Lions split a pair with Central Missouri

Joplin, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern softball team split a pair of games today in MIAA action, using a bases-loaded walk in extra innings to take game one 8-7, and then falling 6-2 in the nightcap against the Jennies. 

Southern (16-36-1, 5-9 MIAA) scored twice in the first two innings to go up 4-1 after two in game one. A walk to Breanna Volkmann and back-to-back doubles from Angie Turner and Dawn Grass scored the Lions' two runs in the first and a two-RBI single from Grass in the second made the score 4-1. 

Central (20-19, 6-4 MIAA) answered back with two runs in the third and two more in the fourth to go up 5-4. 

The Lions tied it up in the fourth with an RBI single from Brooke Hurley, but Central again went ahead, this time with two runs in the top of the seventh. 

But the Lions answered right back and tied the game with two in the seventh. The Lions loaded the bases and with one out, Kim Diaz walked to force in a run and a single from Kelli Bax scored the tying run. 

Central went quietly in the eighth and with one out, the Lions loaded the bases again in the eighth. A strikeout gave the Lions a bases-loaded, two out situation, but Diaz again worked a walk to force in the winning run. 

Grass was 2-4 with three RBIs in the game, while Turner went 2-5  and Jessica Brooks had three hits, as well. Bax, Volkmann and Hurley had a hit each for Southern. Tiffany Bennett started and went three innings. Whitney Clute relieved and went the final five, allowing just one hit and no earned runs, while facing just four batters over the minimum. 

The Lions went up first in game two with a run in the first when Megan Roark singled home Volkmann.

The Jennies, however, put up four runs in the second and a single run in each of the third and fourth innings to go up 6-1 after four. 

The Lions added a run in the fifth when Natalie Nelson scored after a pickoff attempt from the catcher went into left field. 

Roark had two hits and an RBI in game two, while four other Lions had a hit each. Clute started and went two innings, while Bax and Bennett pitched the final five innings. 

The Lions will be back in action this weekend when Southern plays host to Fort Hays in a double-header at 1 pm.