Lions and Gorillas play to 7-7 tie in softball action

Pittsburg, Kan. -- Jessica Brooks hit a solo shot to right field in the top of the seventh inning tonight to tie the game at seven and that's how it stood as weather forced tonight's softball with Pittsburg State to end in a 7-7 tie. The second game of the scheduled double-header was also cancelled. 

The tie is the first ever recorded tie in Missouri Southern softball history. 

Southern (4-14-1) scored first when Dawn Grass doubled to left center and then scored when Whitney Clute reached on an error. 

Pitt (6-6-1) added three runs in the bottom half of the inning when an error allowed one run and Erin DeStefano drove in two with a single. 

The Lions, however, would answer back with three runs in the top of the second as Brooks cleared the bases with a double off of the left center field wall. Southern added another run in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Natalie Nelson, scoring Kiley Sibenaler. 

Pit scored two in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at five and then another in the fourth to go ahead 6-5. 

Both teams scored runs in the fifth. The Lions worked the bases loaded and pinch hit with Angie Turner who worked the count full then drew an RBI walk to tie the game at six. 

Pitt's Amanda DeCastro put the Gorillas up 7-6 in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single through the left side. 

That set up the seventh for the Lions. With two outs on the board, Brooks came to the plate. After working a 1-1 count, she took an outside pitch over the right field fence to tie the game. 

Pitt got a two-out single in the bottom half of the inning, but Kelli Bax got Ali Scruggs to ground out to first to end the inning. 

At that point, both coaches and umpires agreed to not play extra innings. 

Brooks went 2-4 with four RBIs, a run, a double and a homer. Megan Roark and Krista Bomak had two hits each, while Breanna Volkmann had three hits and scored once. Grass, Lauren Hasty and Whitney Clute all had a hit each. 

Tiffany Bennett started for the Lions and allowed two earned runs in three innings of work. Bax relieved Bennett and went four innings, scattering four hits and allowing only one earned run. 

The two teams won't have to wait much longer to face-off as the Lions will open up the 2010 Pitt State Invitational this Friday against the host Gorillas at 4 pm.