Culver twice nips Lady Vikings
CANTON -- The Missouri Valley College softball team continued to get solid pitching Tuesday, but couldn't provide the needed offensive support while dropping both ends of a Heart of America Conference doubleheader at Culver-Stockton, 2-0 and 2-1.
The Lady Vikings have allowed only 15 runs over the last 10 games, but are only 5-5 during that stretch. They were shut out for the sixth time this season by senior Jenny Merrill, who allowed only two hits and struck out 10 as the Lady Wildcats snapped a 10-game league losing streak.
Culver opened the first game with a double by junior Nicole Spisak, who came in on Merrill's triple. Singles by sophomore Casey Polak, senior Katie JohnsonMartin and Spisak produced a run in the second.
Valley's hits were both two-out singles, by junior Jennifer Palmatory in the second and senior Janie Jungermann in the fourth. Two hit batters put the tying run on base with one out in the fifth, but Merrill induced a pair of fly balls to get out of the jam.
Jungermann blanked the Lady 'Cats for six innings of the nightcap, taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning after junior Paige Savage scored on junior Mallory White's single in the third.
Junior Rachel Dixon and senior Victoria Sendejas singled to begin the Culver rally. After a bunt put two pinch-runners into scoring position, freshman Emily Orf slapped a two-out single up the middle to plate the tying and winning runs.
Junior Kristy Obert held Valley to four hits to pick up the win for the Lady Wildcats (11-18, 2-8 HAAC).
Palmatory had two of the six hits recorded by Valley for the day. The Lady Vikings (9-13, 2-4) are off until Monday, when they have a non-conference date at William Woods.