The Missouri Valley College baseball team's struggles against the Heart of America Conference continued Tuesday as visiting Central Methodist completed the sweep of a four-game East Division series.
The Eagles broke a 5-5 tie with four runs in the top of the sixth inning to win the opener, 10-7. A triple by sophomore Neil Hansen, senior Dustin Ray's double and error produced the first two runs, with freshman Eli Bowers adding a two-run single.
The Vikings had taken their first lead of the game on senior Matt Burton's two-run pinch homer in the fourth, but Methodist answered with three runs in the fifth. Junior Mike Allen doubled and came in on an error and senior Brennen Wood and junior Kyle Poynter followed with RBI singles.
Singles by freshman Alex Lator, seniors Deante Bernstine and Zach Walden, and Burton allowed Valley to catch up in the bottom of the frame.
The Eagles gradually built a 9-1 lead through five innings and won the nightcap, 9-4. Wood went four for four and scored three times, including on a two-run homer in the third, and Bowers drove in three runs with two hits for Methodist (18-16, 10-8 HAAC).
Fans at Osage Field got a late thrill when freshman Ramon Perez smashed a two-run shot in the sixth for the Vikings (4-35-1, 1-19).
The loss was the 17th in a row in league play for Valley, which hosts Culver-Stockton for four games this weekend.