Lady Vikings sweep league debut at LU
ST. CHARLES -- Strong pitching performances helped the Missouri Valley College softball team win both ends of its opening Heart of America Conference doubleheader Wednesday at Lindenwood, 4-2 and 9-1.
Sophomore Megan Davis and freshman Tatum Hathcock both went the distance without allowing an earned run for the Lady Vikings. Davis surrendered only three hits and pitched around six Valley errors and Hathcock scattered five hits over six innings, both improving to 2-1.
Senior Loke Lastimosa walked and scored on freshman Sara Irminger's single to plate the Lady Vikings first run in the second inning of the opener. Two more runs came in on freshman Sydney Kaneshiro's bases-loaded single after two-out hits by sophomores Jamie Wilson and Lindsey Stapp and a Lady Lions error loaded the bases.
Stapp stroked an RBI double in the seventh, but Lindenwood threatened when three boots and singles by freshman Jackie Grubbs and sophomore Kari Morgan put the tying run on bases with one out. Davis induced a fly ball to center for the second out and ended the game with a strikeout.
Valley had no such close call in the nightcap, Lastimosa's two-run first-inning homer in the top of the first giving the Lady Vikings a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
A pair of errors led to a run for Lindenwood (3-4, 0-2 HAAC) in the third, but it stranded two runners in each of the next two frames before the visitors pulled away.
Junior Jolene Bultmann and sophomore Heidi Polinder had RBI singles in the fifth and Valley exploded for five runs in the sixth, Kaneshiro and Polinder both cracking two-run doubles, to end the game early.
After dropping three games on the first day of the season, the Lady Vikings (5-3, 2-0) have won five in a row -- and already exceeded their improved their league record from a year ago, when they were 1-19.
Valley will head to Tucson, Ariz., Sunday for the Spring Break Classic, a series of 10 games over a five-day span.