Topeka, Kan. – The Missouri Southern Lions (16-33, 5-13 MIAA) split with the Washburn Lady Blues (18-22, 9-11 MIAA) winning game one 7-6 before falling in the night cap 11-2 in five innings Saturday afternoon at the WU Softball Complex.
The Lions entered the final half inning up 7-1 on Washburn and withstood a five run rally to take game one 7-6.
The Lady Blues struck first scoring a run in the bottom half of the first inning before Southern would plate four runs in the top half of the third as the Lions loaded the bases with no outs. Senior Brooke Hurley would single in the first two runs, seniors Brianna Fulkerson and Breanna Volkmann, and senior Alysha Poteat would double in Hurley and sophomore Shelby Romines to complete the scoring in the inning.
Southern would add another two runs in the fourth as Fulkerson and sophomore Brooklyn Farrell would score on an error by the Washburn left fielder. Hurley would round out the scoring with a solo homerun in the visitor's half of the seventh.
Sophomore Haley Pypes (10-9) got the start and went six innings and faced six batters in the seventh allowing six runs, all earned, on five hits with six strikeouts. Junior Hannah Cooke came in relief to record the three outs in the seventh for her first save on the season.
Washburn struck early and often as the Lady Blues run ruled Missouri Southern, 11-2, in the nightcap to salvage a split in Topeka.
The Lions managed six hits, two by Volkmann and Hurley, and one a piece from Romines and freshman Brooke Swadley. Southern would get on the board in the top of the fifth as Volkmann would single home Swadley and Hurley would double home Volkmann for the Lions two runs.
Junior Hannah Cooke got the start for Southern going 1 2/3 innings allowing five runs, all earned, on six hits. Sophomore Arlisa Arwood pitched 1 2/3 innings in relief allowing two runs, both earned, on five hits and sophomore Chasity Henson pitched the final 2/3 of the fourth inning allowing four runs, two earned, on five hits.
The Lions will travel to Hays, Kansas to close out their regular season against the Fort Hays State Tigers with a doubleheader starting at 2pm.