MVC Softball Picks Up First HAAC Win of the Season Saturday Over BakerPosted April 19, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (April 19, 2014)- The Missouri Valley College softball team hosted Baker University in a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader at Lyon Bowl in Marshall, Mo. The Vikings picked up their first conference win of the season in game one winning 5-3. Baker came back to win game two 5-2.
The Vikings got out early against Baker in game one, scoring one run in the bottom of the second inning. Freshman Shortstop Kaya Naiwi (Nankuli, Hawaii) put a single down the right field line to score Junior Designated Player Jackie Antuna (Santa Cruz, Calif.) from third base to open the scoring in the game. Junior Starting Pitcher Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) pitched well in the early innings allowing only three Baker base runners in the first four innings. MVC added to its lead in the bottom of the fourth inning with the rally started after Senior Catcher Hannah Garczynski (Palm Desert, Calif.) put a one-out double down the left field line. Naiwi followed with a double of her own to score Garczynski. Junior Centerfielder Lisa Luna (Anaheim, Calif.) then hit a single with Mochizuki bringing Naiwi home on a single to second base. Later in the inning Junior Third Baseman Carrie Hudson (Kirksville, Mo.) singled to score Luna and the scoring was capped when a wild pitch allowed Right Fielder Janelle Garcia (Oxnard, Calif.) to score from third. MVC took a 5-0 lead into the fifth inning. The Wildcats got to Spanton in the fifth inning, scoring three runs to close to within 5-3. However, Senior Pitcher Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.), and a great defensive play by Garcia who saved a home run with a catch in deep right field that took her through the fence kept Baker from getting any close and the Vikings closed out the game with a 5-3 win, their first in conference play.
Leading the way for MVC was Naiwi who was two for three with two RBI’s and one run scored. Garczynski finished one for two with a run scored while Mochizuki was one for three with one RBI. Spanton picked up the win going 4.1 innings allowing four hits and three runs while Cobern got the save in relief.
Neither team could get much going early in game two of the doubleheader as both teams were kept scoreless in the first two innings, with the Vikings leaving two runners stranded in the bottom of the second. Baker was able to grab a one run lead in the top of the third inning and added two more runs in the fifth. MVC responded in the bottom of the fifth inning with its best inning of the game. Luna singled to start the inning and was followed in the order by Senior Pinch Hitter Shelby Osborne (Peculiar, Mo.) reaching safely on a sac-bunt attempt. Later in the inning the two were brought home when Junior Left Fielder Julianna Talacon (La Habra, Calif.) knocked a one-out double to left-center making it a 4-2 game. The Wildcats were able to extend their lead to 5-2 in the top of the sixth inning and held off the Vikings to split the doubleheader with a 5-2 win.
Leading the way for MVC was Talacon who was one for four with two RBI’s. Luna finished one for two from the plate with one run scored. Cobern picked up the loss going four innings giving up eight hits and three earned runs.
The split moves MVC to 3-23 overall and 1-13 in conference play. Baker moves to 19-21 overall and 9-7 in the HAAC.
The Vikings will next host Peru State College in a HAAC doubleheader at the Lyon Bowl Monday at 2 p.m.
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