Turner's grand slam lifts Lions to a split with Northeastern State

Joplin, Mo. -- Angie Turner hit a two-out grand slam in the sixth inning of game two to lift the Lions to a comeback win and split the double-header with Northeastern State today. Southern dropped game one 10-2, but won the nightcap 13-10. 

Southern (15-29-1) came from behind twice in game two. After NSU (14-28) went up 2-0 in the first inning, the Lions scored four unanswered to take a 4-2 lead after two. Kelli Bax drove in two in the second inning with a single up the middle and stole second, then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Natalie Nelson walked to put runners at the corners and Angie Turner drove in Bax with an infield single. 

NSU then scored two more runs in the third before the Lions added a run in their half of the inning on another RBI single from Bax. 

The Riverhawks exploded for five runs in the top of the fifth as the knocked out four hits in the inning. The Lions answered, however, and tied the game at nine with four runs of their own in the bottom half of the inning, highlighted by a two-RBI single from Natalie Nelson and a two-RBI triple from Megan Roark. 

The big knock of the game, however, came with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Turner worked the count full and promptly deposited the ball over the wall in left-center for her sixth home run of the year and put the Lions up 13-9. 

NSU scored a run in the seventh, but Kelli Bax finished off the game and picked up the win, throwing two and two thirds of an inning of relief. She scattered four hits and allowed just one run. 

Turner drove in six in game two and came one short of tying a Missouri Southern record for RBIs in a game (Whitney Clute had 7 against Northwest Missouri in 2009). Bax went 3-4 and tied a school record of her own with four runs scored and three RBIs. Nelson and Roark drove in a pair of runs each, while Krista Bomak scored three times. 

Southern left 10 on base in game one as Northeastern State banged out 15 hits and scored eight runs over the final four innings to win game one, 10-2. 

Bax had a pair of hits in game one, while seven other Lions had a hit each. Clute started for the Lions and went three and two thirds of an inning, allowing just two earned runs. 

The Lions will be back in action this weekend when they travel to Maryville, Mo. to compete in the second MIAA crossover hosted by Northwest Missouri.