Joplin, Mo. – The Missouri Southern Lions Softball team (10-17, 2-0 MIAA) won their opening series in MIAA play for the first time since a double header sweep of Southwest Baptist on March 8, 2005. The Lions downed visiting Northwest Missouri State University (11-17, 2-8 MIAA) 10-0 and 8-0 in run ruled shortened games at Lea Kungle Field at the Robert W. Plaster Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon.
In game one the Lions looked consistent on offense scoring two runs in the first inning followed by a run in each of the next two frames before the offense exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth to account for the 10-0 win. Southern tallied 10 hits with doubles by seniors Breanna Volkmann, Brianna Fulkerson (2), Brooke Hurley (2) and sophomore Shelby Romines, as Fulkerson, Hurley, Romines, sophomore Haley Pypes, and sophomore Brooklyn Farrell each went a perfect 2-for-2 at the dish for the Green & Gold.
Hurley added three RBIs to lead the Lions in the category with Fulkerson and Pypes adding two RBIs each as well.
Pypes (6-2) got the start for Southern in the circle and held the Bearcats scoreless while allowing just three hits and striking out three in five innings of work.
Game two saw more consistent work at the dish for the Lions as they plated two runs in each inning from the second through the fifth for the 8-0 win.
Southern got another double digit performance in hits at the dish as Fulkerson went 3-for-4 to lead the Lions, while Romines tallied a 2-for-3 performance and Volkmann went 2-for-4. Romines collected her first triple of the season in the bottom of the third that scored Hurley for a 3-0 lead,
Fulkerson and Romines led in the RBI category with three and two respectively.
Junior Hannah Cooke (3-8) won her third straight game as she scattered six Northwest Missouri hits in five innings of work, striking out two and walking just one Bearcat hitter.
On The Day
The Lions went 22-of-43 on the day at the plate with 18 runs scored and 16 RBIs as a team.
Fulkerson was the big winner on the day for the Lions going 5-of-6 at the dish with five RBIs and two runs scored. Hurley went 3-for-3 on the day with four RBIs and four runs scored, while Romines went 4-of-5 with three RBIs and two runs scored and Farrell went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
The Lions are back in action Monday afternoon as they host the Bulldogs of Truman State University in a MIAA doubleheader with first pitch scheduled at 2pm.