Lions softball splits a pair of games at Washburn

Topeka, Kan. -- Angie Turner had three RBIs and three hits in the double-header as the Missouri Southern softball team split a double-header at Washburn today, winning 3-0 in the opener and falling 4-3 in extra innings in game two. 

Southern (13-27-1, 4-8 MIAA) got a superb pitching performance in game one from Whitney Clute as the senior from Webb City went the distance in shutting out the Lady Blues. She scattered five hits, while striking out two and walking none. 

The Lions scored a run in each of the first and the second innings as Angie Turner homered in the first and Breanna Volkmann drove in Clute in the second with an RBI single. 

Southern scored one more run in the seventh, as Kelli Bax doubled down the left field line, scoring Krista Bomak

Turner, Clute and Volkmann had two hits each in the game, while Turner, Bax and Volkmann drove in a run each. 

Washburn (19-15, 6-5 MIAA) scored first in game two as the Lady Blues scored a pair of runs in the fourth when Brittany Cushing homered to left field. 

The Lions answered back with two runs in the fifth to tie the game when Bax singled to start the inning. She scored when when Jessica Brooks followed that up with a double down the right field line. Brooks then scored on an RBI double from Turner. 

Both teams remained scoreless and forced extra innings when the Lions went ahead 3-2 in the top of the eighth on an RBI single from Turner that scored Brooks who had doubled to lead off the inning. 

Washburn tied the game in the bottom of the eighth and won in the ninth on an RBI single from Lindsay Moore. 

Tiffany Bennett started for Southern and went 8.2 innings, scattering nine hits and allowing four runs. 

Turner, Brooks and Natalie Nelson had two hits each, while Turner drove in two and Brooks one. 

The Lions will be back in action on Tuesday when Southern plays host to Northeastern State in a double-header beginning at 4 pm at Kungle Field. Southern will also host NSU on Wednesday in another double-header beginning at 2 pm.