By Zach Snider
The MVNU Cougar softball team is off to a 6-7 start in the 2012 season.
The team started its season with three straight home wins, including an 8-7 victory in the second game of a doubleheader against Salem International University (W.Va.) that went into extra innings.
The Cougars were behind in the game from its outset but battled back to tie the score in the bottom of the seventh inning.
After a scoreless eighth inning, the opposing Tigers scored three runs in the first half of the ninth.
The Cougars were able to match the number in the bottom half of the inning to keep the game going.
After holding their opponents scoreless in the top half of the tenth inning, the Cougars won the game on a bases-loaded single down the left field line by Morgan Wade.
“The girls were into it today and showed a lot of perseverance in the second game to battle back and get the victory,” said head coach Jeana Howald to Sports Information Director Dave Parsons. “It’s great to start the season with some wins.”
The Cougars spent their spring break in Clermont, Fla., where they played 10 games, winning three and losing seven. In their first three games, the Cougars played a doubleheader against third-ranked Oklahoma City (Okla.) University and a single game against 23rd-ranked Augustana (S.D.) College.
The Cougars were overpowered by both of their highly rated counterparts, getting outscored 28-0 in the three-game stretch.
Two of the team’s victories on its spring break trip came against Midland (Neb.) University, who the Cougars beat by scores of 4-2 and 4-1. Their third victory came against Nebraska Wesleyan by a score of 3-1.
The Cougars are back in action April 6 when they travel to face Taylor (Ind.) University in a doubleheader.
They return home April 10 to face Malone University in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
For more information, visit www.mvnu.edu/athletics.