Lady Vikings sweep HAAC opener
Junior Kim Lopez tossed her second shutout of the season and picked up her first save Wednesday as the Missouri Valley College softball team won their Heart of America Conference debut, 7-0 and 5-3, over visiting Avila.
A former all-SoCal junior college hurler at Citrus (Calif.) College, Lopez allowed only three hits and walk in the first game. She got support with a three-run double from junior Esperanza Rothwell in the bottom of the second inning and three more runs in the third, a double by sophomore Logan Stapp and senior Marisol Esperanza's single plating runners.
The Lady Vikings jumped in front in the nightcap on sophomore Hannah Garczynski's third homer of the season, a two-run shot, in the first inning.
A walk, single, sacrifice fly, error and passed ball produced three runs for the Lady Eagles (6-18, 2-2 HAAC) in the third, but Valley regained the lead with three runs in the sixth, a Stapp single tying the game and senior Janie Jungermann's double setting up the go-ahead and insurance runs.
Sophomore Ashley Cobern tossed three scoreless innings of relief to get her first win and Lopez pitched around a pair of singles in the seventh to close out the victory.
Stapp had four hits on the day for the Lady Vikings (7-9, 2-0), who take a four-game winning streak into Saturday's league tilt at Graceland.