MVC Softball Drops Games at St. Mary WednesdayPosted March 19, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (March 19, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College softball team went on the road to play a doubleheader with the University of St. Mary Wednesday afternoon. The Vikings dropped both games, losing game one by a 10-1 score and game two by an 11-6 score.
After both teams were held scoreless in the first two innings, the Vikings were able to jump out to a lead in the top of the third. Senior Catcher Hannah Garczynski (Palm Desert, Calif.) walked to lead the inning off, followed by a single from Junior Rightfielder Shelby Schmitz (Shelbyville, Mo.). Garczynski was brought around to score one batter later when Senior Leftfielder Janelle Garcia (Oxnard, Calif.) singled to center, giving MVC the 1-0 lead. The Vikings finished the inning with two base runners stranded. The Spires wasted little time in overtaking the Vikings, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third, both with two outs. After the Vikings went down in order in the fourth, St. Mary’s scored the remainder of its runs in the bottom of the inning. The Spires scored eight runs on just three hits in the bottom of the fourth to push their lead to 10-1. The Vikings threatened in the top of the fifth, getting their first two runners aboard, but MVC was kept scoreless in the inning, and fell to St. Mary 10-1.
Leading MVC in game on was Schmitz who was 2 for 2 from the plate with a run scored, while Garcia finished 1 for 3 with an RBI. Starting Pitcher Senior Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) picked up the loss for MVC, pitching four innings, giving up eight hits and ten runs with three strikeouts.
Game two started with the Spires jumping out to an early lead, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning on four hits. St. Mary padded its lead in the second inning with one more run to put MVC into an early 4-0 deficit. Both teams were left scoreless in the third inning, but the Vikings put together a rally in the top of the fourth. The first five batters for MVC in the inning all reached base. The first run came home when Junior Designated Hitter Lauren Alferos (Carson, Calif.) singled to score Senior Second Baseman Kayla Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.). Junior First Baseman Andrea Davis (Redding, Calif.) then singled to center to bring home Freshman Shortstop Kaya Naiwi (Nankuli, Hawaii), and after the first out of the inning, Junior Centerfielder Lisa Luna (Anaheim, Calif.) reached on a fielder’s choice that scored Sophomore Third Baseman Brianna Billups (Modesto, Calif.). The Vikings tied the game at 4-4 when Schmitz singled to center to score Davis. St. Mary responded to MVC’s four runs with four of its own in the bottom of the fourth inning to go back in front by an 8-4 score. The lead was then pushed out to 11-4 in the bottom of the sixth inning. MVC tried to put together a seventh inning rally, scoring two runs, but the Vikings couldn’t overcome the large deficit and fell to St. Mary in game two by an 11-6 score.
Leading MVC in the game was Naiwi who was 2 for 4 with one run. Schmitz finished 2 for 3 from the plate with one run scored and an RBI. Mochizuki also scored twice for the Vikings. Starting Pitcher Junior Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) picked up the loss, going six innings, giving up 10 hits and eight earned runs.
The Vikings fall to 2-8 on the season, while St. Mary improves to 13-10.
The Vikings will next play St. Mary in a home doubleheader Sunday at Indian Foothills Park with the first game underway at 1 p.m.
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