Lady Vikings finish Georgia tourney 6-6

Friday, March 17, 2006

SAVANNAH, Ga. -- The sixth and final day of SCAD Smash Hit Tournament at Savannah, Ga., went like three of the previous ones for the Missouri Valley College softball team: splitting two games Thursday to close the 6-6 trip.

The Lady Vikings were blanked in the opener by Oklahoma Christian, 5-0, but came back to win the finale over Iowa Wesleyan, 7-3 -- the same score in which they had claimed the previous meeting two days earlier.

The Lady Tigers got good pitching from sophomore right-hander Erin Bryan, who allowed only six hits, walked none and struck out six over seven innings. Valley was only down 1-0 heading into the bottom of the fourth inning, but Oklahoma Christian (7-10) used four hits -- including RBI singles by sophomore Allissa Harper and senior Rachel Seeber -- and two errors to score four runs.

The closest the Lady Vikings got to scoring was when junior Rachel Lowe and sophomore Jolene Bultmann singled with one out in the first.

Valley never trailed in the nightcap, pounding out five runs in the bottom of the first. Lowe reached on an error and scored on junior Loke Lastimosa's grounder followed a single by freshman Molly Earl. Sophomore Ashley Havens singled and two runs came in on freshman Wendy Wilson's base hit.

Another error let Lastimosa cross the plate and Bultmann singled in a run. A single by junior Ashley Tone and walk to freshman Lyndsey Stapp loaded the bases, but the runners were stranded.

It didn't matter, though, as freshman Amy Ruhe held the Lady Tigers in check. Wesleyan scored on a single by junior Kate Ward in the third, but the Lady Vikings got singles by Earl and Lastimosa for a run on Haven's sacrifice fly in the fourth and a Lastimosa double to bring in Stapp after she lead off the sixth with a single.

The Lady Tigers (6-8) scored a pair of runs in the seventh on Ward's double, but didn't get the tying run to the batter's box.

Lastimosa, a shortstop from Waimanalo, Hawaii, batted .619 with three homers, nine runs scored and 14 RBIs -- posting an 1.190 slugging percentage -- to wind up second on the all-tournament team.

Valley (8-13-1) will open Heart of America Conference play Wednesday at Graceland.

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