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Valley drops pair in HAAC debut

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Avila's pitchers held the Missouri Valley College baseball team to eight hits and two runs during Saturday's Heart of America Conference doubleheader sweep at Osage Field.

Senior Chris Thomas dominated the opener for the Eagles, a 7-0 winner. The right-hander allowed only three hits and a walk, striking out 10, for his third shutout of the season while boosting his record to 6-0 and lowering his earned-run average to 1.15.

Avila scored three runs on two hits, including a two-run single by junior Cameron Luitwieler, in the top of the first inning. The Eagles added two more runs in the second, getting a one-out double from senior Tyler Herring and RBI singles by juniors Matt Ricketts and Brian Sagun.

After that, junior starter Brandon Cooper settled down and tossed three scoreless innings for the Vikings before Avila got two more runs in the sixth on senior Nick Field's single.

Freshman Anthony Corona had two of Valley's three hits.

Senior Jason Paul went the distance for the Eagles in the late game for a 7-2 decision. The big inning for the visitors was a five-run fourth, which was aided by five errors and two walks. Avila (18-3, 2-0 HAAC) had only two hits, a lead-off bunt single by senior Corwin Patis and senior Tyler Herrera's two-run double.

Junior Tony Barrow brought in a run for the Vikings with a single in the fifth and freshman Mike Bennett's double plated the game's final run in the seventh.

Valley (2-15-1, 0-2) was scheduled to play Monday at William Penn (Iowa) was postponed, so its next action will be Wednesday at Baker.

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