MVC Softball Defeated by MidAmerica Nazarene ThursdayPosted April 10, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 10, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College softball team traveled to Olathe, Kan., Thursday for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader with MidAmerica Nazarene University. The Vikings dropped both matchups by 6-4 and 9-1 scores.
The Vikings got off to a quick start against the Pioneers in game one as Junior Designated Player Jackie Antuna (Santa Cruz, Calif.) hit a two-run home run in the top of the first inning to grab an early 2-0 lead. MNU was able to cut into the Vikings in the bottom of the first inning, bringing one run home to make it a 2-1 score. Both teams were kept scoreless in the second inning, and MVC was kept off the board in the top of the third, but the Pioneers tied the game in the bottom of the third inning with one run on three hits. MVC was able to reclaim in the lead in the top of the fifth when a Junior Rightfielder Andrea Davis (Redding, Calif.) single to rightfield brought home Junior Shortstop Cassandra Smith (St. Joseph, Mo.) from third to put MVC in front 3-2, but the lead was short lived. MNU used three hits to score two runs and moved in front of MVC by a 4-3 score. The Vikings bounced back in the top of the sixth inning and got a one-out double by Senior Catcher Hannah Garczynski (Palm Desert, Calif.). She was replaced by pinch-runner Junior Lisa Luna (Anaheim, Calif.) on second brought home later in the inning on a Sophomore First Baseman Brianna Billups (Modesto, Calif.) single to the game at 4-4. Again the Pioneers responded in the bottom half of the inning, grabbing the lead at 6-4 after putting together three hits in the inning. MVC had one more at-bat in the seventh inning and got a Senior Centerfielder Janelle Garcia (Oxnard, Calif.) single to start things, but the Vikings failed to score and lost game one 6-4.
Leading MVC were both Senior Second Baseman Kaya Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.) and Garcia who finished two for three from the plate. Antuna was one for three with two RBI’s, one run scored and her first home run on the season. Junior Starting Pitcher Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) picked up the loss going six innings with 10 hits, five earned runs with two strikeouts.
Game two started with MNU jumping out to an early lead, scoring one run in the bottom of the first inning. MVC got a single from Freshman Catcher Chelsey Bowman (Winfield, Mo.) and a double from Second Baseman Kaya Naiwi (Nankuli, Hawaii) in the second inning, but the Vikings stranded two runners on base and trailed MNU by a 1-0 score. The Vikings trailed by the same score in the top of the third inning and loaded the bases with one out. Luna was brought home on a Naiwi single to tie the game at 1-1. However, the Vikings ended the inning with the bases loaded. Senior Starting Pitcher Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) kept MNU scoreless after the first inning, but MNU put together five hits and scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break open the tie game and pull ahead 6-1. The Vikings tried to put together a rally in the top of the sixth inning getting the first two batters on base, but MVC couldn’t bring any base runners home and still trailed MNU by five runs. The Pioneers continued to extend their lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three runs and eventually defeating MVC by a 9-1 score.
Leading MVC Naiwi who finished two for two from the plate with one RBI. Cobern picked up the loss after going 5.2 innings giving up 11 hits and eight earned runs with two strikeouts.
The losses drop MVC to 2-18 overall and 0-8 in HAAC play. MidAmerica Nazarene improves to 14-7 overall and 7-2 in conference play.
Up next, the Vikings host Evangel University in a HAAC doubleheader Saturday at 2 p.m., at Indian Foothills Park.
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 www.moval.edu.