Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions softball team dropped three games this afternoon at the 2013 Border Battle falling to Central Missouri 8-2 and losing a pair to Upper Iowa 4-1 and 7-6.
Starting off the afternoon taking on the Jennies, the Lions (11-7) were slow to find their offense only scoring two runs on eight hits. The Lions would cut the Jennies' lead to one (3-2) in the bottom of the sixth on a Michala Wood fielder's choice plating pinch runner Rachel Harding, but that would be as close as the Lions would come as Central Missouri would push five runs across in top of the seventh. Right fielder Shelby Romines would go 3-for-4 with a double and RBI at the plate in game one.
Southern would face Upper Iowa of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference in their final two games Saturday. The Lions would strike first in the bottom of the second when Brooke Smith would hit a RBI single to right field scoring pitcher Haley Kinnison. That would be all the scoring the Lions would do in game one as the Peacocks would plate four runs to win the first game 4-1. Only able to muster five hits, the Lions were led by Wood who would go 2-for-3 from the dish.
The Lions would find themselves trailing 7-2 in the bottom of the seventh in the second game against the Peacocks. Slow to get going offensively all day, centerfielder Alana Hester would start the inning with a single. Brooke Swadley would follow suit putting runners on first and second for Romines. Romines would single to right field plating Hester and pushing Swadley to third base. Keeping the rally going, first baseman Dawn Grass would hit her fifth home of the year to left field driving in Swadley and Romines to close the game to 7-6.
The Lions would load the bases with one out on a intentional walk to third baseman Brooklyn Farrell. Unfortunately for Southern, the Peacocks would fan Kinnison and Hester in the next two at-bats to escape with the one run victory. The Lions would string together 14 hits in the game including three apiece for Swadley and Romines.
The Lions return to action Sunday at the Border Battle facing Nebraska-Kearney at noon and Pittsburg State at 2 pm.