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Lady Vikings pull out win in 11th

Friday, April 20, 2012

After losing its fifth straight game Thursday, 4-0, the Missouri Valley College softball team won a war of attrition over Heart of America Conference foe Baker in the 11th inning, 6-5.

Sophomore Maggie Holmberg handed the Lady Vikings their ninth shutout loss of the season in the opener, allowing only four hits and striking out five batters.

Valley junior Kim Lopez nearly matched her through five innings, trailing 1-0 until freshman Katie Duroe smashed a three-run pinch-hit homer to break it open for the Lady Wildcats.

Baker used the long ball to take an early lead in the nightcap, sophomore Erin Greenwood with a two-run shot in the first, but the Lady Vikings took the lead with three runs in the third on senior Janie Jungermann's two-run double.

The teams traded runs in the fifth, but a solo homer by BU freshman Alyse Menghini tied the game in the sixth. After three scoreless frames, the Lady 'Cats (19-14, 9-7 HAAC) went in front when junior Summer Kelley stroked a two-out double in the top of the 10th.

A single by junior Paige Savage put a Valley runner on third base, from where she could tie the game on senior Marisol Espinoza's grounder.

Jungermann retired the side in order in the 11th and the Lady Vikings won it on a walk-off walk, junior Jennifer Palmatory looking at four balls with the bases loaded.

Junior Esperanza Rothwell had three hits in the late game for Valley (12-20, 4-10), which will play its home finale Saturday against Central Methodist.

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