Southern Softball drops two at Drury

Springfield, Mo. -- The Missouri Southern softball team dropped a non-conference double-header today, losing 6-3 and 10-2 at Drury in Springfield. 

Southern (9-23-1) fell victim to the big inning as Drury (11-21) plated a five run inning in game one and a six run frame in the night cap. 

In game one, the Lions were down 5-0 after two, but scored two runs of their own in the top of the third when Kelli Bax singled and stole second to start the inning. Angie Turner singled home Bax and later scored on a wild pitch. 

Both teams scored in the fourth with the Lions' run coming when Brooke Hurley doubled and scored on a ground out from Bax. Neither team would plate a run in the final three innings. 

Whitney Clute threw four and a third innings of relief of Tiffany Bennett. Turner went 3-4 in the game with a run and an RBI, while Megan Roark had two hits of her own. Bax drove in a run and scored once. 

In game two, Drury scored two in the first and one each in the second and third to go up 4-0 after three. The Lions added a run in the fourth when Hurley singled home Talisha Washington who was running for Roark. Roark had singled with two outs. 

The Panthers, however, scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth and despite a lone run in the fifth for the Lions, put away the game. 

Roark, Clute, Hurley and Natalie Nelson all had hits for the Lions in game two with Hurley picking up the lone RBI. Kayce Moore started and went three innings, while Bennett pitched an inning in relief. 

The Lions will be back in action this Friday when they play host to Southwest Baptist in a double-header beginning at 3 pm.