JOPLIN -Behind a shutout from freshman pitcher SarahWilliams, the Missouri Southern softball team split a double-header at homethis afternoon against the Lincoln University Blue Tigers falling in gameone 4-3 in eight innings before winning game two 5-0.
Throwingseven shutout innings in game two to pick up her seventh win of the year,Williams held the Blue Tigers (14-17-1, 6-12 MIAA) to six hitsallowing no runs with five strikeouts and two walks while loweringher ERA to a team-low 2.52. After dropping a heartbreaker in extrainnings in game one, the Lions (23-23, 10-14) would rebound in game two scoringfive runs on 11 hits.
The Lionswould get two hits apiece in the nightcap from first baseman DawnGrass, designated player HaleyPypes and catcher RachelHarding. Starting the scoring in the bottom of the first, center fielder AlanaHester would lead off with a single advancing to second an a errorfrom the pitcher. Moving to third on a groundout from second baseman BrookeSwadley, a sacrifice fly from right fielder ShelbyRomines would score the Lions' first run.
Holding theBlue Tigers off the board, Southern would tag on four more runs in thefifth when Grass would lead off with a double to right center. Pinchrunning for Grass would be BrookeSmith who would come around to score after a Pypes single would move her tothird scoring on a single from third baseman BrooklynFarrell. Shortstop MichalaWood would follow with a double to center field scoring Pypesand moving Farrell to third. Knocking out the Blue Tigers' startingpitcher Star McLeod out of the game, left fielder ChloeBrown would groundout to second plating Farrell and moving Woodto third. Finally, Wood would come around to score on a wild pitch to score theLions' fifth run of the game.
Despite atough luck loss in game one, freshman HaleyKinnison would keep Southern in the game throwing all eight inningsallowing only six hits, four runs, only one earned with four strikeouts.
With Lincolntaking a 3-1 lead with a run in the top of the sixth, Southern would tie thegame at 3-3 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning when Brown wouldleadoff the inning with a solo home run to left field, her first of the year.Hester would follow with a hit by pitch moving to third on asacrifice bunt from Swadley and would come home to score on a perfectly placedbunt from Romines.
With neitherteam scoring in the seventh, the Blue Tigers would lead off extra innings witha one-out single to left field from Shantae Duren. Moving to second on asingle, Duren would advance to third on a walk loading the bases for lead-offhitter Sam Kircher, who would hit a sacrifice fly to right field platingDuren. Despite a lead-off single from catcher KathrynGoins, Southern would be unable to get a run across as the next three Lionswould be retired.
The Lions areback in action next Friday when they host the University of Central MissouriJennies (20-18, 10-10) at Lea Kungle Field at 4 p.m. for the annual PinkGame