MVC Softball Splits Pair of Games at Tucson Invitational Saturday

Posted March 8, 2014

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Andy Pulverenti, sports information director, (660) 831-4230,




Marshall, Mo. (March 8, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College softball team opened its 2014 season Saturday by playing two games at the Tucson Invitational. MVC lost its first game to University of Great Falls 4-0, but rebounded to take its second game of the day over Siena Heights University 11-7.


In the first game of the day against Great Falls, the Vikings fell behind by an early 4-0 score as Great falls plated all its runs in the first inning. MVC got one of those runs back in the top of the second, leading things off with a Sophomore Third Baseman Breanna Billups (Modesto, Calif.) walk. She was later brought home when Senior Outfielder Janelle Garcia (Oxnard, Calif.) singled to center. The Vikings got another run back in the third inning when Junior Outfielder Shelby Schmitz (Shelbyville, Mo.) led the inning with a single, followed by a Senior Second Baseman Kayla Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.) double. Schmitz was brought in on a Freshman Shortstop Kaya Naiwi (Nanakuli, Hawai’i) single. Despite the rally with no outs in the third inning, the Vikings were unable to keep the momentum going, eventually leaving the bases loaded. Starting Pitcher Senior Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) pitched well after the first inning, giving up just one more base hit, however, the Vikings were unable to get a runner past first base after the third inning, and Great Falls defeated the Vikings 4-2.


Leading MVC was Mochizuki who went 2 for 4 from the plate, while Naiwi and Garcia each had one hit and one RBI. Cobern picked up the loss going six innings, giving up five hits, four runs, two earned with four strike outs.


In game two, the Vikings got on top of Siena Heights early. With two outs in the top of the first, the Vikings put together a rally, with three-straight singles. Billups brought two runners home on her single, but was left stranded. The Vikings added another run in the second inning, after Junior Centerfielder Lisa Luna (Anaheim, Calif.) hit a lead-off triple, and was later brought home when Senior Cathcer Hannah Garcynzki (Palm Desert, Calif.) hit a sac-fly to right field. MVC added three more runs in the third inning, the first two coming on a Junior First baseman Lauren Alferos (Carson, Calif.) single to right field. Later in the inning, Luna singled to center, bringing home Billups, but the Vikings ended the inning by stranding two base runners. MVC’s went into the fourth inning with a 6-2 lead, but put the game out of reach, plating five runs in the innings. The big hit came early in the inning when Billups doubled down the right field line to bring two home. Alferos followed that up with a sac-fly to score the inning’s third run, and the fourth and fifth runs were scored following Siena Heights errors. MVC ended the inning with an 11-2 lead. Siena Heights didn’t go quietly, scoring five straight runs in the fifth and sixth innings, but MVC held on for an 11-7 victory.


Leading MVC was Billups who finished 2 for 3 from the plate, scoring twice, walking once and bringing home four runs. Naiwi, Davis and Luna all had two hits apiece for the Vikings. Naiwi and Davis also scored three times. Starting Pitcher Junior Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) picked up the win, going 5.2 innings giving up seven runs on nine hits.


MVC sits at 1-1 on the season following Saturday’s games.


Up next, the Vikings will play two more games Sunday in Tucson, Ariz., against Robert Morris University at 9 a.m., and Park University at 1:30 p.m.


About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 40 academic programs, study abroad program, honors program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, and some new majors are ag-business, nursing, graphic design, and health information systems (associate degree). Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit

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