MVC Softball Hosted Peru State Wednesday AfternoonPosted April 23, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 23, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College softball team hosted Peru State College in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at the Lyon Bowl at Indian Foothills Park. MVC lost both games by scores of 10-5 and 11-1.
The Vikings jumped out to an early lead in game one of the doubleheader, after keeping Peru State off the board in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half of the inning Junior Left Fielder Julianna Talancon (La Habra, Calif.) led-off with a single, and got to second on a misplay by the right fielder. She was moved to third on Junior Third Baseman Carrie Hudson’s (Kirksville, Mo.) sac-bunt and brought home when Senior Second Baseman Kayla Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.) grounded out to third to put MVC up 1-0. The lead was short lived as Peru State put three runs on the board thanks to a home run, but the Vikings got out of the inning without surrendering any more runs. MVC was kept from scoring until the bottom of the fourth inning when Mochizuki doubled to lead the inning off and was brought home two batters later when Freshman Shortstop Kaya Naiwi (Nankuli, Hawaii) knocked a two-run homer to left field, tying the game at 3-3. The Vikings threatened later in the inning with runners at the corners, but both were left stranded. Peru State quickly took the lead back in the top of the fifth, scoring five runs on six hits to turn the tie game into an 8-3 lead. PSC added to its lead in the sixth with two more runs to extend the advantage to 10-7. The Vikings came through in the bottom of the sixth inning with some offense as Sophomore Pinch Hitter Briana Billups (Modesto, Calif.) smacked a two-run homer to right-center that pulled MVC to within a 10-5 score. Peru State was unable to extend its lead in the seventh and the Vikings looked to mount a rally, getting their first two batters on base. However, MVC was unable to bring either of those runners home and Peru State won game one of the doubleheader by a 10-5 score.
Leading the way for MVC was Talancon who was two for three from the plate with one run scored. Naiwi was one for four with two RBI’s and a run scored hitting her second home run of the season. Billups also hit her first home run of the season in the game. The loss went to Junior Pitcher Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) who went 4.2 innings with eight hits and eight earned runs.
Game two started with three runs scored in the first inning once again, this time Peru State scored the runs to put MVC in an early deficit. MVC threatened in the bottom of the first inning, loading the bases with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning with MVC unable to take advantage of the opportunity. The Bobcats put another three runs on the board in the second inning to lead by a 6-0 score. The Vikings scored a run in the bottom of the second inning when Senior Right Fielder Janelle Garcia (Oxnard, Calif.) hit a double to left-center to score Luna, pulling MVC back to within a 6-1 score. However, Peru State scored five runs in the third and held on for the 11-1 victory over MVC.
Leading the way for MVC was Garcia who finished 1 for 1 from the plate with one RBI. Junior Pinch Hitter Megan Fansher (Independence, Mo.) was also one for one. The loss went to Senior Pitcher Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) who went 2.2 innings with 12 hits and 11 runs.
The losses drop MVC to 5-25 on the season and 1-15 in HAAC play. Peru State improves to 28-17 overall and 7-7 in conference.
The Vikings will next host Central Methodist University Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Lyon Bowl at Indian Foothills Park. This will be the 2014 season-finale for the Viking softball team.
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