Lions Softball Drops a Pair in Day Two of MIAA Crossover

Springfield, Mo. - The Missouri Southern Lions Softball team (12-10) dropped a pair of games today in day two action of the first MIAA Crossover of 2011.  The Lions dropped game one 9-7 to the Washburn Lady Blues and then lost to the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 22-4.

Game One

Junior Brooke Hurley hit her first two home runs of the season and sophomore Dawn Grass added a solo shot but the Lions comeback just fell short falling 9-7 to the Lady Blues of Washburn University.

Southern jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning off a RBI single by senior Megan Roark that scored juniors Nicole Reed and Breanna Volkmann.  Hurley led off the second inning with her first of two home runs in the game to tie the game at 3-3. 

Washburn would take a 5-3 lead in the top of the third and the Lions answered in the bottom half as Hurley singled to left field scoring junior Kiley Seibenaler, who was pinch running for Reed, and Grass scored on a passed ball.

The next three innings would see the Lions and Lady Blues combine for just four hits, three for Washburn and one for Southern, before the Lady Blues would score four runs in the top of the seventh inning.

The Lions would add just two more runs, as Grass led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run followed by the second of Hurley's two homers.

Reed (8-3) pitched 6 1/3 innings for Southern allowing nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits and stuck out five, while walking two.

Game Two

Freshman Chasity Henson pitched one scoreless inning in relief for Southern after they spotted the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks 14 runs in the first inning and dropped game two 22-4.

Freshman Shelby Romines (0-2) got the start for the Lions.  Sophomore Kayce Moore and senior Tiffany Bennett also saw action in the circle.  Bennett allowed only four earned runs against the powerful Maverick lineup on 10 hits, and she struck out three while only walking one Maverick.

Southern's offense came in the top of the fifth inning scoring four on Nebraska-Omaha.  As junior Jessica Brooks, junior Alysha Poteat, freshman Madison Reed, and freshman Kaitlin King scored the Lions runs.

King went 1-for-2 in the game, senior Lauren Hasty was also 1-for-2 at the plate.  Madison Reed went 1-for-1.

Southern will face Fort Hays State at 10 am and Missouri Western at noon in the two final games of the first MIAA Crossover of 2011, tomorrow at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield, Mo.