Southern softball splits double-header with Pitt State
PITTSBURG -Behind a clutch bases-clearing double from catcher KathrynGoins in extra innings, the Missouri Southern softball team used aoffensive explosion in game two to split the Sonic Trophy Series double-headerat Pittsburg State tonight winning 11-8 in game two after falling 5-1 in gameone.
With thenightcap tied at eight apiece going into the eighth inning, right fielder ShelbyRomines would lead-off the inning with a single. After the next twoSouthern batters would be retired, third baseman BrooklynFarrell would slap a single to right center moving Romines to third base.With shortstop MichalaWood walking to load the bases, Goins would drive a bases-clearing doubleto left center giving the Lions the lead as they would hold on for the win.
The Lions'would start slow offensively on the evening in game one as they would only beable to muster a single hit in the game. Despite getting solid contact on theball all game, Southern would be unable to find the open area all day as asingle to left center by first baseman DawnGrass to lead off the second inning would be the Lions' only hit of thegame.
Fallingbehind 1-0 early, Southern would tie the game up at one apiece in the top ofthe third as catcher RachelHarding would lead off the inning getting on base on an error by the Gorilla'ssecond baseman. With left fielder ChloeBrown moving her over to second on a sacrifice bunt, Harding would move tothird on a walk to Romines and would then come home to score on a walk byGrass. Southern would be unable to capitalize with the bases loaded situationas designated player HaleyKinnison would strike out. The Gorillas would respond with a pair of runsin the bottom of the third of a single and then add two more in the fourth towin 5-1.
Turning thepage, the nightcap would be a total reversal for the Lions as they wouldput together their ninth game of the year scoring ten or more runswhile tying a season-high with 15 hits and 11 runs batted in. Southernreached both of those marks in their 14-13 win over Southern Nazarene atthe Seven State Classic. The Lions would be led by Romines who would go 4-for-5with a double, a RBI and two runs while raising her batting average on the yearto .381. Farrell would also have solid game two going 4-for-4 from the platewith two runs scored. Center fielder AlanaHester and Goins would only have one hit apiece, but each would have keybases-clearing doubles to key Southern's comeback victory.
With theGorillas (22-20, 10-12) taking a 4-1 lead after five innings and theLions only having four hits, Southern would catch fire and double that mark inthe sixth scoring seven runs on eight hits to take a 8-4 lead. The seven-runinning would be the second-largest single inning for Southern this year afterscoring eight runs in the fourth inning at Lindenwood on March 23.
Designatedplayer HaleyPypes would lead off the inning with a single to right center and comearound to score on a single by Brown cutting the lead to 4-2. With Brown atfirst, Goins on third thanks to a walk and Farrell on second after asingle, Hester would step to the plate with the bases-loaded and deliver adouble to center field clearing the bases and putting the Lions up 5-4.Knocking the Gorillas starter out of the game, Southern would add three moreruns as BrookeSwadley would double driving Hester home. Romines would follow with asingle to plate Swadley and finally Pypes would return to the plate and singledriving home Romines.
Answeringwith a leadoff home run in the bottom of the sixth, the Gorillas would tie upthe game in the bottom of the seventh scoring a run on a wild pitchand add two more on a two-run RBI single.
After Goinsdouble put Southern up by three, SarahWilliams would retire the side in order in the bottom ofthe eighth to secure her sixth win of the year. Coming on inrelief of starting pitcher Kinnison, Williams threw 2.2 innings giving up onlytwo hits and three runs .
The Lionsreturn to action Friday afternoon when they play their first home gamesince March 30 when they host the Lincoln Blue Tigers (13-16-1, 5-11) in adouble-header starting at 4 p.m at Lea Kungle Field.
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