Viking Softball Season Ends with Loss to Culver-Stockton

Posted May 3, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (May 3, 2017)- The Missouri Valley College softball team played Culver-Stockton (Mo.) College in an opening round game at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Postseason Tournament in St. Joseph, Mo.  The Vikings fell into an early deficit, and lost, 8-3.


Culver-Stockton got out early on the Vikings, as its first five batters all reached safely.  Two MVC errors in the inning helped the Wildcats, and eventually Missouri Valley trailed by a 5-0 score.  Culver-Stockton added to its lead in the top of the third inning, using a pair of hits and one Viking error to score two runs and hold a 7-0 advantage.  Missouri Valley got two of those runs back in the bottom half of the inning, as Senior Shortstop Courtney Carl (Burlington, Iowa) opened with a single, then was scored on a double from Junior Third Baseman Autumn Hughes (Savannah, Mo.).  Hughes came around to score when Senior Second Baseman Kaya Naiwi (Nanakuli, Hawaii) reached on an error, but later in the inning, Naiwi was thrown out at home trying to score on a Freshman Designated Player Sara Jones (Palmdale, Calif.) single.  The Vikings went into the fourth inning trailing 7-2.  The Wildcats extended their lead by one run in the top of the fourth, thanks to a solo homer.  Missouri Valley tried to put together a rally in the fifth, as Junior First Baseman Mackenzie Bilger (Boise, Idaho) reached on an error to open the inning, followed by a Hughes walk and a Naiwi single to load the bases with no outs.  A double play changed the inning, but Hughes eventually came around to score, cutting the MVC deficit to 8-3.  Freshman Pitcher Dana Flanagan (Canton, Mo.) kept CSC scoreless in the final three innings, but could produce just one baserunner in the sixth and seventh innings, before falling by an 8-3 score.


Hughes finished with one hit, two runs scored and one RBI, while Carl had one hit and one run scored.  Freshman Leftfielder Madison Finley (Papillion, Neb.) added on hit and one RBI, while Naiwi, Bilger, Jones and Junior Centerfielder Jessica Townsend (Dekalb, Ill.) each had one hit.  Flanagan pitched four innings, giving up five hits and one earned run with four strikeouts, but the loss went to Senior Pitcher Bethany Chamblee, who gave up five runs, three earned, in the first inning.


The loss ends the Viking softball season with a 27-22 record, the best under Head Coach Daniel Allen.  Culver-Stockton improves to 23-24 and advances into the tournament’s double-elimination bracket, which begins Thursday.




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