MVC Softball Opens HAAC Play at Graceland Wednesday

Posted March 26, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (March 26, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College softball team went on the road for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader Wednesday afternoon at Graceland University. The Vikings dropped a close game to the Yellowjackets in game one by a 4-3 score, and were knocked off in game two 6-4.


Graceland opened the scoring in game one of the doubleheader, getting two runs on the board in the bottom of the first inning. MVC responded in the top of the second inning Freshman Shortstop Kaya Naiwi (Nankuli, Hawaii) led the inning off with a single. Then after two outs Senior Catcher Hannah Garczynski (Palm Desert, Calif.) hit a homerun to left field that brought Naiwi home and tied the score at 2-2. Garczynski now has two homeruns on the season. After giving up the two runs in the first inning, Senior Starting Pitcher Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) shut Graceland down in the second through fourth innings, working out of a bases loaded jam in the third inning. MVC grabbed its first lead of the day in the top of the fifth getting a Senior Second Baseman Kayla Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.) one-out single to start things. Junior First Baseman Andrea Davis (Redding, Calif.) then hit into a fielder’s choice that forced out Mochizuki, but Davis advanced to second on a stolen base and was brought home when Junior Designated Player Jackie Antuna (Santa Cruz, Calif.) knocked a single into centerfield. MVC took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the fifth, but three walks in the inning loaded the bases for Graceland and the Yellowjackets were able to bring one of those base runners home to tie the score at 3-3. MVC did get out of the inning leaving two Yellojackets stranded. The Vikings went down in order in the sixth, but had the go-ahead run at third base in the top of the seventh inning, however Junior Centerfielder Lisa Luna (Anaheim, Calif.) was left stranded at third, keeping the score 3-3 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Graceland was able to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning, getting a two-out single to centerfield which brought the winning run in from second base ending the game at 4-3.


Leading the way for MVC was Davis and Naiwi who each had two hits and a run scored in the game. Garczynski was one for three with a run scored, two RBI’s and her second home run of the season. Picking up the loss for MVC was Junior Pitcher Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) who came in to relieve Cobern in the fifth inning.


Game two started better for MVC as the Vikings jumped out to an early lead. After a scoreless first inning, the Vikings got a run in the top of the second. With two outs in the inning, Garczynski singled, and was brought home one batter later when Mochizuki knocked a single to left-centerfield. Spanton got the start for MVC and kept Graceland scoreless in the first two innings. The Yellowjackets were able to tie the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning, but a four-run fourth inning turned the tie ball game into a 5-1 Graceland lead. MVC put together a rally in the top of the fifth inning to pull closer to Graceland. The inning started with a Mochizuki single, followed by Davis reaching on an error which put Mochizuki at third. Antuna grounded into the first out of the inning, but it allowed Mochizuki to score. Another error in the inning, this time when Naiwi put the ball in play, allowed Davis to score, and MVC pulled to within 5-3 of the Yellowjackets. Graceland was kept scoreless in the fifth, but picked up an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to hold a 6-3 lead. With one more at-bat, the Vikings tried to complete the comeback. Mochizuki and Davis both singled early in the inning, with a Junior First Baseman Lauren Alferos (Carson, Calif.) single allowing Mochizuki to score, and loaded the bases with two outs. However, the inning came on the next at-bat when Junior Designated Player Megan Fansher (Independence, Mo.) put a ball into play, but was hit by her batted ball which resulted in her being called out ending the game 6-4 in favor of Graceland.


Leading MVC in the second game was Mochizuki who was three for three with two runs scored and one RBI. Alferos also finished with two hits in the game. Spanton picked up the loss going six innings and giving up eight hits with six earned runs.


The losses drop MVC to 2-12 overall and 0-2 in HAAC play. Graceland improves to 3-16 on the season and 2-2 in conference action.


Up next, the Vikings will travel to Canton, Mo., Saturday for a doubleheader with Culver-Stockton College. The road doubleheader is scheduled to start 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 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

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