By THE HERALD-WHIG
Jose Rivas and the Hannibal-LaGrange baseball team's defense were nearly perfect Tuesday in Hannibal, Mo.
Rivas threw a no-hitter to help the Trojans sweep a non-conference doubleheader against Missouri Valley College. He allowed three base runners in a 5-0 win.
HLGU won Game 1 8-6 after falling behind 6-0.
During Rivas' no-hitter, the Vikings had two runners reach base on walk and the other reach on an error by the Trojans. HLGU (13-14) scored all five of its runs in the fourth inning.
Ian Sikes and Drew Morecraft walked to start the inning before Blake Zurliene got hit by a pitch to load the bases. Thad McVeigh picked up an RBI by walking before Derrick Shawn drove in two runs with a single. The Trojans also scored when Sikes walked and Clint Hamilton was hit by a pitch.
In Game 1, Missouri Valley (2-15) scored six runs in the third inning to take the lead. HLGU cut the lead to 6-2 in the fourth inning. The Trojans went ahead in the sixth inning, scoring six runs.
Travis Mundahl singled in Brandon Bennett and Andrew Pollard for the game-winning runs. McVeigh also picked up two RBIs for the Trojans.
Charles Rapp earned the win, striking out one in three innings of work.
Evangel 0-3, Culver Stockton 1-1: Brock Kartheiser threw a three-hit shutout to help the Wildcats earn a Heart of America Athletic Conference split with the Crusaders (18-11, 5-3).
C-SC (12-17, 4-8 HAAC) scored its only run on a sacrifice fly by first baseman Genge Nanney. The Wildcats only had two hits in the game, a single by Kartheiser in the second inning and a single by Nanney in the fifth.
In Game 2, Evangel scored a run in the first and two runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead and never trailed. Crusaders started Sam Garrison scattered seven hits over seven innings.
Danny Carroll scored on a passed ball in the fifth inning for C-SC's only run.
C-SC gets swept: The Wildcats dropped a pair of games on the road to HAAC foe Missouri Valley in Marshall, Mo.
The Vikings won Game 1 4-2 and Game 2 6-5. Bailey Gengenbacher and Carly Thompson both went 2 for 3 at the plate for C-SC (6-13, 0-2 HAAC) in the first game. Emily Orf and Rachel Dixon also drove in runs. In the nightcap, Carly Thompson went 3 for 5 at the plate.
HLGU 11-9, Stephens College 5-0: The Trojans earned an American Midwest Conference sweep after breaking open a 5-4 lead in Gmae 1 by plating three runs in the sixth and seventh innings.
Kachina Hudson drove in a game-high five RBIs for HLGU (10-8, 5-1 AMC).
Sarah Morris threw a complete game, striking out eight to pick up the win. Morris went 2 for 2 with four RBIs in the Trojans' 9-0 win in the nightcap.