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Thursday, 21 March 2013 09:56

Baker Splits with Missouri Valley

Josh Zach and the Wildcats return home Sunday to take on Graceland Josh Zach and the Wildcats return home Sunday to take on Graceland

MARSHALL, Mo. – The Baker University baseball team picked up its first Heart of America Athletic Conference win of the 2013 season on Tuesday with a two-game split at Missouri Valley.

The Wildcats won game one, 4-2, then fell to the Vikings in game two, 3-0. Baker is now 2-16 on the year and 1-3 in the HAAC. Missouri Valley now stands at 2-9 overall and 1-3 in the conference.

Baker jumped on Vikings pitcher Brady Nowak for a run in the third and fourth inning to go up 2-0.

In the third, Matt Fry led off with a single and then was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Tevin Thompson. Neal Boyce then came up and doubled to left field and scored Fry.

In the fourth, Bryan Kindle led off with a dropped fly ball by the MVC right fielder. Kindle then stole second base and then scored on another error on the Vikings defense.

Both teams went scoreless in the fifth inning and MVC finally but a run on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning off of starter Thomas Hawkins.

Baker had a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Mo Valley tied it up off of reliever Kyle Pattrick.

Pattrick came in to pitch at the beginning of the seventh inning and gave up a two-out single to Anthony Corona that scored Cody Moore.

In the eighth, Justin Lane knocked in Brett Lechien and Josh Ackerman singled in Charlie Coleman to put Baker up 4-2.

Pattrick then closed the door on the Vikings and the Wildcats picked up its first conference win of 2013.

In game two, Missouri Valley scored a run each in the first and second innings off of Ryan Lasneske. Baker sent three pitchers to the mound, as Lasneske went 3.1 innings and Justin Bye went 1.2 and Derek Schupp went the final inning.

The Wildcats managed four hits in the second game, as Lechien had two, Josh Zach collected one and Ackerman had the fourth.

Game One: Baker 4 – Missouri Valley 2 | Game Two: Baker 0 – Missouri Valley 3

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