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Vikings pick up first HAAC win

Monday, March 26, 2012

The Missouri Valley College baseball team snapped an eight-game losing streak Saturday with a 4-2 Heart of America Conference victory at Benedictine.

The doubleheader was originally scheduled to play at Osage Field, but was moved due to wet grounds.

Senior Weston Loftin went the distance for the Vikings, allowing eight hits and walking four batters -- but also stranding eight runners and getting help from three double plays. Loftin struck out 12 en route to his team-high third win.

The Vikings took a 2-1 lead in the second inning and added two runs in the fourth. Freshman Alex Lator had three hits, scored a run and knocked in a runner and freshman Corey Marcks had a pair of RBIs.

The Ravens (7-14, 1-3 HAAC) put up an eight-spot in the bottom of the first inning in the nightcap, winning 11-0. Senior Josh Piper had three hits and drove in three runs and senior Lukas Leeper tossed a one-hitter during his six innings of work.

Valley made a 330-mile trek, after a brief overnight stop at home, to Lebanon, Ill., Sunday -- dropping a pair of non-conference games at NCAA Division II member McKendree, 5-2 and 11-9.

The early game was tied 1-1 before the Bearcats broke out with three-run by senior Brandyn Snider in the bottom of the second. After giving up a run on two hits in the fourth, sophomore Ben Dallesaase allowed only two hits and no runs the rest of the way to make the lead stand.

Snider's two-run, two-out single capped a six-run first inning for McKendree in the nightcap, but the Vikings rallied from an 8-1 deficit to tie the game with seven runs in the third.

Junior Troy Langan led off with a double, Lator singled and a walk loaded the bases. Senior Geread Filippi singled in the first run, the second was forced in with a free pass and two more came in on freshman Garrett Burke's single.

Freshman Mike Bennett plated a run with a double, a sacrifice fly for Burke home and Langan had his second hit of the inning to drive in the final run.

However, the Bearcats (7-21) answered with two runs in their half of the frame and an unearned insurance run in the sixth while junior Patrick Thole held Valley to one run over the next four innings.

Burke and freshman Josh Felz each had a pair of RBIs for the Vikings (4-18-1, 1-3), who are scheduled to return home Tuesday for a league tilt against MidAmerica Nazarene.



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