going from the plate Saturday, but played from behind after Bellevue put up a five-spot in the second inning -- the last two runs coming in on Martinez' double.

Junior Brandon Thompson singled in a run in the top of the third before Valley got on the board with a pair of runs on junior Deante Bernstein's double in its half of the inning.

Thompson smashed a two-run homer in the fifth as the Bruins (24-17) extended their lead to 9-2, before senior Ian Gray narrowed the margin with a three-run shot for MVC. Bellevue turned to the bullpen for the first time in the series and got two-and-two-thirds hitless, scoreless frames from juniors Bradley Reeves and Jake Aylward.

The Vikings' closest game was the finale against William Penn, in which they didn't trail until the last batter.

In the top of the first, Gray doubled junior Zach Walden to third base, from where he scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Valley lead. The Statesmen tied it in the bottom of the stanza as junior Stanley Muller drew a lead-off walk and eventually came in on a sacrifice fly.

Sophomore Cody Moore, Walden and Gray singled to begin the MVC fifth -- all scoring on a two-out error. Senior Kyle Humphrey doubled in a run and was plated on an grounder to cut Penn's deficit to 5-4 by the end of the inning.

The Statesmen tied the game in the sixth when a wild pitch allowed a run after senior Richard Romero led off with a double. Salas stroked a two-out double for the Vikings in the top of the seventh, but was stranded there.

William Penn (22-22) got a two-out single from senior Dirck Jackman in the bottom of the seventh to claim the victory.

Valley (8-37) left eight runners on base, went 0 for three with the sacks packs and had no two-out RBIs during the contest. The Vikings were scheduled to close the season at home today against Heart of America Conference foe Graceland, but that doubleheader has been rained out and a make-up date has not yet been announced.

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