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CMU takes pair from Vikings

Monday, April 16, 2012

The Missouri Valley College baseball team dropped the first two contests in a four-game Heart of America Conference East Division series Saturday against visiting Central Methodist, 5-3 and 9-0.

The second doubleheader will be played Tuesday after being postponed Sunday due to wet grounds at Osage Field.

The Vikings took an early 2-0 lead in the opener on first-inning singles by seniors Geread Filippi and Matt Burton. The Eagles tied it with a pair of runs in the fourth, coming in on doubles by senior Dustin Ray and freshman Eli Bowers.

Ray tripled in the go-ahead run and scored on Bowers' single in the sixth, but Valley got one of those runs back during its next turn when senior Deante Bernstine slugged a solo homer.

However, that was the last hit for the Vikings against sophomore southpaw Rhett Quinlan -- like Ray, a Boonville product. Methodist tacked on another run in the seventh on an error.

Junior left-hander Drew Greiwe threw a five-hit shutout in the late game, striking out seven. The Eagles (17-16, 9-8 HAAC) banged out 13 hits to support him, getting their first run from senior Mark Gessner's single in the first and three more in the third. Junior Mike Allen singled and came in on a sacrifice fly, sophomore Mason Merson singled in a run and an error allowed the final tally to cross.

Bowers smashed a solo shot for the first of two CMU runs in the sixth and three more runs were added in the seventh on Gessner's triple, the Vikings' fourth boot of the game and junior Kyle Poynter's base hit.

It was the sixth time this season Valley (4-33-1, 1-17) has been shut out, the fifth in league play.

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