MVC Softball Defeated by Avila Thursday

Posted April 17, 2014

Marshall, Mo. (April 17, 2014)- The Missouri Valley softball hosted Avila University Thursday afternoon in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at Indian Foothills Park. MVC lost both games to Avila, 9-6 and 10-6.


The Vikings were put in an early hole in game one of the doubleheader as Avila scored five runs on four hits and two errors. MVC was able to get one of those runs back when a Junior Designated Player Jackie Antuna (Santa Cruz, Calif.) single to left-centerfield scored Junior Left Fielder Julianna Talancon (La Habra, Calif.) to make it a 5-1 game, however MVC ended the inning with two base runners stranded. Junior Starting Pitcher Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) calmed things down after the first inning, not allowing two base runners combined in the second through fifth innings. The Vikings however, failed to take advantage, and did not shrink the Avila lead over those innings. The Eagles were able to extend their lead in the top of the sixth inning by scoring three runs on two hits and one error to make it an 8-1 game. The Vikings responded in the bottom of the sixth with their best inning. Talacon knocked a one-out double to get the rally started. Junior Third Baseman Carrie Hudson (Kirksville, Mo.) followed with a double of her own to score Talancon. Later in the inning, Freshman Pinch Hitter Chelsey Bowman (Winfield, Mo.) knocked a single to left to score Antuna, while a bases-loaded walk by Sophomore Pinch Hitter Brianna Billups (Modesto, Calif.) scored Junior Pinch Hitter Megan Fansher (Independence, Mo.) to make it an 8-4 Avila lead heading into the seventh inning. Avila was able to add an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning, but MVC tried to mount a rally in the bottom of the seventh. Junior Center Fielder Luna (Anaheim, Calif.) led the inning off with a single and later in the inning, Hudson singled to short that moved Luna to third. Junior First Baseman Andrea Davis (Redding, Calif.) put a two-out single into shallow right to scored both Luna and Hudson, but the Vikings could not complete the comeback and fell to Avila 9-6.


Leading the way for MVC was Hudson who went two for three from the plate with a run scored and one RBI. Talancon finished two for four with two runs scored and Davis went one for three from the plate with two RBI’s. Spanton picked up the loss going the full seven innings, giving up six earned runs and nine hits.


Game two started similar to game one as Avila got out to an early lead scoring three runs in the first inning. After MVC was held scoreless in its first at-bat, the Eagles put two more runs on the board in the top of the second inning to extend their lead to 5-0. MVC’s second at-bat started with a Billups single and she was eventually moved to third on a sac-bunt from Bowman and a passed ball. Billups was brought home when Shortstop Cassandra Smith hit a sac-fly down the line in right field and MVC cut into the Avila lead at 5-1. However, Avila grew its lead again in the third inning, scoring one run, but MVC got a run of its own in the third when an Antuna hit to center scored Davis from first. Avila made it four-straight innings with putting runs on the board as the Eagles used four hits to score four runs and open its lead to 10-2. Avila was kept scoreless from there and MVC tried to mount a comeback in the fourth inning. Back-to-back singles opened the inning for MVC from Billups and Bowman and both were brought home later in the inning after a Talancon single to center to make it a 10-4 Avila lead. MVC put a further dent in the Eagle lead in the sixth when Senior Pinch Hitter Shelby Osborne (Peculiar, Mo.) started the rally with her first home run of her career at MVC, putting it over the fence in right-center. Later in the inning a Davis single scored Luna and MVC trailed 10-6. However, the comeback bid fell short as MVC was taken down in order in the seventh inning and lost to Avila 10-6.


Leading MVC was Davis who went two for three with one run and one RBI. Billups finished two for four from the plate with two runs scored and Talancon finished one for three with two RBI. Osborne hit her first home run of the season. Senior Starting Pitcher Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) got the loss going the full seven innings with 15 hits and nine earned runs.


The losses drop MVC to 2-22 overall and 0-12 in HAAC play. Avila improves to 10-27 and 4-10 in the conference.


The Vikings will next host Baker University in HAAC doubleheader Saturday at 1 p.m., in Marshall, Mo. It will be Senior Day for the Vikings softball team.


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