Wichita Falls, Texas -- The Missouri Southern softball team split a pair of games in day two of the Midwestern State Tournament, taking out Western New Mexico 9-1 in five innings in game one, but falling 4-3 to Panhandle State in game two.
The Lions (1-3) led 2-0 after three innings against Western New Mexico (3-5) on RBIs from Angie Turner and Breanna Volkmann. Southern then exploded for three runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth to evoke the 8-run policy and end the game early.
RBIs from Megan Roark, Jessica Brooks and Vokmann highlighted the fourth. In the fifth Dawn Grass hit her first career home run to lead off the inning. Southern then loaded the bases, before Krista Bomak doubled, scoring Whitney Clute and Brooke Hurley. Kelli Bax then drove in Roark for the game winner.
Tiffany Bennett started and threw four innings, allowing just four hits and striking out four. Clute pitched the final inning.
In the Lions' second game of the day, Southern scored three runs in the first on Panhandle (1-5). Clute doubled home Volkmann and then Roark doubled home both Grass and Kiley Sibenaler.
Freshman Kayce Moore started for the Lions and threw 5.1 shutout innings, before Panhandle scored all four of their runs in the inning.
The Lions will be back in action tomorrow taking on Midwestern State and Panhandle State.