The Missouri Valley College baseball team is having a hard time coming up with a win, even at home.
The Vikings dropped a pair of non-conference games Tuesday to the College of the Ozarks, 7-2 and 14-13, to lose for the 10th time in the last 11 outings.
Senior Willy Hoey went the distance for the Bobcats in the opener, although he yielded 10 hits -- the same as his team got for him. The difference was that Valley hit into a pair of double plays and stranded nine runners on base.
Junior Adam Coleman began a game-tying two-run rally for the Vikings in the bottom of the second with a two-out double, scoring on a single by junior Tony Barrow -- who came in later on an error.
Ozarks broke the deadlock with three runs in the fourth, the first crossing on a bases-loaded walk and the next two plated by freshman Tony Pentecost's triple. Five errors in the seventh gave the Bobcats a pair of insurance runs.
The nightcap was a wild affair, with Ozarks' seven-run second inning -- keyed by a two-run by senior Denton Wolf, followed by sophomore Malachi Melton's homer -- gave the visitors a substantial lead.
Trailing 14-2, Valley made a charge with seven runs in the fifth, two scoring on both Coleman's single and a double by freshman Mike Bennett.
The Vikings got RBI singles from seniors Matt Burton and Zach Walden and a run-scoring double by Barrow to close to within a run in the sixth. However, senior reliever Dustin Loggins got out of the jam and then pitched around a two-out error in the seventh to save the victory for the Bobcats (10-15).
Sophomore Stefan Weinrich and junior Mike Perkins each pitched a scoreless inning of relief for Valley (2-13-1), which begins Heart of America Conference with a home doubleheader Saturday against Avila.