Lea Kungle & Gene Wild Softball Fields

 

Kungle and Wild Field are part of the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex on the campus of Missouri Southern

 

 

   Lea Kungle & Gene Wild Softball Fields

 

 

 

Gene Wild Field has a grass outfield, and the fence is set at 210 feet.

The Lions made Gene Wild Field their home facility in 2000, and defended the facility well, posting a near-perfect 13-1 record that season. In four seasons on Gene Wild Field, Missouri Southern is 77-33. Overall, Missouri Southern now holds a 259-81 record at home.



Lea Kungle Field was completed in the fall of 1985.



 Lea Kungle Field was dedicated March 20, 1986, as the Lions split a doubleheader against Northwest Missouri State, 1-0 and 1-4.

The Lions made a change in their home field for the 2011 season as Lea Kungle Field became the home field for Southern Softball.

Kungle Field was rededicated on Friday April 8, 2011 after the improvements were made to the field.  The Lions split a doubleheader with Fort Hays State winning game one 2-1 and dropping the nightcap 9-5.

The longest winning streak on the field is 21 games from April 25, 1990, when the Lions swept Northeastern State University 5-1 and 3-0, to March 11, 1992, when Southern downed Southwest Missouri State University 5-0. The streak included a perfect 16-0 campaign in 1991, one of two perfect seasons the Lions have enjoyed at Lea Kungle (the other coming in the form of a 15-0 record in 1995).

In 1996, expansion of the softball facility at Missouri Southern began. The facility now includes Gene Wild Field, a press box, concession stand, restrooms, and lights. Its fields are used for the Lions' tournaments and Missouri Southern intramural competition.

The vast majority of the expansion work was donated by Missouri Army National Guard, 203rd Engineer Battalion.



Lea Kungle Field was named in honor of the wife of Arthur Kungle, a former Missouri Southern regent from 1964-90, and an avid sports fan. 



Lea Kungle Field was dedicated March 20, 1986, as the Lions split a doubleheader against Northwest Missouri State, winning 1-0 and losing 4-1.

The longest winning streak on the field is 21 games from April 25, 1990, when the Lions swept Northeastern State University 5-1 and 3-0, to March 11, 1992, when Southern downed Southwest Missouri State University 5-0. The streak included a perfect 16-0 campaign in 1991, one of two perfect seasons the Lions have enjoyed at Lea Kungle (the other coming in the form of a 15-0 record in 1995).

In 1996, expansion of the softball facility at Missouri Southern began. The facility now includes Gene Wild Field, a press box, concession stand, restrooms, and lights. 2011 will revel a new look to Lea Kungle, with new brick dugouts, a storage room attached to first base side, five 10' x 10' hitting stations around the current batting cage, outfield fence moved to 205' in left field and 196' in right field, and bull pens beyond the outfield fences.

The vast majority of the expansion work was donated by Missouri Army National Guard, 203rd Engineer Battalion.

Lea Kungle Field was named in honor of the wife of Arthur Kungle, a former Missouri Southern regent from 1964-90, and an avid sports fan.