Bentonville, Ark. - After winning their first two games of the Seven State Classic on Friday, the Missouri Southern softball team split their pair of games on Saturday at the Seven State Classic defeating Illinois-Springfield 12-3 in their first game before falling to Rockhurst (Mo.) 4-1.
After only scoring one run in a 1-0 win over Oklahoma Christian in their final game Friday, the Lions (6-2) would get the bats going early and often in their first contest scoring 12 runs on 11 hits while driving in ten runs and drawing 11 walks. The Lions would start their damage early scoring a run in the top of the first on a bases loaded walk plating second baseman Brooke Swadley. Unable to do more damage, the Lions would leave the bases loaded, three of the 11 bases runners who would be stranded on the afternoon.
Adding three more runs in the top of the third on three errors by the Prairie Stars, the Lions would find themselves up 4-0 after three innings. Illinois-Springfield would get on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth, but the Lions would answer with two-run home run by right fielder Shelby Romies in the top of the sixth to make it 6-1. Adding a run in the bottom of the sixth, the Lions would go on an offensive explosion in the seventh inning scoring six runs on three hits, two walks, an error and a hit by pitch to take a commanding 12-2 lead. Adding one more run in the bottom the seventh, the Lions would win by a final of 12-3.
Getting her third win of the year, junior right-hander Haley Pypes threw a complete game four-hitter allowing only three runs while striking out four.
In their second game of the afternoon, the Lions would match up the Rockhurst Hawks. After going down in order in the top of the first, Rockhurst would tag starting pitcher Sarah Williams with two runs in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back doubles followed by a wild pitch with two outs to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead.
Rockhurst extended their lead to 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth when the Hawks would hit a two-run home run to right field. Trying to make a comeback effort, the Lions would strand runners on second and third in the sixth inning before breaking through in the top of the seventh when Sara Stearns would pinch hit for catcher Kathryn Goins leading off with a single. Williams would follow with a single advancing Stearns to second. Michala Wood flied out to center field advancing Stearns to third. Third baseman Brooklyn Farrell would follow Wood with a double to left field plating Stearns to pull the Lions within three. Unfortunately the Lions rally would fall short as they would lose by a final of 4-1.
The Lions return to action Sunday afternoon when they play their final two games of the Seven State Classic against Ouachita Baptist at 11 am and Southern Nazarene at 1 pm.