Lions drop two on final day of Midwestern State Tournament

Wichita Falls, Texas -- The Missouri Southern softball team dropped a pair of games today in the final action of the Midwestern State Tournament, falling 10-1 in five innings to the host Mustangs and then 10-6 to Oklahoma Panhandle State.

Southern (1-5) could manage just two hits in game one against the Mustang(8-2) hurlers, but a single from Jessica Brooks in the fourth got things started. Jessica Johnson pinch ran for Brooks and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After an error allowed Brooke Hurley to reach, Krista Bomak singled home Johnson. 

Kayce Moore started for the Lions as Kelli Bax and Whitney Clute saw action in relief. 

In game two, the Lions scored first as back-to-back extra base hits from Brooks and Dawn Grass gave Southern an early 1-0 lead. 

Panhandle (2-6) however scored three runs in the second and four in the third to go up 7-1, before the Lions answered back with a run of their own in the third when Clute singled home Kim Diaz. 

The Lions scored another in the fourth when Natalie Nelson doubled and stole third and was then driven home on a double from Bax. Panhandle scored single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh innings, before Grass nailed her second homer of the tournament, this time a three-run bomb in the seventh, scoring Bax and Nelson. 

Grass was 2-4 in the game with four RBIs, a double and a homer, while Nelson also added two hits and two runs scored. Bax, Brooks, Clute and Lauren Hasty all had a hit. Tiffany Bennett started, while Clute and Moore pitched in relief. 

Junior third baseman Megan Roark hit .400 in the tournament with six hits, two doubles, a triple and three RBIs, while scoring a run and was named to the All-Tournament team. 

The Lions will be back in action on February 23 when they travel to Northeastern State for a double-header beginning at 1 pm.