Softball Splits MIAA Twin bill with Southwest Baptist

Press Release MSSU:

Missouri Southern Softball (8-24, 3-7 MIAA) split a pair of MIAA games Tuesday evening at Lea Kungle Field with Southwest Baptist (12-19, 4-10 MIAA), beating the Bearcats 5-4 in game one before falling 1-0 in the nightcap.

Game One

Southern opened the scoring by plating two runs in the home half of the first as Alana Hester scored on Myranda Stewart‘s double to deep center field. Stewart would then score following Kathryn Goins-Osburn‘s single and a throwing error by the SBU third baseman. Southwest Baptist would come right back and take the lead in the second as the Bearcats loaded the bases with two outs before a bases loaded walk, a RBI single to right field and a run scoring during a rundown for before the third out. SBU would tack on another run in the third as they took a 4-2 lead headed into the home half of the fourth.

In the bottom of the fourth the Lions regained the lead as Michala Wood lead off with a double to left center and advanced to third on Brooke Swadley‘s single to left. Wood scored on Dru Coleman‘s single to right center that also moved Swadley to third. With Dakoda Owings running for Coleman, Swadley would score on a wild pitch that moved Owings to second. Owings advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a RBI infield single by Hester for the 5-4 lead.

Kali’ Hodson got the start for the Lions as she went three innings giving up four runs, all earned, on five hits with two strike outs. Shelby Mitchell (3-2) recorded the win with one inning of work allowing just two hits and two walks. Ashley Lutz got her first career save with three hitless innings for work to go with four strike outs.

Game Two

The nightcap saw both teams combined for just six hits and one run as the defense took center stage. Stewart made several SCTop10 plays at third to keep SBU scoreless until the fourth when Brittanie Halquist sent a solo shot over the left field fence for the game’s only run.

Southern’s three hits came from Hester, another infield single to shortstop, Sarah Williams, a two out single that screamed passed the SBU first baseman in the fourth, and Swadley with a seeing eye two out single just over the shortstop’s glove in the seventh.

Lutz (5-10) went the distance in going seven innings allowing just the one run on three hits with two strike outs and no walks.

On The Day

Hester’s first stolen base in game one gave her 16 for the season and 56 for her career. She now sits alone in third on the Southern’s All-Time list in stolen bases.

Hester, Coleman, and Swadley all finished the day 2-for-6 (.333) with Hester and Coleman collecting a RBI each and Hester and Swadley each scoring a run. Wood and Stewart finished with the only two extra base hits on the day, both doubles.

Lutz combined for 10 innings of work allowing just the one run with an ERA of 0.70 and an opponent’s batting average of .094.

Up Next

The Lions will be back in action Wednesday April 1 as they host Central Missouri in a pair of MIAA games. First pitch from Lea Kungle Field is scheduled for 3pm.