Southern Splits Final Day of Border Battle
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions Softball (6-4) split the final day of the 2011 Boarder Battle, losing 13-8 to Cameron University before downing Southwestern Oklahoma State 8-4 in the nightcap.
In game one, Southern faced off with Cameron University. The Aggies scored in every inning en route to a 13-8 win. In that game, Southern trailed 3-2 going into the fourth inning. In the fourth frame, Cameron clean-up hitter Leslie Martini hit a grand slam off of pitcher Shelby Romines to go up 7-2 on the Lions. However, in the bottom of the fourth, Southern got four runs of their own, highlighted by Natalie Nelson's 2-run double.
Cameron put the game out of question in the next two innings, outscoring MSSU 5-0 in the fifth and sixth innings combined. Missouri Southern's Megan Roark hit her second home run of the year to bring the score to its final.
Romines pitched four innings giving up seven runs in the loss for the Lions.
Offensively, Roark, Nelson, and Brooklyn Farrell all had two RBI for Southern.
In game two, Southern took an early lead and never looked back against the Southwest Oklahoma Bulldogs. The Lions took the nightcap 8-4 to close out the tournament.
Sporting a 3-2 lead, MSSU scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the game away. In the frame, Dawn Grass hit her fourth homer of the season (and her third of the tournament), a 2-run shot that got the inning rolling. A few batters later, Nicole Reed smoked a 2-run hit into left center field. Finally, Roark, who started the inning off with a double, got her second hit of the inning drove in the final run of the frame.
Roark finished game two 3-for-3 with a home run (her second of the day, third of year) and 3 RBI.
Grass also homered for Southern and drove in two runs. Other offensive stars for the Lions were Brianna Fulkerson and Reed with two hits apiece.
Reed also pitched a full seven innings for Southern, allowing four runs (three earned) and striking out nine.
Southern will next be in action Wednesday, March 2 at Northeastern State. There the Lions will play a double-header before returning home for the Teri Mathis-Zenner Memorial Tournament of Friday and Saturday and Sunday (Mar. 5 and 6).