Maryville, Mo. -- Despite scoring 20 runs, knocking out five home runs and eight total extra-base hits, the Missouri Southern softball team dropped a pair of games today at Northwest Missouri, falling 11-10 in game one and 14-10 in game two.
Southern (9-21-1, 0-4 MIAA) scored eight runs over the first three innings in game one and held an 8-3 lead after three. A sacrifice fly from Dawn Grass in the first, a two-run single from Kelli Bax in the second and a three run homer from Krista Bomak in the third accounted for the first six runs and Bax drove in two more in the third with a triple.
Northwest (14-9, 2-0 MIAA) answered back with a run in the fourth and five in the fifth to make the score 9-8 Bearcats. A two-run homer from Grass in the sixth briefly gave the Lions back the lead at 10-9, but Northwest scored a pitch on a wild pitch in the seventh to take the game.
Bax drove in four with two hits in game one. Grass and Bomak both homered and drove in three in the game.
In game two, Northwest scored five runs over the first two innings, before the Lions answered back with seven runs in the third and two in the fourth to go up 9-5 after three and a half.
Back-to-back home runs from Natalie Nelson and Bax to start the third got the Lions going in the inning. Megan Roark drove in two with a single and Bomak drove in a run with a double. Nelson then drove in two more with a single in her second at-bat of the inning.
A home run from Angie Turner and an RBI single from Whitney Clute accounted for two runs for the Lions in the top of the fourth, but Northwest answered back with three runs of their own to come within a run as the Lions led 9-8 after four.
Southern scored another run in the top of the fifth to go up 10-8. With two runners on, Turner singled up the middle to score Bax.
Northwest then exploded for six runs in the bottom of the seventh, capped off by a game-ending grand slam off the bat of Kit Daugherty.
Nelson drove in three in the game, while Roark and Turner had a pair of RBIs each. Bax, Bomak and Clute had an RBI each, while Turner and Bax had four hits apiece.
The Lions will be back in action this Wednesday with a non-conference match up at Drury. The double-header will begin at 3 pm.