April 3, 2010

Turner's perfect day at the plate help lead Lions over SBU in double-header sweep

Joplin, Mo. -- Angie Turner had a perfect day at the plate and helped the Lions to a double-header sweep of Southwest Baptist winning game one 4-1 and the nightcap, 5-4. 

Southern (11-23-1, 2-4 MIAA) scored late runs in both games to take out the Bearcats (11-17, 0-4 MIAA). 

In game one, the Lions scored first as Turner hit a home run to straight away center field in the first inning. SBU answered back with a run in the top of the second, but Southern scored three times in the fifth to put the game away. 

With an out, Breanna Volkmann reached on a walk. She moved to second when Natalie Nelson reached on a sacrifice bunt and Volkmann moved to third when no one was covering the bag. She then scored on an infield bunt single from Kelli Bax. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch and then scored on a two-RBI single from Turner.

Whitney Clute went the distance and allowed just three hits and one unearned run. She struck out seven and walked none.

Turner was 2-2 with a run and three RBIs, while Bax and Dawn Grass picked up the Lions' other two hits. 

In game two, the Lions were down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the second inning before Southern got on the board. Back-to-back doubles from Clute and Megan Roark to start the inning gave the Lions a run. 

The game would stay that way until the fifth when the Lions exploded for four runs to take a 5-3 lead. Nelson singled to start the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. Bax sacrificed Nelson to third, and Turner walked to put runners at the corners. Grass then singled up the middle, scoring Nelson and moving Turner to third. Grass moved to second on the throw. Clute drove them both in with a single to right and moved up on the throw. She later scored when Roark singled to right. 

SBU threatened in the seventh and scored a single run in the inning, but Clute, who had relieved starter Tiffany Bennett to start the inning recovered and got her first save of the year. 

Bennett started for the Lions and went six innings, scattering six hits, allowing three unearned runs and striking out five, while walking none. 

Clute went 2-3 at the plate, scoring two runs and driving in two more. Roark had two hits and a pair of RBIs, while Grass went 2-3 with an RBI. Nelson and Turner both had a hit and scored once. 

The Lions will be back in action this Wednesday, April 7, playing host to Pittsburg State in a double-header beginning at 5 pm. The game will be the Lions' annual Strikeout Cancer night. Southern will be wearing pink shirts and taking donations in help of breast cancer research.