MVC Baseball Takes On NCAA Division I Kansas
MARSHALL, MO - The Missouri Valley College baseball team went on the road Thursday evening to play the NCAA Division I Kansas Jayhawks in Lawrence, Kan. The game came was scheduled just a day ago, and was the first game for Missouri Valley College against a NCAA Division I team since March of 2009 when the Vikings played KU. On a chilly Thursday evening the Vikings fell to Kansas 10-1.
Starting on the mound Thursday for MVC was Senior Pitcher Jordan Amlong, who despite pitched well through the first 2.2 innings, giving up just one run on two hits. Kansas eventually got to Amlong in the third inning, scoring three runs with two outs to take a 4-0 lead. The Vikings put their first runner on base in the fourth inning when Junior Second Baseman Tim Roddy led off with a single, but he was eventually caught stealing, and the Vikings could not get another runner on base in the inning. Kansas put three more runs on the board in the bottom of the fourth inning, this time of Junior Pitcher Brady Nowak and took a 7-0 lead into the fifth. For the second straight inning the Vikings go their leadoff man aboard as Junior First Baseman Josh Hartin reached on an error. Hartin eventually reached third base, but was left stranded to end the inning. After Kansas failed to score in their fifth inning at-bat, the Vikings put their leadoff man on base for the third straight inning in the sixth when Freshman Leftfielder Anthony Patchin reached on an error, but again the Vikings failed to get the runner across home plate. After Kansas was kept scoreless for the second straight inning in the bottom of the sixth, and the Vikings put another runner on base in the seventh inning when Hartin laced a two-out single into leftfield, but he was left stranded. Kansas put three more runs on the board in the bottom of the seventh inning and extended their lead to 10-0. The lone Viking run came in the top of the eighth inning. With Junior Pinch Hitter Tyler Siem on first after reaching on a walk, Freshman Second Baseman Bryce Ash put one into rightfield, which was eventually misplayed. The error allowed Siem to score and Ash to take second base. Siem's run capped off the scoring with Kansas downing MVC 10-1.
Leading the way for the Vikings was Hartin who finished two for four. Picking up one hit apiece were Ash, Roddy, Freshman Shortstop Devin Burnworth and Sophomore Third Baseman Ruben Paniagua. Picking up the loss was Amlong who went 2.2 innings giving up four hits and four runs, three earned. Freshman Pitcher Kevin Key and Junior Pitcher Reginald Hancock each pitched two innings giving up just one hit apiece in relief. The loss drops MVC to 2-23 on the season while Kansas improves to 20-12. The Vikings last played Kansas in March of 2009 when the Jayhawks beat MVC 10-3. The Vikings will be in action Saturday when they travel to Fayette, Mo. for a doubleheader with Central Methodist University. First game gets underway at 1:00 p.m.