Kirksville, Mo. - The Missouri Southern softball team dropped a pair of close games this afternoon in an MIAA double-header at Truman falling 9-3 in game one before losing 4-3 on a walk-off double in game two.
The Lions (15-13, 2-4 MIAA) were led in game one by designated player Haley Kinnison, who went 3-for-4 from the plate, including a two-run RBI double.
Taking an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first, leadoff hitter Alana Hester would reach base after a third strike would get away from the catcher. Reaching third base on a passed ball, Hester would score the Lions' first run after Kinnison would drive her in with a single to left field.
With the Bulldogs (15-5, 3-1) scoring four runs in the bottom of the third inning, the Lions' would cut Truman's lead to one in the top of the fifth when Kinnison would lace a two-out two-run RBI double to right center plating Brooklyn Farrell and Shelby Romines.
Unfortunately that would be as close as the Lions would give up five runs in the final two innings, including four in the sixth, to fall 9-3.
The Lions' would find themselves right back in the second game scoring a run in the top of the third when Farrell with drive a two-out RBI double to left center plating second baseman Rachel Harding. Harding would get on base with the Lions' first hit of the game leading off the third with a double to right field.
Always seeming to have an answer to the Lions' scoring all day, the Bulldogs would answer with back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead. The Lions would not go down without a fight though scoring a run in the top of the fourth and another in the top of the seventh to knot the game at 3-3 as Michala Wood would come in to score on an error by the Bulldog's catcher. The Bulldogs would hit a one-out double to left field in the bottom of the seventh to walk-off with the win.
Haley Kinnison would pitch game two for the Lions going 6.1 innings giving up six hits and four earned runs while striking out six.
The Lions return to action Saturday when they travel to Lindenwood University to face the Lady Lions in a double-header starting at 2 p.m at the Lou Brock Sports Complex.