MVC Softball Drops Two Close Games at Culver-StocktonPosted March 29, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (March 29, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College softball team went on the road for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Culver-Stockton College. The Vikings lost both games by 3-2 scores.
MVC and Culver-Stockton played in a pitchers’ duel to open the first game of the doubleheader. The Vikings put runners on second base in the first and second innings, but were unable to bring anyone across the plate. Starting Pitcher Junior Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) allowed a run in the second inning, but kept Culver-Stockton scoreless through the middle innings. MVC was able to tie the game at 1-1 in the top of the sixth innings with Junior Designated Hitter Shelby Schmitz (Shelbyville, Mo.) earning a lead-off walk. After a sac-bunt by Junior Rightfielder Andrea Davis (Redding, Calif.) moved Schmidt to second base, she was brought home when Junior Third Baseman Carrie Hudson (Kirksville, Mo.) singled up the middle. However, the Vikings left the bases loaded to end the inning at 1-1. Neither team could break the tie in the bottom of the sixth or in the seventh inning, sending the game into extra innings. It wasn’t until the tenth inning before more runs were put on the board. Senior Centerfielder Janelle Garcia (Oxnard, Calif.) started the top of the tenth at second base and was brought home on a Hudson single to left field, however the Viking inning ended when Freshman Pinch Runner Jenn Hellwig (Calgary, Canada.) was thrown out at the plate after Hudson’s hit moving the game to the bottom of the tenth with MVC leading 2-1. Culver-Stockton scored its two runs after Spanton issued walks with the bases loaded, and the Vikings fell 3-2.
Leading the way for MVC was Hudson who was three for four with two RBI’s. Garcia was one for five with a run scored. Spanton picked up the loss going 9.1 innings, giving up four hits, two earned runs, six walks and striking out one.
Game two started better for the Vikings, as they took an early lead thanks to a run in the first inning. Junior Centerfielder Lisa Luna (Anaheim, Calif.) reached to open the inning on an error and was brought home later in the inning after Davis doubled to left-center. MVC added to its lead in the second inning thanks to a two-out rally. Garcia reached on a bunt, then stole second base. After a Luna walk, Senior Second Baseman Kayla Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.) singled to rightfield and Garcia crossed home plate to put MVC up 2-0. Culver-Stockton got one run back in the bottom of the second inning, then tied the game in the bottom of the third to make it at 2-2 game. The Vikings didn’t threaten to reclaim the lead until the top of the sixth when Freshman Shortstop Kaya Naiwi (Nankuli, Hawaiidoubled and was moved to third on a Garcia single, but both were left stranded. Culver-Stockkon used a two-out triple in the bottom of the seventh inning to take its first lead at 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth. MVC had one final at-bat, but went down in order and fell to Culver-Stockton in game two by a 3-2 score.
Leading the way for MVC was Mochizuki who was two for three from the plate with one RBI. Garcia was two for three with a run scored. Starting Pitcher Senior Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) picked up the loss going six innings with eight hits, one earned run and two strikeouts.
The losses drop MVC to 2-14 overall and 0-4 in HAAC play. Culver-Stockton improves to 7-13 overall and 2-2 in conference action.
Up next, the Vikings will travel to Atchison, Kan., to play a HAAC doubleheader with Benedictine College Apr. 2 with the first game starting at 3 p.m.
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