Lions Softball Earns Split in Final Day of Holiday Inn Classic

Wichita Falls, Texas – The Missouri Southern Lions (1-5) got their first win of the season as they split in the final day of the Holiday Inn Classic hosted by Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.  The Lions downed the Golden Sun of Arkansas Tech 12-6 in game one and fell to the host Mustangs in the nightcap 13-5 in 5 innings.

Game One

Senior Brooke Hurley turned in one of her best performances in her career going 2-for-4 at the dish with four RBIs including a double and a 3-run home run that gave the Lions their first lead of the game at 5-3 in the second inning.  Senior Alysha Poteat and freshman Brooke Swadley also finished 2-for-4 at the plate and each had two RBIs.

Five Lions had multiple hits, Hurley, Poteat, Swadley, senior Brianna Fulkerson (3-for-5), and freshman Dru Coleman (2-for-3).

The seventh inning started off with the Lions down 6-5, and then Fulkerson led off with a double to left center and advanced to third on an error by the Golden Suns' second baseman.  Fulkerson would score on Poteat's single to right.  Hurley would walk and Coleman reached safely on a sacrifice bunt where the Arkansas Tech defense couldn't make a play on the runners to load the bases.  After a strike out by sophomore Shelby Romines, Coach Bill Gray would insert senior Lydia Niemegeers to pinch hit for junior Hannah Cooke.  Niemegeers would connect for a single to left to score Poteat.  Freshman Brooke Smith would then ground out to short stop to score Hurley and sophomore Brooklyn Farrell, running for Coleman, would score along with Niemegeers on Swadley's single through the left side.  Swadley would advance to third on a single by senior Breanna Volkmann.  Swadley and Volkmann would complete a double steal just a few pitches later to make the score 11-6 Lions.  Fulkerson would then hit a single that advanced Volkmann to third and Volkmann would score on Poteat's single, to provide the final 12-6 score.

Cooke would get the start inside the circle for the Lions going 3 1/3 innings giving up five runs, two of which were earned, on seven hits.  Sophomore Haley Pypes (1-2) would then come in relief of Cooke in the fourth inning and finish the game allowing a solo run on two hits to earn her first victory of the season.

Game Two

Coming off the offensive outburst in the late innings of game one the Lions bats went cold to start their final game at the Holiday Inn Classic against host Midwestern State University.  Southern fell behind early 6-0 in the bottom of the first but managed to scratch and claw their way back with two runs in the second and three in the third to make it a one run game headed into the bottom of the third.

The second inning started with Niemegeers walking then scored on a throwing error on the third baseman off a batted ball from Romines.  Romines would end up at third after back-to-back walks to Farrell and Volkmann and would score as Swadley was hit by a pitch.

Niemegeers then reached base the next inning on a walk with one out and advanced to third on a single by Romines.  A walk of Pypes would load the bases and a second walk to Smith would score Niemegeers.  An illegal pitch would score the second Lions run of the inning, Romines, and the final Southern run came on a double to center by Farrell.

Junior Kayce Moore (0-2) got the start and suffered the loss for the Lions as she was only able to work 1/3 of the first inning.  She allowed six runs, all earned, on five hits with three walks.  Sophomore Arlissa Arwood came in relief and pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing five runs, four earned, on seven hits with one walk and one strike out.  Cooke would close out the game pitching the final two innings allowing just two runs, both earned, on four hits with no walks and one strike out.

Southern will be back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Russellville, Arkansas for a rematch with the Arkansas Tech Golden Sun at 2pm.