Joplin, Mo. -- Megan Roark hit a grand slam in a 4-1 win over Missouri Western today at the 2010 Teri Mathis Zenner Memorial Classic, but the Lions fell 4-0 to Oklahoma City and 7-0 to Midwestern State.
Southern (4-13) hung tough with Oklahoma City in the day's first game and took a 1-1 tie into the seventh when OCU scored three runs in the top of the inning to take control. Southern picked up its lone run in the fifth on an RBI single From Natalie Nelson that scored Krista Bomak.
Kelli Bax started the game and looked strong, going four innings and allowing one unearned run, while scattering six hits for the no-decision. Tiffany Bennett Pitched in relief for the Lions. Dawn Grass, Breanna Volkmann and Nelson picked up the Lions' three hits.
In game two, Southern exploded for four runs in the third off the bat of Roark and behind a three-hit performance from Whitney Clute, dominated the Griffons.
Nelson reached on an error to start the inning and was moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Bax. Both Jessica Brooks and Grass walked, before Nelson was out at home on a fielder's choice, setting up Roark's at-bat. The junior worked a 3-1 count before depositing the next pitch over the scoreboard in right center. Clute threw 80 pitches in the game, striking out one, while allowing just one unearned run and three hits.
In the day's finale, Midwestern State jumped on Lions' pitching and scored five runs in the first two innings to secure the win. The Mustangs added two more runs in the seventh, as pitcher Krista Gutierrez scattered seven hits in shutting out the Lions.
Grass had two hits for Southern, while Bax, Brooks, Clute, Volkmann and Nelson all had a hit each. Bennett started for Southern and went one and a third, while Bax threw 4.2 in relief and Kayce Moore threw the final inning.
The Lions will conclude the tournament tomorrow with a game against Northwest Missouri at 5 pm and Northeastern State at 7 pm.