MVC Softball Drops Games Played at Benedictine TuesdayPosted April 8, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 8, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College softball team went on the road for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader Tuesday afternoon in Atchison, Kan., against Benedictine College. The Vikings dropped the first game 9-4 and lost a closely played contest in game two 5-4.
Benedictine jumped out to an early lead over the Vikings, scoring two runs in each of the first three innings to hold a 6-0 advantage. MVC did threaten in the top of the second inning, loading the bases with two outs, but stranded all three base runners to end the inning. The Vikings got on the board in the top of the fourth inning as Sophomore First Baseman Brianna Billups (Modesto, Calif.) reached to lead-off the inning after an error and was later moved to third on a sac-fly by Freshman Shortstop Kaya Naiwi (Nankuli, Hawaii). Later in the inning Billups was brought home on a Senior Catcher Hannah Garczynski (Palm Desert, Calif.) sac-fly to put MVC into a 6-1 deficit. However, the Ravens responded and moved their lead out to 7-1 in the bottom of the fourth. MVC was able to put something together in the fifth inning as Senior Second Baseman Kayla Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.) got a rally started with a one-out double. She was later brought home thanks to a Junior Designate Player Jackie Antuna (Santa Cruz, Calif.) single and a Billups single later in the inning brought home Junior Third Baseman Carrie Hudson (Kirksville, Mo.) from third base to cut into Benedictine’s lead at 7-3. However, just like the second inning, the Vikings stranded three base runners. Benedictine responded again to MVC cutting into its lead, and the Ravens scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to push ahead 9-3. The Vikings tried to mount a late-game rally in the seventh getting Junior Rightfielder Andrea Davis (Redding, Calif.) and Anutna on-base to start the inning, but only Anutna was brought home after a Naiwi double. The Vikings lost game one by a 9-4 score.
Leading MVC was Billups who was two for four from the plate with an RBI and run scored. Also two for four was Davis. Junior Pitcher Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) picked up the loss going six innings, giving up 13 hits with seven earned runs and three strikeouts.
Game two started with Benedictine again scoring early runs, as the Ravens grabbed a 2-0 lead after one inning of play. This time the Vikings responded with a three-run second inning to grab their first lead of the doubleheader. The three runs were all scored with two outs on the board. Junior Second Baseman Brenda Broadwater (Brunssum, Netherlands) got aboard with a two-out walk, which was followed up by a Junior Leftfielder Shelby Schmitz (Shelbyville, Mo.) single. A Junior Centerfielder Lisa Luna (Anaheim, Calif.) double scored Broadwater and a Freshman Catcher Chelsey Bowman (Winfield, Mo.) double scored both Schmitz and Luna to give MVC a 3-2 lead. That’s how things stayed between the two teams until the fifth inning. In the top half of the inning the Vikings extended their lead to 4-2 when Fansher hit a two-out single to score Billups. Benedictine responded in the bottom half of the inning and scored a run of its own to pull back to a 4-3 MVC lead. The Vikings failed to score a run in either the sixth or seventh innings and went into the bottom of the seventh holding on to the 4-3 advantage. MVC was able to get the lead-off batter out in the bottom of the seventh, but could not register another out as Benedictine put four-straight batters on-base and pulled out a 5-4 victory to sweep the doubleheader.
Leading MVC in the second game was Luna who finished two for four from the plate with a run scored and an RBI. Also with two hits apiece were Davis and Junior First Baseman Lauren Alferos (Carson, Calif.), while Bowman registered two RBI’s. Senior Pitcher Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) pitched 6.1 innings giving up nine hits, give earned runs and struck out three.
The losses drop MVC to 2-16 overall and 0-6 in HAAC play. Benedictine improves to 12-15 overall and 5-3 in conference.
Up next, the Vikings will travel to Mid-America Nazarene University for a doubleheader Thursday at 4 p.m.
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