Softball sweeps double-header over Newman; falls to Oklahoma City Saturday

Oklahoma City - The Missouri Southern Lions softball team improved to 10-3 on the year Saturday sweeping a double-header over Newman (Kan.) 6-4 in eight innings and 6-2. The Lions fell to NAIA power Oklahoma City 10-4 in their first game of the afternoon.

Falling victim to a eight-run bottom of the second inning against the Stars, the Lions would be unable to get their offense going in the game losing 10-4. The Lions would find their bats in the double-header against Newman though combining for 12 runs on 20 hits, including six doubles and two home runs in the two games.

With the Lions and Jets tied at four apiece at the end of seven innings, the Lions would tag on two runs in the top of the eighth when Brooklyn Farrell would hit a double to centerfield to drive in Kathryn Goins, who began the inning on second base due to the international tie-breaker runner rule. Brooke Swadley would drive a RBI single to left field plating Farrell to give the Lions a two-run lead and a win in the first game.

The teams would turn around and play again with Newman jumping out to a 1-0 lead after an inning and half, but the Lions would respond with two runs in the bottom of the second as Chloe Brown and Alana Hester had RBI hits to make the game 2-1.  The Lions would tack on three more runs in the bottom of the fourth before adding one more for good measure in the fifth when Dawn Grass hit a solo home run, her third of the day, to make the game 6-2 and take home the win.

Freshman Sarah Williams would get credit for her second win in the first game throwing eight innings, allowing five hits, four runs, only one earned while striking out six hitters. Hannah Cooke would get credit for the win in the second game throwing seven innings giving up six hits, two runs, one earned.

The Lions are back in action Sunday when they return to Ann Lacy Stadium playing Illinois-Springfield at 2 p.m. and Oklahoma City at 4 p.m.