2014 Missouri Southern Softball News

April 22, 2014
Kinnsion fans seven as Southern softball splits home finale vs. Rogers State
Joplin, Mo. - Sophomore pitcher Haley Kinnsion fanned seven in game two as the Missouri Southern softball team split its home finale against Rogers State (Okla.) this afternoon at Lea Kungle Field falling 6-0 in game one before winning game two 3-0 behind Kinnison's third shutout of the year.

April 15, 2014
Lions softball splits non-conference doubleheader at William Jewell
Liberty, Mo. - The Missouri Southern softball team split a non-conference doubleheader at William Jewell this afternoon coming back to win game one 3-2 before falling 9-8 in game two at William Jewell Softball Field.

April 14, 2014
Southern softball to host Advanced Skills, Cub & Lioness Camps in June
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern State Softball program will be hosting an Advanced Skills, Cub & Lioness camps this summer. All camps will take place on the campus of MSSU with instruction from head coach Bill Gray, assistant coach Nicole Hudson and team members.

April 12, 2014
Southern softball splits Senior Day doubleheader against visting Lopers
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern softball team used a 10-run, 14-hit attack in game two to salvage a Senior Day doubleheader split against the Nebraska-Kearney Lopers picking up a 10-2 five inning victory. The Lions fell 7-4 in game one.

April 11, 2014
Lions softball falls to Fort Hays State in MIAA doubleheader
Joplin, Mo. - Despite fighting back from a five-run deficit in game one, the Missouri Southern softball team was unable to complete the comeback dropping the front-end of their doubleheader to Fort Hays State 9-5 in eight innings before dropping game two 5-1.

April 9, 2014
Southern softball unable to complete comebacks dropping a pair at Pittsburg State
Pittsburg, Kan. - The Missouri Southern softball team made a pair of valiant comeback efforts this afternoon, but were unable to complete either one dropping a pair of Sonic Trophy Series games at Pittsburg State. Game one saw the Gorillas narrowly come out on top 10-9 while game two saw Pitt State win 11-7.

April 6, 2014
Grass becomes Southern softball's all-time home runs leader as Lions split vs. Washburn
Joplin, Mo. - Senior first baseman Dawn Grass became the all-time home runs leader at Missouri Southern today as the Lions split a MIAA doubleheader this afternoon against Washburn falling 16-13 in nine innings in game one before a comeback effort in game two allowed them to score five runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 7-6 victory.

April 5, 2014
Lions softball strikes for 19 hits in doubleheader split vs. #7 Emporia State
Joplin, Mo. - Combining for 19 hits and 12 runs in two games, the Missouri Southern softball team split a MIAA doubleheader this afternoon at Lea Kungle Field against seventh-ranked Emporia State falling 7-3 in game one before handing the Hornets their first MIAA defeat of the year in a wild game two winning 9-7.

April 2, 2014
Williams & Kinnison toss complete games in Lions sweep over Lindenwood
Joplin, Mo. - Behind complete game outings from pitchers Sarah Williams and Haley Kinnison, the Missouri Southern softball team swept the Lindenwood Lady Lions this afternoon at Lea Kungle Field taking game one 6-1 and winning game two 8-0 in six innings.

March 30, 2014
Southern softball drops doubleheader at Missouri Western
St. Joseph, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions softball team dropped a doubleheader at Missouri Western this afternoon falling 8-1 in game one and 11-2 in five innings in game two.

March 30, 2014
Softball's doubleheader with Rogers State moved to April 22
Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern softball's non-conference doubleheader against Rogers State (Okla.) scheduled for April 1 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 22 at 4 p.m.

March 29, 2014
Softball drops MIAA doubleheader at Northwest Missouri
Maryville, Mo. - The Missouri Southern softball team dropped a MIAA doubleheader on the road this afternoon at Northwest Missouri falling 10-0 in five innings in game one and 3-0 in eight innings as the Bearcats won on a walk-off three-run home run in game two.

March 23, 2014
Southern softball drops final two games at the MWSU Invite
St. Joseph, Mo. - The Missouri Southern softball dropped their final two games of the Missouri Western Invitational today falling 8-2 to NSIC opponent Wayne State (Neb.) and 8-5 to fellow NSIC foe St. Cloud State.

March 22, 2014
Softball wins a pair on day two of MWSU Invitational
St. Joseph, Mo. - Using a shutout followed by an offensive explosion, the Missouri Southern softball team won a pair of games on day two of the MWSU Invitational winning 2-0 over Central Missouri before taking a wild 13-7 decision over Concordia-St. Paul.

March 21, 2014
Lions softball drops two on opening day of MWSU Invitational
St. Joseph, Mo. - Despite scoring seven runs and combining for 16 hits on the day, the Missouri Southern softball team dropped their opening two games of the Missouri Western Softball Invitational this afternoon dropping a hard-fought 6-5 game to fifth-ranked Augustana (S.D.) before dropping a 5-2 game to Minnesota State Mankato.

March 20, 2014
Southern softball set to play at the Missouri Western Invitational
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions softball team will be back in action this weekend as they travel to St. Joseph, Mo. to participate in the 2014 Missouri Western Softball Invitational at Heritage Park playing six games in three days.

March 19, 2014
Lions softball drops non-conference doubleheader at Rogers State
Claremore, Okla. - The Missouri Southern Lions softball team dropped a non-conference doubleheader this afternoon at Rogers State (Okla.) falling 9-1 in six innings in game one before narrowly losing game two 1-0 at Diamond Sports Complex.

March 18, 2014
Pair of complete games aid Southern softball in sweep over Lincoln
Joplin, Mo. - Behind a pair of complete games from sophomore pitchers Sarah Williams and Haley Kinnison, the Missouri Southern softball team swept a doubleheader in their MIAA home opener this afternoon over the Lincoln University Blue Tigers winning 8-1 before taking game two 6-1 at Lea Kungle Field.

March 15, 2014
Southern softball drops doubleheader at Northeastern State
Tahlequah, Okla. - Despite taking early leads in both games, the Missouri Southern Lions softball team was unable to close the deal as Northeastern State came back to take both ends of a MIAA doubleheader this afternoon at RiverHawks Park. The RiverHawks won game one 6-3 before taking game two 8-5.

March 14, 2014
Southern softball's Saturday doubleheader at Northeastern St. moved up to 9:30 AM
Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern softball's MIAA doubleheader at Northeastern State on Saturday has been moved up to a 9:30 a.m. start time to avoid bad weather expected in the Tahlequah, Okla. area on Saturday.

March 14, 2014
Softball drops a pair at Central Oklahoma in MIAA opener
Edmond, Okla. - The Missouri Southern Lions softball team opened up MIAA action this afternoon at Central Oklahoma dropping a pair of games to the Bronchos falling 8-0 in five innings in game one and 6-1 in game two.

March 13, 2014
Lions softball opens up MIAA action at Bronchos & RiverHawks this weekend
Joplin, Mo. - After a walk-off home run from senior first baseman Dawn Grass helped the Missouri Southern softball team split a non-conference doubleheader at home against Saint Joseph (Ind.) on Wednesday, the Lions open up MIAA action this weekend at defending national champion Central Oklahoma on Friday and then travel to Northeastern State to battle the RiverHawks on Saturday.

March 12, 2014
Grass smacks walk-off home run to help Lions split with Pumas
Joplin, Mo. - Senior first baseman Dawn Grass came through in the clutch tonight as she hit a walk-off home run to give the Missouri Southern softball team a 5-4 win over St. Joseph (Ind.) in a doubleheader with the Great Lakes Valley Conference opponent at Lea Kungle Field. The visitors from Rensselaer, Indiana won game one 9-6.

March 11, 2014
Kinnison throws a two-hitter as Southern softball splits at Missouri S&T
Rolla, Mo. - Behind a two-hit shutout from sophomore pitcher Haley Kinnison, the Missouri Southern softball team split a non-conference doubleheader this afternoon at Missouri S&T. The Lady Miners won game one 2-0 before the Lions took game two 2-0 as Kathryn Goins hit a two-run home run and Kinnison only allowed two hits.

March 7, 2014
Softball drops doubleheader to Pittsburg State
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern softball team dropped a non-conference doubleheder this evening to rival Pittsburg State in the Sonic Trophy Series at Lea Kungle Field. The Lions fell 9-1 in game one and 10-3 in game two.

March 6, 2014
Softball changes weekend schedule
The Missouri Southern softball team has changed its weekend schedule with games played against Pittsburg State due to the threat of bad weather on Saturday.

March 5, 2014
Softball adds doubleheader at home against Saint Joseph on March 12
Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern softball has added a doubleheader at home with Great Lakes Valley Conference member Saint Joseph (Ind.) on March 12 starting at 4 p.m.

March 4, 2014
Softball's doubleheader with SE Oklahoma State on Thursday cancelled
Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern softball's doubleheader against Southeastern Oklahoma State scheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. in Muskogee, Oklahoma has been cancelled due to wet weather.

March 3, 2014
Southern softball's doubleheader against SE Oklahoma State rescheduled for Thursday
Joplin, Mo. - Due to the wet weather that hit Muskogee, Oklahoma this weekend, Missouri Southern softball's neutral site doubleheader with Southeastern Oklahoma State has been rescheduled for Thursday at 1 p.m. at Hillsdale High School in Muskogee.

February 26, 2014
Softball's Teri Mathis-Zenner Memorial Tournament cancelled due to weather
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions softball program has announced the cancellation of this year's Teri Mathis-Zenner Memorial Tournament scheduled to be played at the Joplin Sports Authority due to anticipated weather expected in the area this weekend.

February 23, 2014
Softball splits doubleheader at Drury
Springfield, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions softball team split a double-header at Drury University this afternoon falling 5-3 in game one before prevailing 6-3 in game two.

February 22, 2014
Softball splits home opener against Drury
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions softball team split its home opener this afternoon against the visiting Drury Lady Panthers taking game one 4-0 before falling in game two 2-0 at Lea Kungle Field.

February 16, 2014
Softball splits a pair of games on final day of UAM Eight State Classic
Bentonville, Ark. - Closing out action at the UAM Eight State Classic today, the Missouri Southern softball team split a pair of games falling to Willam Jewell 6-1 before defeating Southwestern Oklahoma State 7-2.

February 15, 2014
Southern softball splits action on day two of the UAM Eight State Classic
Bentonville, Ark. - The Missouri Southern softball team split a pair of games on day two of action at the UAM Eight-State Classic at Memorial Park and Bentonville High School falling to Southern Nazarene 9-8 before downing Ouachita Baptist 8-4 for their first win of 2014.

February 14, 2014
Softball drops opening two games at the Eight State Classic
Bentonville, Ark. - Despite taking early leads in both games, the Missouri Southern softball team dropped their opening two games at the UAM Eight State Classic today at Memorial Park. The Lions lost 9-1 to Illinois-Springfield and then later stumbled 10-2 to the Quincy (Ill.) Hawks.

February 13, 2014
Southern softball opens the 2014 season at the UAM Eight State Classic Friday
Joplin, Mo. - After being delayed an extra week, the Missouri Southern softball opens the 2014 season at the Eight-State Classic hosted by the University of Arkansas-Monticello at Memorial Park in Bentonville, Arkansas. The Lions will play six games against teams from both the Great American Conference and Great Lakes Valley Conference starting with Illinois-Springfield at 11:30 a.m. Friday.

February 13, 2014
Former softball coach Dr. Pat Lipira to be inducted into Missouri Sports Hall of Fame
Former Missouri Southern softball coach Dr. Pat Lipira will be inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame on April 24 as part of the organization's Women in Sports Luncheon. The event will take place in the Ramada Plaza Hotel and Oasis Convention Center in Springfield and is being sponsored by the Bee Payne-Stewart Foundation.

February 7, 2014
Softball adds double-header against SE Oklahoma State at Hillsdale High School
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern softball team has added a double-header against Southeastern Oklahoma to their schedule on Tueaday, March 4 as they will face off with the Savage Storm on a neutral field at Hillsdale College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The first game is set for 1:30 p.m. with the second game to follow.

February 5, 2014
Southern softball announces four games with Drury on Feb. 22 & 23
Joplin, Mo. - After this weekend's season-opening tournament at Southeastern Oklahoma State was cancelled to due to wet weather conditions, the Missouri Southern softball program has scheduled a home-and-home doubleheader with the Drury University Panthers on February 22 and 23.

February 4, 2014
Southeastern Regional Invitational cancelled due to weather
Joplin, Mo. - This weekend's Southeastern Regional Invitational hosted by Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, Okla. has been cancelled due to wet weather conditions.

January 31, 2014
Southern softball selected ninth in MIAA preseason coaches poll
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern softball team has been picked to finish 9th in the 2014 MIAA Preseason Coaches Poll, the league announced today.

December 16, 2013
Softball to host Winter Camp on January 18
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern State softball program will host a Winter Camp on January 18 featuring both hitting and pitching camps on the campus of Missouri Southern for ages 8-18.

November 20, 2013
Southern softball inks three newcomers for 2014-15
Joplin, Mo. - Missouri Southern softball head coach Bill Gray has announced the signings of three players for the 2014-15 season. The Lions will welcome Sydney Blue (Claremore, Okla.), Abi Corbett (Wentzville, Mo.) and Kali' Hodson (Anderson, Mo.).

October 10, 2013
Softball to host Elementary & Secondary Academies starting Nov. 3
Joplin, Mo. - The Missouri Southern State Softball program will host both Elementary and Secondary Academies this winter for grades 1-12. The Elementary academy will be for players in grades 1-7, while the Secondary academy will be for players in grades 8-12. Elementary academy dates will be on November 3, 10, 17 and 24, while Secondary Academy dates will be on December 1, 15, 22 and 29.

September 24, 2013
Southern softball hires former Missouri and USA Softball standout Nicole Hudson as new assistant coach
Missouri Southern softball coach Bill Gray has announced the hiring of former Webb City and University of Missouri softball standout Nicole Hudson to be the Lions' new assistant coach. Hudson will start her duties with the team in January.