Viking Softball Ends Season at CMU FridayPosted April 25, 2014
The Missouri Valley College softball team traveled to Fayette, Mo., Friday evening for a Heart of America Athletic Conference doubleheader against No. 16 Central Methodist University. The doubleheader marked the end of the 2014 season for the Viking softball team. MVC lost game one by a 15-0 score and was also defeated in game two 5-0.
After the Vikings were kept scoreless in their first at-bat, the Eagles put two runs on the board in the bottom of the first to take the early lead. CMU added another three runs in the second inning and two runs in the third. The Vikings were unable to cut into the Eagle lead in either inning, and CMU ended the game after only five innings with a seven-run fourth inning to win game one by a 15-0 score.
Leading MVC in the game was Senior Catcher Hannah Garczynski (Palm Desert, Calif.) who was one for two from the plate with a double. Junior Left Fielder Julianna Talancon (La Habra, Calif.) was one for one for MVC. Junior Pitcher Melissa Spanton (Sacramento, Calif.) picked up the loss for MVC giving up 20 hits and 14 runs in the outing.
Game two featured a pitchers-duel through the early innings. Senior Pitcher Ashley Cobern (Cleveland, Mo.) kept CMU scoreless through the first three innings. However, the Vikings were unable to jump out to a lead in the early innings as they were kept off the scoreboard also. CMU was able to grab a lead in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs. After a scoreless fifth inning, CMU added two more runs in the sixth and held off MVC for a 5-0 win.
Leading the Vikings in game two was Senior Second Baseman Kayla Mochizuki (Oxnard, Calif.) who was two for three in the game. Also with two hits was Freshman Designated Player Chelsey Bowman (Winfield, Mo.). Cobern got the loss going six innings giving up six hits with five earned runs and two strikeouts.
The Vikings finish the 2014 season with an overall record of 5-27 and a 1-17 mark in HAAC play. CMU improves to 35-6 on the season and claims the HAAC regular season championship with a conference record of 15-1.