Southern softball sets single season mark for doubles in split at Central Missouri
Warrensburg, Mo. - Recording seven doubles as a team on the afternoon, the Missouri Southern softball team split a doubleheader this afternoon at Central Missouri falling 4-0 before taking game two from the Jennies 8-1 as the Lions set a new school record for doubles in a season with 79 eclipsing the old mark of 76 set in 1995.
The Lions (18-34, 8-16 MIAA) exploded for 22 hits and eight runs in the two games as seven different Lions recorded at least two hits. Jessica Castoe and Michala Wood led the way as each recorded four hits while Brooklyn Farrell and Alexah Replogle each had three hits apiece and combined for three doubles.
Game one saw Southern collect nine hits, getting at least one in six of the seven innings, but were unable to plate a run in the contest. Castoe, Wood and Chloe Brown each collected two hits. The Jennies (26-20, 13-11) scored three runs in the third before adding a leadoff solo home run to center to start the sixth to make it a 4-0 game. The Lions best opportunities came to score in the first and the third, but they stranded runners on second and third in both cases. Sarah Williams threw in the circle in game one as she pitched six innings allowing three earned runs and struck out one.
Southern's offense came to light in game two as they scored eight runs and collected 13 hits. Five different Lions recorded two hits apiece. The Lions got the scoring started early plating a run in the first off a Shelby Romines single scored Wood from second. Kathryn Goins made it 2-0 in the fourth as she smacked her seventh home run of the season to left field. A four-run fifth gave the Lions a 6-0 edge as they plated three runs on a bases-loaded RBI single to center field by Replogle before Brooke Swadley added a single to left scoring Replogle.
After UCM tacked on a run in the sixth, the Lions added two more runs in the seventh as Swadley hit a two-run homer, her second of the season, to put the Lions up 8-1. The two home runs in game two now give Southern 32 home runs as a team on the season as they have demolished the previous record of 24 set in 2005. Starting pitcher Haley Kinnison retired UCM in order in the bottom of the seventh to pick her 11th win of the year as she pitched all seven innings allowing only four hits, one run and struck out four.
Southern wraps up the season on Saturday traveling to Southwest Baptist (15-29, 7-17) to face the Bearcats at 1 p.m. at SBU Softball Field.