Viking Softball Splits at Home with MidAmerica Nazarene

Posted April 17, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (April 17, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College softball team hosted MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University Monday afternoon in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader.  The Vikings fell in the opener, 6-1, but scored late to split the doubleheader with a 2-1 win in game two.

 

Game one featured the Pioneers trying to put together an early rally.  After MNU started the inning with a single, Freshman Pitcher Dana Flanagan (Canton, Mo.) induced back-to-back pop outs.  A grounder was hit back to Flanagan, but the batter reached first safely, the runner at second went to third, then tried to score, but was caught in a run-down, and was tagged out at third to end the inning.  MidAmerica Nazarene started the second inning with another single, but Flangan was able to work around the runner to keep the game scoreless.  Missouri Valley had its first single in the bottom half of the inning, as Freshman Leftfielder Madison Finely (Papillion, Neb.) singled, but the Vikings were unable to get the runner home.  The Pioneers came through in the top of the third, using a leadoff walk and two base hits to score two runs and hold a 2-0 lead.  The Vikings answered back in the bottom of the fourth as Junior Third Baseman Autumn Hughes (Savannah, Mo.) tripled to start the inning.  Hughes was brought home on a Finley grounder, and MVC sat in a 2-1 deficit.  Missouri Valley threatened in the fifth, as Sophomore Catcher Kelly James (San Carlos, Calif.) opened with a walk.  After Junior Centerfielder Jessica Townsend (Dekalb, Ill.) reached on a fielder’s choice, Senior Courtney Carl (Burlington, Iowa) hit a fly ball that resulted in an error, and put two runners in scoring position with one out.  However, MNU got out of the jam and kept MVC from scoring.  The Pioneers put the game out of reach scoring four runs on five hits.  Missouri Valley put two runners on base in the sixth, on a Finley single and Freshman Designated Player Sara Jones (Palmdale, Calif.) walk, but both were left stranded.  The Vikings were unable to put anyone on base in the seventh, and fell, 6-1.

 

Finley finished with two hits and one RBI, while Hughes added one hit and one run scored.  Flangan picked up the loss, going five innings, giving up ten hits and six runs.

 

MidAmerica Nazarene struck first in game two.  After both teams were kept scoreless in the first inning, the Pioneers started the second inning with a solo homer.  Senior Pitcher Bethany Chamblee (Sardis City, Ala.) settled down from there, and kept the Vikings at a 1-0 deficit.  The Pioneers threatened again in the third inning, as an error allowed the leadoff batter to reach safely.  Carl made up for the mistake as the next batter hit a grounder that Carl turned into a double play.  Missouri Valley came through at the plate in the bottom half of the inning as Townsend was hit to start things off.  She was moved to second on a Carl sac-bunt, then Townsend went to third in a grounder.  A wild pitch allowed Townsend to score, and MVC tied the contest at 1-1.  Chamblee worked around a two-out single in the fourth, and the Viking tried to grab a lead in the bottom half.  Junior Rightfielder Kaila DeWitt (San Diego, Calif.) opened the inning with a single, and eventually moved to second on a Jones single.  James followed with another single, and Missouri Valley had the bases loaded with one out.  However, Townsend hit a liner to the shortstop, who then doubled-up Jones at second base to end the threat, and keep the game tied.  MidAmerica Nazarene followed in the fifth with a leadoff single, and put two runners on base with no outs.  Those runners were moved up a base with a sac-bunt, but Chamblee worked a strikeout and a groundout to end the inning.  The Vikings could not break the tie in the fifth, and MNU was taken down in order in the top of the sixth.  Missouri Valley again had base runners in the bottom of the sixth, which started with DeWitt reaching on an error.  Finley walked, and Jones was hit to load the bases with no outs.  James then hit a grounder, which was thrown home to force out Junior Jessica Jarvis (Littleton, Colo.).  However, the throw to force James out at first was wild, and Finley came home on the error to give MVC a 2-1 lead.  Missouri Valley was unable to add to its lead, leaving two runners stranded.  Chamblee kept the Pioneers from starting a late rally, taking MNU down in order for the second-straight inning, and preserving the 2-1 win for Missouri Valley.

 

DeWitt, Jones and James all had one hit each, while Finley and Townsend scored the two runs.  Chamblee pitched the complete game, giving up five hits, the one earned run, with two strikeouts.

 

The split moves Missouri Valley to 21-19 overall and 11-15 in the Heart.  MidAmerica Nazarene is now 21-15 on the season and 12-11 in conference play.

 

Up next, the Viking softball team hosts Central Methodist (Mo.) University in a Heart doubleheader, Wednesday at 2 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 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit www.moval.edu.

 



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